Like many people, I have had a weight yo-yo problem for years. I can remember being in high school and thinking about how fat I was. In reality, I had a poor self body image. I was thin and just did not see it. Now, I am at my highest weight and when I look in the mirror I cannot believe it is me. I have a daughter now, and I don’t want her to think that being heavy is the healthy way to be. I am also afraid that my bad habits will rub off on her. I don’t want her to go through the same challenges that I have encountered over the years.
Recently, I visited my doctor for my annual physical and he said to me that my body is handling the weight now, but as I get older I will definitely start to have problems. I am closing in on being forty. I always hear about how your metabolism changes once you hit your forties.
Clinically, I am considered “obese” and that is not something I thought I would ever be. I get really sad and embarrassed about it. I want to lose the weight but it will be harder than just exercising. I am going to have to work on how I think about myself and how I handle the stresses in my life. I will also have to learn to eat better and cut out the large amount of soda I consume each day.
The reality that my weight is out of control led to my decision to take 2009 and focus on me. I am a mom, wife and employee and I give so much of myself to them but I don’t give anything to me. This is my time. I have decided to train for a half marathon. I have set a realistic goal of January 2010 to accomplish this. I know that I can achieve this goal.
Unfortunately, I do not have the money right now to hire a trainer or join a gym. So, I have had to be resourceful in finding the best way for me to train. I have researched multiple websites to determine how I should train and I found a good schedule for beginners on the Runners World website. I have also been checking other health websites to find out other tips on nutrition and training. My other resources are family and friends that have done triathlons and marathons to share their experiences and tips. I have created a binder with all of the information and tips I have found so I can use it as a reference. I also use it to log my workouts and my diet. It is a good way to keep me honest. I have included my workouts in my day-to-day calendar so it is scheduled just as I would schedule a work appointment. It is always an important appointment that I must keep.
I have done my first two workouts, I am changing my eating habits and have increased my water intake. I am sore and tired, but I am carrying a lot of weight and I knew this was not going to be easy. The best part is I have the support of my family and friends that are cheering me along the way. It took time for me to get to this place and I know that it will take time for me to get back in shape both mentally and physically.
So, now, I begin my journey. I am completely out of shape, so it is going to be a hard long road, but in the end, I know it will be worth it.
You can follow Michelle’s progress at http://triptobetterhealth.blogspot.com/.
Article By Michelle Hentzell