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Taking Time Off

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I made the hard decision to leave my wonderful Spirited Underdawgs team and the 5% Challenges. I've been with them for over a year and I've loved every minute of it and met some wonderful people. However, in that time, I haven't changed anything about myself. I went through all the motions but I didn't lose any weight or gain in any health benefits because I was still me and still doing all the things that caused me to gain. At least I managed to maintain throughout all that time.

Something had to change. For me, that meant I needed to put the energy back into myself instead of putting it into making sure I was reporting every day and following the challenges (and not doing anything else, really). I got into the mindset that once I "checked in" with the team every day that I didn't need to do anything else, and I know that's not how being healthy works. So, I had to leave the team to get myself back into doing FOR ME instead of for the team. I hope that once I get that right that I can return to my old team and rejoin all the fun with a healthy balance of team and myself.

I took the last week or so off completely. I went to PA to visit family. I ate whatever and whenever I wanted. I didn't track anything. I honestly felt pretty gross and bloated and didn't really enjoy it, but I felt like I needed to get it out of my system, if that makes sense. Sort of hit the reset button.

Today, I started the C25K program. Even though I've always disliked running (or even walking), it did great things for me when I lost weight last time when I combined it with biking and other activities. The workout would have been a lot more fun if it was 35 degrees cooler out there, but that's temporary and I know I'm just overheated because I'm overweight. I was a lot more heat tolerant at a normal weight, even cold a lot of the time.

My second batch of homemade kombucha should be about ready to bottle! I'm not sure what flavors I'm going to do this time.

So, that's about it for me for the last month!
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    793 days ago
  • REESEK65
    I didn't know you were up to PA for a ride. If you let me know next time we can hit the trail together. I worked up to 18 miles in 1.5 hours. I won't ride the roads ever again thanks to a creepy white van(read my blog for more details.)
    1272 days ago
    Focusing on yourself is what this is about. We will miss you in the pack and I hope you'll be back! Take some time and make a plan. You can do this! Treat it like a job, spend your calories as if it's money. You get 1,200 per day: spend it wisely. Weigh, measure, and track. This is possible. emoticon
    1289 days ago
    1295 days ago
    Good on ya - you got this!
    1295 days ago
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