On this message board, a few of us gather to support each other in goals of fitness, health, and weight loss. In a recent conversation, a friend commented to me, "Jamie - Look at where you are now compared to a year ago." She included a link to our conversation from a year ago. I obligingly clicked that link and was surprised in a few ways.
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Where am I now? I weigh just shy of twenty pounds less than I did then, and I have reached a point where weight loss has taken a backseat to my fitness and health goals. It now comes as a side effect. I still struggle to exercise regularly, but I have discovered a passion for running. I won't consider buying diet foods or foods with artificial sweeteners in the name of weight loss or any other reason for that matter. It's just not an option. When I eat fast food, it makes me physically ill, and so I happily just don't do that. I make most of what we eat from scratch. I am living vegan for Lent filling my days with whole foods that nourish the body and soul. I am cooking things I've never cooked, and I am enjoying the way I eat. I'm not obsessing about portion sizes or emotional eating. For the most part, I eat when I'm hungry until I'm full. Sometimes I overindulge, but now my body lets know because it's no longer used to that kind of treatment. The discomfort reminds me why I don't do that anymore.
But let's add some perspective. Let's look at where I am now. I finished my 5K on Saturday with a time 31 seconds faster than my 5K in September. I have run 9 times in the past 24 days, and that number will go to 10 after today's run. Even with a entire week off, I am averaging 3 runs per week for the first time in six months. Six months ago I toyed with the idea of running a 10K but it was intimidating. I ran that 10K. Now, I am intimidated again by my goal, but this time it's a half marathon. Six months ago, I thought I was pretty cool for running in a drizzle. Since then I've taken to the road and cranked out 4 miles in 18 degree temperatures.
What a powerful message! Look at where you are now. Let's think about where we are now opposed to constantly thinking of where we want to be. Take a look at where we are now as compared to a year ago, or maybe even a month or a week ago. It's great to have goals and to aspire to improve ourselves. In fact, it's part of my personal mission statement to seek growth. But, sometimes it helps to slow down.
I'm not perfect. I have a lot of things upon which I want to improve, but heeding the advice of a friend and looking at where I am now has shown me how far I've come and renewed my energy in moving forward.
Where are you now? Where have you come from?