Monday, November 02, 2020

Adapting for Success

 Weight loss…..boy is this journey full of adaptations and changes!  I think I have it figured out and then it hits me hard and I realize that I have no clue what I’m doing.  These last months have been this way.  I have been grasping at straws.  Resisting change.  And just not working my weight loss journey to my advantage.  Actually, I’ve gone backwards in this journey!  Yes, I’ve gained weight.  (at the highest 19 pounds to be exact).  I decided that it was time to change and adapt!

Running as an Overweight Woman and the changes Coming my Way

I have enjoyed running and I have been so anxious to get back to it.  So about two weeks ago I started.  I felt great going out there, even though it was tough and slow!  But almost immediately I started to feel some pain. I don’t mean the normal ‘I’m just sore from a workout’ pain.  I mean pain…..leg buckling from the issue pain.  But I had made a vow to run….so I kept running!  I wanted to run. 

After about two weeks though I had come to the conclusion in my mind that at my current weight I just needed to step back from running for a bit.  I had never run at this weight (maybe for a good reason).  I knew that I was not helping my body but rather beating it up.   I resisted giving up.   But then one day when we were walking after work, my knee buckled again and I could barely walk for a bit.  Jason actually offered to go get the car to come pick me up. (I said no and soldiered through.)  In the ensuing conversation he gently suggested that I need to lay off running for a bit.  At least until I get some of the weight off of my body.  He wants me healthy….not broken.  I have to agree….just two weeks of running was breaking me!  

So those new running shoes that I have worn just 2 times are going into their box and going to sit on the shelf for a few weeks/months until my body can handle it!   For now, it’s low impact stuff like the bike and walking!

Adapting my Weigh in Day

Sooo…here is the biggie. I have been talking a lot lately about my calories and how I need to keep my calories at a lower level.   That was the first epiphany.  I was spot on with that statement.  I had to figure that out and accept it.   Lesson accepted.  The next epiphany was realized and accepting that some of my struggles are due to the lack of consistency with my eating.  My calorie count is higher on the weekends.  I typically struggle and gain a bit during the weekends.   I see the weight pop up and I clean up my act during the work week (when it is easier for me to stay on track).  I can ‘usually’ recoup my weight gain and show a maintain for the week.  It is a true see saw action! 

Years ago I was going to Weight Watchers on Tuesday nights.  My weekend at that time was Sunday through Monday.  Thus, I had to be spot on through my weekend in order to have a decent weigh in on Tuesday evening.  Yes…..that goes against conventional thought doesn’t it???   But do you know what?  It worked for me.  That looming weigh in kept me in line.  I was so much more cognizant of my weekend eating.  I kept it in line.  I wasn’t tempted to ‘go crazy because I have the whole week to fix it”.  

So with that said, I am changing my official weigh in day.  For the last few years I have been weighing in on Friday mornings. (And it is all downhill from there.)  No more…….I will be changing my weigh in day to Monday.  This first week is going to be tough because I have two weekends to navigate.  But I have a weigh in looming and I know that I can do it!

Change isn’t easy.  It is much easier to stick with what we are doing.  It is the path of least resistance.  However, that path doesn’t always bring us success.  I am changing and I am adapting because I want success!!!!!!

(Ohhhh and I maintained this week!)


Stained Glass Butterfly said...

I had to take a break from running when I re-started too. My body just wasn't ready yet after my weight gain. I would take a few weeks off, do other workouts, try a short run, see how it felt, until one day I didn't feel like I was doing more damage than good.

Amy said...

As someone who has damaged my knee running, I found out after that my weak hips and glutes likely helped caused the issue, leading to improper form. I also have high arches and am learning this makes me more vulnerable to issues that can become very problematic like plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. I'm glad you are listening to your body. Its when I pressed on despite the pain when my cartilage tore and running is not an option for me anymore.
I like the idea of changing the weigh in day. We have to use every tool we can in this battle! I wish you the best!

SANRDJ said...

Funny you should write about this today. I too have been feeling that a wednesday WI is not working for me. I have contemplated changing to a Monday as it mentally does keep one more accountable over the weekend. I may join you on that one~! With regards to your running, I agree take a break. You don't need to do that right now. Walk...if it hurts, stop and ride instead. You want your body to be healthy and the impact of running may just be too much for it right now. It will come! :)

peppylady (Dora) said...

I ran in middle school and high school, nothing great. Although I didn't have weigh trouble. But my family on my mom side tend have large boobs and it put a damper on activity. If I did run I would use my are to hold them down.
Stay Safe and Coffee is on

Iowabovine said...

I don't usually overeat unless really today I am fighting an urge to eat the entire block of Swiss cheese while waiting for election results! ha. Everyone vote!!

I have decaf Irish coffee planned for later tonight. Maybe that will keep me under control until after the polls close!

MaryFran said...

I am definitely switching it up and stopping away from running....for the time being! I’ll get my body back ready to run again! ASAP!!

MaryFran said...

Thank you! I’ve had a few people kinda indicate that I’m wimping out and to push through. I needed to hear your affirmation that I’m doing the right thing by stepping back from running for the time being!

MaryFran said...

This weigh in things and the’s kinda obsessive! I’m thinking about averaging all my daily weigh ins for the week. That would also eliminate and help me stay accountable because those high weights would make my average higher!!!

MaryFran said...

That is definitely a problem when running!!! I tuck my puppies in good with a tight sports bra and luckily I’m not that big!

MaryFran said...

Oh heavens! Refrain because the results are aooo slowly coming...this is the longest slowest most drawn our election I’ve ever seen!!!