So here I am with 5 weeks (well nearly four *gulp*) to go until the Liverpool Half Marathon, then, last night, I decided to do myself a liddle weight change chart (see yesterday’s post). Suddenly I realise I’ve only got about six or eight weeks until I’ve been on my ‘healthier’ lifestyle for 12 months. 12 months. 12. One whole year. One year. Wow.
My first ‘weigh in’ was two weeks into May 2011. Theoretically, this means I’ve got until two weeks into April 2012 before it’s a year since I started. Why am I bothered?
Being honest with you… When I looked at yesterday’s change chart, I was kind of disappointed. Why? Well, I was disappointed because I hadn’t maintained a strong (weight loss) focus beyond six months. When I looked at the numbers, it irked me. I began with such great progress, then, I messed up and slammed the gears in reverse. I really wish I could have just stayed in the zone. Not for the sake of big losses (although that would have been good), no, I just wish I’d have stayed as discipled as the latter months of the year continued to pass. I could have looked back and been proud of every month, not just April – September. Because let’s face it, I’ve got a lot to be proud of in those months :-D
In real terms, it’s not a big issue, it’s a moot point. I have ‘changed’ my lifestyle (to a greater or lesser degree) and that is the most important thing. Plus, I’ve lost a hell of a lot of weight (nearly 80 lbs to date). It just frustrates me that four and a half months a go, I was so close to having lost 100 lbs.
Well, I’ve decided I want to do a big push to the end of the 12 month period. A big weight loss push that is.
“But Paul, you keep banging on about weight loss not being your focus…” Yes I know. And yes, I know I periodically write stuff like this in the blog which seems to suggest the opposite, but, I know you all understand the dilemmas and the frustrations involved, so you will forgive me I’m sure.
Here is my reasoning…
I want to push to become a member of the 100 Club in a 12 month period. That being, a person who has lost over 100 lbs in weight. It’s going to mean losing just over 20 lbs in – yes you guessed it – six to eight weeks. Can I do it?
It’s going to be hard. Especially as I’m training for the Half Marathon. Who knows. I may or may not achieve it. It’s just an itch I have to try and scratch.
Things aren’t helping this week, as I’ve still got a bad calf from last Sunday’s run (exacerbated by a long walk today – idiot), but hopefully next week, I can get back with it. Hopefully, I can run to train for the 18th of March and take a few extra steps to drop some serious weight bombs :-D
Who knows. If nothing else, it’s one more goal, aim – whatever you want to call it – to take me further.
What do you think? Go for it? Just focus on the run cos you’ve already done great losing weight? Comment and let me know.