I am entering week 10 of taking care of myself.
My body is not only changing, but so is my level of fitness.
There are a few things I do to help myself stay on track.
I weigh myself to monitor change.
I take pictures to remind myself of where I started and where I want to go.
And I also have a few benchmarks I’ve set for myself. And every couple weeks I retest those.
On Thursday nights, I bring Number 3 and 4 to swim practice, and my husband stays home with the other kids.
So I have over two hours to myself.
There are good sidewalks in the town they practice in, so it’s the perfect place for me to go for a run.
Seven weeks ago I ran a two mile loop. I had just started running again, and I was DYING.
My only goal was to run two miles without walking.
I did it, and my average pace was 11:38/mile.
I decided I’d use that as a benchmark and see where I was in a few weeks.
Last Thursday I ran the same loop again (I stopped running right at 2 miles now that I know how far I have to run), and my average pace was 10:33/mile.
In seven weeks I’m a minute and five seconds faster per mile!
I’m still nowhere near in the running shape I was in four years ago, but I’m way faster than I was seven weeks ago!
That’s why I use all these different methods to measure change. It keeps me on track, and it keeps me motivated to continue making healthy choices and decisions, especially when I don’t really want to.
Speaking of change, I’ve got updated pictures.
Before I get to those, a couple things.
First, in my beginning picture I was running late and I only had a short window of time to get the pictures taken and I had worked out that morning but hadn’t showered, and even though it’s a before picture, I am seriously wishing I had taken a shower because my hair looks terrible.
But my week 10 hair is pretty awesome.
Maybe the dietary changes have something to do with it, too. Maybe it’s just the shower.
Either way, I had a good hair day this morning when I took new pics.
The second thing I’d like to address is my one piece bathing suit/running clothes tan lines. I’ve been running more and teaching swim lessons outside, so I’ve got some interesting tan lines going on.
Those are probably gonna get worse before they get better.
It doesn’t matter.
I’m carrying less weight around my middle which means I have lowered my risk of heart disease.
I’m measurably faster and stronger and more physically fit than I was two months ago.
And I feel great.
If you are struggling on the path to a healthier life, don’t throw in the towel!
And if you could use a little support, join us on Facebook at Not Your Average Fitness Group. There are hundreds of women (including me!) who can relate to your struggles and who can give you encouragement and answer questions when you have them!
Hope to see you there!
So inspiring! Thank you for sharing your journey!
Sunny A. says
Great job Susie. Your hair looks great in both pictures by the way. I have started on a path to fitness too but have not been exercising (bad me. I have a rowing machine and will get on it today, you’ve inspired me!). I’m 55, and have a similar belly profile. In April I weighed 175 at 5’-7” and as of today (June 25th) I weigh 158. I learned what foods cause inflamation, about lectins in foods (read “Are You Lectin Sensitive?” in https://www.selfhacked.com/blog/are-you-lectin-sensitive-using-genes-symptoms-and-blood-tests/) – and how to avoid eating them. Have been eating sugar free(ish) use Bochasweet or Stevia as a sugar substitute now. Eating less meat (4oz a day) more fish, more vegetables (mostly cruciferous no/low nightshade family) less fruit and goat instead of cow dairy if possible. U.S. food supply wheat and oat products are avoided as much as possible. Processed/artificial foods are out too, as are certain types of nuts (almonds, macadamia, coconut nuts are okay) like peanuts (really a legume, and beans are avoided), cashews are both bad. Anyway. Keep up the good work and maybe look into if you could be lectin sensitive. Just because it works for me doesn’t mean it will for you, but sharing what works for some is a good thing I figure. Love your blog!