I didn’t really think it was possible. Really. I may demonstrate resolve and confidence in my blogs, but as with most (all) social media you always put your best self forward. I have shown some of my personality warts: paranoia, fashionista-itis, maybe a little judgement. Hopefully not too much. What I mostly tried to do was tell you, and myself, that all was great and that staying positive and motivated is the key.
It has been some time since I checked in. My trip to Europe certainly threw me for a curve and I’m still in recovery mode. Having also gone back to Europe this fall for work wasn’t helping either. I love German-Austrian and Eastern European food way too much. Brings me back to childhood. And a beer at every corner and park bend to cool off in 90+ degree heat and those hikes in the Alps wasn’t helping either. The beer garden is a way of life there. The only saving grace was keeping up my running, walking 25K steps a day and 20 mile bike rides several times a week, swimming in a glacial lake, and hiking up castle hills and mountains. And I still gained four pounds.
Back in the real world, all that activity is behind me until my next vacation.My typical week looks like:
- 4 days running
- 2-3 days alternate activity (swim, hike, paddle, bike, elliptical)
- 1 couch potato day (unintentional or just plain lazy)
- 1500 – 1800 calories per day
- 12K steps per day
- Mostly healthy diet with 1-2 splurge meals for date and friend nights
- Beer almost daily – a habit from abroad that I’m not giving up
What I accomplished in body image:
- waist: 31 to 24
- chest: 38 to 34
- pants: 12 to 00
- tops: large to extra small
- dresses: 14 to 2
- shoe size: 6 1/2 (sometimes 7) to 6
- boots: no longer need wide calf
- Still 4′ 11″ – didn’t get taller as weight couldn’t pull me down anymore, but at least I didn’t shrink!
I swing three pounds and there are days when I’m so bloated I could just scream in frustration. But, I’ll never get back to 108 unless I get back on the strict program and that’s okay. Tom wasn’t that thrilled with me there and likes a little more on my bones. But, I also think some of the increase is from muscle. My skin is much tighter now than when I was the same weight over a year ago. There is also more muscle definition. So, 110 – 113 is not a bad place to be. (Although I secretly wish I could be 108 again, its just too much work)
Overall, every day is still a mindful day. I have good ones and bad ones. There isn’t a final destination but rather a method to living healthy. The benefits have outweighed the work to get here and stay here. Never could I have had as much fun on our summer vacation, skied as much last winter, gotten reacquainted with the White Mountains, or rekindled my marriage without being healthy and fit.
Do I want to…
- just lie on the couch all day
- stuff myself with gelato
- slam through a juicy burger
- have that extra slice of pizza
Then I remember, I’m 49 and can do the same things I did when I was 19, and do them better. It’s my own Benjamin Button story. That’s what keeps me going…
2016 on the left, 1 month before I started my journey. 2018 on the right, this summer.