Lately my blogger friends Shelley and Helen had some great posts about not appreciating yourself enough for what you’ve achieved and about finishing what you’ve started.
Their posts gave me some food for thought to think about myself. The first 25 years of my life I had no overweight. I had a great body and I did appreciate it. Looking at photos of myself was fun. At 25 I left my parents house and moved in with R. in the house we bought together.
I had never lived on my own, neither had R., and I could buy and cook the food I want. At home my Mom did the cooking and we had to eat what she made. All of the sudden I had so many choices and not all of them were the right ones. The next 6 years I slowly gained a bit every year, a total of about 4 kg (8 lbs) over 6 years. Not very much but enough to make me feel uncomfortable in my body.
At that time I went to the gym only once a week for a Steps class (till my 27th or so I didn’t exercise a lot). In September 1999 I decided I wanted to lose those 6 kg and joined WW. It worked, I lost it all before December 31th and kept it off till May 2000.
In that month my Dad died and dealing with my grief and loss I ate, ate and ate. This lead to my highest weight ever in 2003: 89.2 kg (196 lbs). It took me a couple of years to get where I am now, somewhere between 78 (171 lbs) and 80 kg (176 lbs). But this is not a healthy weight for me. A healthy weight is 73-74 kg (160 lbs-163 lbs).
Since 2009 my exercising is great! I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished with my running. But my eating is sometimes good for a couple of weeks and then it’s all over the place and I stay at that weight of 78-80 kg.
I’m turning 43 tomorrow and it’s realistic to say that I’m halfway in this life. The first 25 years I had a great body and appreciated it. Then for 6 years it was okay. But the past 11 years I treated my body bad.
Back to finishing what you’ve started. Following Helen’s footsteps is that I’m going to finish what I’ve started back in 2000 and get rid of this overweight once and for all by taking one step at a time (Heidi hope you don’t mind I borrowed the title of your blog). I don’t have a date in mind when I want to be at goal weight but I have decided that once I get there I won’t go back, I won’t look back and I am going to appreciate my body from that point on.
So my birthday gift to myself this year is to give me back the healthy body I once had. Only this time it’s not just a healthy weight but I also will be at a much better fitness level than back when I was 25.
Oh and of course the other gift to myself is ………… shoes! 🙂
This morning I went out with no goals for distance or pace. Just run. And I did okay, I did walk 2 times but overall it felt good.
Weather: dry, sunny, little wind, 17C (62 degrees)
Distance: 6 K / 3.7 miles
Average time: 6:50 /km
Average speed: 8.8 km/hour
Last song on Ipod before finish: Glee Cast – Hell to the no
365 days photo challenge 2011
Day 134 – Saturday May 14
Beautiful clouds on Saturday
Day 135 – Sunday May 15
Went to a city park in a different town for a walk.
Day 136 – Monday May 16
One more photo of Sunday’s walk.
Day 137 – Tuesday May 17
Bella’s got a new friend.
Day 138 – Wednesday May 18
Teammeeting from work.
Day 139 – Thursday May 19
Treat at work for my birthday and 2 other colleagues who had their birthday this week too.
Day 140 – Friday May 20