This is not a weight loss blog.
This is NOT a weight loss blog.
Ok, now that I got that out of the way, I must say that since I began running and taking care of myself in August/September, I am down more than 18 lbs! On my own. With sheer hard work. All my own.
I want to do a little celebratory dance right now.
But I am at work and dancing would probably draw a crowd and some weird looks. So instead, I will just have a little party in my head. !!!! 🙂 !!!! 🙂 !!
Let’s think for a minute about what this weight loss means. I did a search on the interwebs and found this little nugget:
So, I’m not quite at 20 lbs. lost, but check that out. Just a few months ago, I was running and working out while essentially toting around a full car tire, or a pug. I ran with a pug, people.
Another way to look at it:
I ran miles and miles while carrying not one, but FOUR chihuahuas in tow. FOUR little buggy-eyed chihuahuas!
While this isn’t a weight loss blog, when I began my 100 Days of Running challenge several months ago, I was prepared and very welcome to the idea that running would help me shed weight. It was not necessarily my only goal, but it would be an awesome byproduct. And since beginning, I have slowly lost pounds while also slowly adding mileage to my routine, assuming the added mileage would speed up results. I topped off at 6.6 miles before I had to stop.
But what’s weird is that I have had the most dramatic weight loss since STOPPING running (due to my IT Band problem, for which I have been seeing a physical therapist). Almost 4.5 lbs. lost in just 2 week’s time—part of that time which included an indulgent Thanksgiving day of eating and revelry. To replace my runs, I have supplemented my workouts with yoga, modified cross training, and the recumbent bike. I was certain that my results would slow down because of my lack of running, but after weighing myself this morning, I was so wrong! My body was craving something different.
Running is so great and I will continue to run once I get the green light from the doctor. But I think that even when I do add it back to my routine, I am going to ease up on it. I got a little too intense about it for a while. Maybe run fewer days of the week. Maybe vary my mileage.
Running is not out. But variation is in.
Next workout I want to try: ballet. I am no dancer, but I like the idea of working out and stretching and challenging my body in a new way. And also maybe developing some fun skills in the meantime.
What are some unique or different workouts you have tried in order to mix up your routine? Hot yoga? Belly dancing? Zumba? A little Richard Simmons?