There is a little something I’ve been hiding from my blog…
I am finally on track with losing some weight.
Back in January, I set some goals for this year. For the record, I bombed on every one of them 🙁 The one that I had the highest hopes for was losing 20 pounds by June. I basically didn’t lose anything between January and June. I was very disappointed in myself.
The disappointment hit its peak during our summer vacation. Jason and I were trudging up the most challenging stretch on our Lembert Dome hike. I was getting very frustrated with the effort it was taking me to hike that first mile. Even though a lot of it had to do with the altitude, I couldn’t help but feel that my weight and mediocre physical fitness played a role.
I did not feel good about myself.
Now when I say my weight was a problem, it was just that my weight was out of the ideal zone based on my height. My healthy range is between 116 and 157 pounds. Of course, 116 is totally absurd. But when I was feeling my very best, I was around 135 pounds. Since 2010, I had been tipping the scale at around 165 pounds. Not completely horrible, but definitely overweight.
That hike did not escape my memory when we returned home. I set out to get with it and lose that weight. And I did just that. Since August, I am down 7 pounds.
The last couple of months have been difficult. I’ve gone down a couple more pounds, back up a pound, then up another pound, and back down again. I’ve been skipping workouts, and stress has led to some not so good dinner choices…and maybe a little popcorn at work (we’re talking movie-style popcorn 😐 ).
I had been feeling so incredible, and I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Ultimately, my goal is to get down to 140 pounds. I am going to make it happen for my health and for my happiness. Of course, it’s more than just hitting a certain number. I want to be conditioned to do all the things I want to do these days – hiking, snowshoeing, running, etc.
When you stop to think about it, physical fitness and overall health play a big part in outdoor activities. Most of the blogs I read are healthy living blogs, and I’ve often seen their focus and purpose as very different from mine. The truth is that there shouldn’t be a big difference. To do the things we want to do outdoors, we need to be conditioned for it. And taking care of ourselves in a way that is also good for the earth connects with many healthy living principles.
I feel like I’m getting to a good place with how I’m treating my body, from working out to eating right. Getting there is half the battle.