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!
I give you major props…I’m down 24lbs, and I feel like I still can’t move on to the running stage. I’m walking my ass off though. Keep up the great work, bro
Thank you! Keep on with the walking and try to run for short periods of time… and then walk it out… For the longest time I did a .25 mile jog followed by a .25 mile walk… and so on…I then upped it to .5 run and .25 walk and so on…. Last night was 5.25 of constant jog – I am not breaking land speed records, but jogging none the less!