Just Finish is going to be my new mantra. I have been thinking a lot about my weight loss journey and how I am like the turtle shuffling to the finish line. I have never been fast. I am not a fast learner. I struggled in school. I remember back in grade school, I would day dream. I would always be looking out the window. The teacher would try reeling my wandering mind back in. And when she did, I would have no idea what was just taught. I just don’t get jokes right away. After a joke is told in a group, I find that everyone around me is laughing and I am still trying to figure out the punch line. But I am fast at one thing. And that is eating. I love to eat fast!
I have one college friend who lost over 100 pounds in one year. 100 pounds!!!!! One year!!!!! That is a lot of weight. I have another friend that has lost over 200 pounds in one and half years! Can you believe that? 200 plus pounds???? And I think it has been around 250 pounds. And that was fast! They both have tremendous will power to stick to a program for such a long time. I can’t tell you how much I admire both of them.
And then there is me. Lose a pound. Gain a pound. Lose 1/4 of a pound. Gain 1/2 a pound. I still am hovering at 38 1/2 pound weight loss. But I admit I have consistently lost weight over the past 13 months. My losses are not great. And they will never be huge. But I am doing it!
When I was running this week, I kept saying to myself. Just Finish. It does not matter how fast you are going. Just put one foot in front of the other. Slow down if you need to. Just don’t stop! I have also been doing a lot of reading about running. According to these books, It is ok to walk during your run. I always thought I would be weak if I took a walking break. But according to these books walking during a run IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS.
So no matter how long this journey takes me, I will finish. When I get to the finish line it does not mean that I will quit or end. It will just mean that I have reached the goal line. I will be able to take a deep breath, drink a little more wine and enjoy my new found freedom.
So what I would like to get is a bracelet that says JUST FINISH. If anyone knows where I could get one, please let me know.
THIS WEEKS WEIGHT WATCHER SUMMARY
Lost 1.2 pounds
Tuesday – 28 points – Exercise – Running 3.2 miles
Wednesday – 23 points – Exercise – Day of rest
Thursday – 33 points – Exercise – Running 3.2 miles
Friday – 26 points – Exercise – Day of rest
Saturday – 23 points – Exercise – Walked 2 miles
Sunday – 30 points – Exercise – Ran (without stopping) 6 miles
Monday – 26 points – Exercise – Lifted weights and squats