Last week I felt like giving up on trying to lose weight. I’ll never be thin, I told myself. It’s impossible, I have too much to lose. I always try and I always fail. I missed a WW meeting, I’m doomed. Who am I to have a website about running? I can’t run anymore I’m too fat. Pretty soon, people will start to think I’m a fraud. So, ironically, I logged on to RunningIntoShape.com and read my old posts for inspiration, which is something I rarely do. I wanted to see what all the other people see. I was actually surprised. None of these feelings or struggles were new to me. And many of them actually have solutions! After reading my blog, I feel like I got bit by the running bug and I reminded myself of 5 important lessons that I learned overtime but somehow managed to forget.
Soda pop aka Liquid Satan is bad! (see the video) I’ve drastically limited my soda intake for the past few years, only having it on rare occasions. But, at my new job, they have free cans of soda in the fridge. What could one soda at lunch hurt? It’s okay to have a caffeine pick me up during the 3 o’clock slump right? I’m not addicted, I just like it right? WRONG! It does hurt my body, my face started to break out and my knees started back hurting. And, yes I did get re-addicted to caffeine. But, the lesson I forgot is that I can break the caffeine soda addiction. It might be an uncomfortable addiction to break, and it will take a few weeks, but it’s possible. I will cut out soda again.
Cookies are bad for me. I have no control over them. I can never eat just a small amount, I will always want more. There is no other food that causes me to eat so insanely, during and after the sugar rush. But, the lesson I forgot, is that God helps with even the smallest prayers, like “God help me be strong and eliminate cookies from my diet.” I am strong enough to say NO to free cookies, and I’m strong enough to throw them away. I’ve done it before, I can do it again.
- Years ago, I lost 50 pound in 6 months with the Weight Watchers program. Track your food, go to meetings, and get active. It’s not rocket science The lesson I forgot is that, If I’ve done it before, I can do that again too.
4. Running while being overweight is hard, and it forces you to dig deep and discover a strength that you didn’t know you had. I’m a big girl, and that didn’t stop me from running several 5K’s and it didn’t stop me from walking 13 miles under the blazing sun. The Lesson I forgot is, like my fellow juicy girl Tammy says, I might be slow, but I can run races just like everybody else.
5. The last lesson I forgot is that sometimes looking back at your own past success can be more inspiring than anything else.