The last few weeks have been a struggle! Food has been a challenge, prior to Warrior Dash I increased the calorie and carb intake to prepare for the event. I didn’t want to be in the same boat I was in after Muddy Buddy (near death ;)) . Increasing my calories also meant that I added new foods to my food plan that had not previously been there. Things like chili and soups, but I quickly realized that I was on a slippery slope. I found myself wanting to eat more and more and before I knew it food had become a focus again. Prior to this I had a routine, simple meals, lean protein, low in fat and 1200 calories a day and for the most part I ate the same few items! I thought long and hard about my journey to this point, all the hard work could quickly be covered up if I didn’t figure things out soon. Then came Halloween, the endless supply of candy all over the office, and although I didn’t motor through tons, I did partake and it plagued my mind and filled me with regret for a while now. I have struggled along this journey, I am in no way perfect but what I took from this situation is that I am more aware of how food makes me feel now. I made sure to express my concern to my wife and some close friends, something that never happened in the past. I am still fighting to figure this out and have stalled on the weight loss. But I weigh in tomorrow and hope to see that 2XX number that I have wanted for so long! My exercise has stayed consistent and I am in the process of making some major changes in that department. Details to come…
Post Warrior Dash, I found myself without a motivational tool. Warrior Dash provided a reason to train outside of the scale. So I took to the web in search of my next motivational tool. What I have learned is that I truly enjoy living this lifestyle. These events are a challenge and things that I never thought I would do. I found a 10K close to home that is taking place on November 22 – Thanksgiving – This is just a run, but a 10K. Just to be clear the furthest I have ever ran at one time was last night – 5.25 miles, and that was because I am working to get to that 10K length figured out. The event I is called the Turkey Trot and for those who live in the Bay Area, I am sure you have heard of it, 25,000 people running the streets on Thanksgiving morning. There is a 5K and 10K option and since this whole process is about accomplishing what I once thought to be impossible I chose to go for the 10K option.
Gobble, Gobble Baby – Gobble Gobble!
Struggle is to be expected and how I choose to respond says a lot about where I am mentally. I want to make sure that people know that this is not an easy thing to do and even though at times I appear to have so much under control the truth is, I take it day by day and even sometimes hour by hour. This is the most difficult thing I have ever taken on and the fear of failure exists. I have the desire and the want and am on a constant search for the will power. Even with many Non Scale Victories, the scale itself is the one thing that can put into perspective how well things are going. I will continue to fight the fight!
I often seek quotes to find inspiration, here are a few that I have been thinking about lately! Enjoy!
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” — Albert Einstein
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney
Until Next Time – Warrior, Training for Turkey Trot!