So, I am now gearing for the Silk & Satin 5K run at the end of July. I now know that I will be able to jog the whole thing, which was my ultimate goal. Now I am going to try to cut down my time. Not sure how much I can cut it down. I do about a 16 minute mile. Seems pretty slow on paper, but doesn’t feel slow while I am going around the track! I wear a heart rate monitor and keep my HR around 145 on average. That is a comfortable pace for me to go consistently at for the duration. I am hoping that a continued pace of that will eventually make the time go down as my body becomes more and more used to jogging. I still can’t believe I can go this far!
It seems like many people on different forums are really struggling now. They are all at different stages in their weight loss. Some are having trouble getting started, some have reached a significant milestone (say 50 pounds), and now can’t stay on track. It’s hard to give advice on that, although I have been there and back several times. Getting the mojo back takes dedication. Right now, I cannot imagine another alternative than to keep going. Those days where I want to say “F**k it, pass the pastries, please” are fewer now, but they still happen. When I am hanging on by a thread, I just try to get inspiration wherever I can find it. Whether that is reading other peoples’ blogs, or different forums, or success stories. Just convincing myself that I can make it through the next meal, and then do the next meal. Eventually, grinding it out gets me back to even playing field – as long as I keep at it.
Not sure what words of wisdom there are in this post (if any), but maybe it is just that there will be times when you have to roll around in the trenches to keep going. Tough it out, and it will get better – and remember that for the next time.