Tales from the Scale: Slow, Steady, Sporty and Skirty

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking135 Comments

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At the end of 7 months of Eating Less and Moving More, we find ourselves here:

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JOURNALING READS: Seven months in and all is copacetic. This month finds me down 3 pounds from last, and it would make sense that things are slowing down just a bit. I’m moving 6 days a week (4 runs of varying length and two days of either biking or swimming) and I’m finding myself hungrier than I’ve been in a while. I’ve been blowing through those extra weekly points every week. I really feel my body needs them right now. I’m trying to be a better listener.

Speaking of better listening, I know I have to be careful with not over-doing the running. I’ve got some heel pain I’m trying to address right now. I can’t deny my fear of injury resulting in the inability to run at all. Yes, I DO have other options in swimming and biking, but there’s something about the run that is just a bit more lucrative from an overall fitness bang-for-your-buck standpoint.

I decided to join a running group, which feels pretty big to me, considering my tendency to do things on my own. I’ve gone to 4 of their weekend runs and each time I’ve almost talked myself out of it. But each time I go, I am rewarded with a run I would have never taken on my own. My overall mind set right now, while still wanting to eat well and continue to move toward my goal weight of 135, really has shifted into thinking like an athlete. If you would have told me that back in January, that I’m dreaming of running a half marathon some day, I would have belly laughed at you. And Lord knows, I had the belly size to REALLY laugh.

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Not a huge difference from last month, if you recall. Still, three more pounds? I'll take it. As one kind blog reader pointed out, "Go grab a pound of butter and look at it. Now you feel better about a pound, don't you?" Indeed, I do.

Since January, I've lost 36.9 pounds. That's a whole toddler. Or two chubby babies. Or one smallish-sized Golden Doodle. Or 36.9 pounds of shredded cheese.

Any way you look at it, it's an accomplishment.

I need to remind myself of this on those months where the numbers don't reflect much in the way of change. I need to remind myself of the complete transformation I've had and continue to have in my journey from Dieting Person to Wanna Be Athlete.

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Do I have a weight goal in mind? Yes. 135 to be precise. I think that's a nice number for a 5'6 woman in her mid-40s. If I reach that number, will there be a part of me that wonders how it might look and feel to re-visit the land of the 120s? Of course there will. I may be making strides in my fitness life, but I still have some body image issues lodged pretty far down in the old limbic system.

But for now, I'm not focusing on that. Instead, I'm focusing on what I am learning to be the only thing that really has to happen to maintain a healthy lifestyle at a weight I feel good at: Eat Less and Move More.

I think people want a secret pill, or a magical combination of nutrients, or a machine that does the work for you. I say that, because I am those kind of people. Or at least I was. I was the kind of person that didn't want to do the work. I just wanted the results. I was the kind of person who came up with a whole bevy of can'ts whenever I tried to figure out my issues with food and chub.

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I can't run. I can't eat healthy. I can't lose weight and keep it off. Can't. Can't. Can't.

The one thing running has taught me this year is to stop being such a whiner. Stop selling myself short on what is possible for my life. Stop dismissing things before you at least give 'em a fair shot. 

I don't think I have all the answers here and I'm not saying that indulging the occasional pity party isn't part of this process. But what I have discovered is that you don't have to hit rock bottom and wade around in a mucky pool of self-loathing to really start making changes in your life.

I simply believe this: Eat Less. Move More.

Make and renew the choice every single day. 

Some days will be goo gobs better than others.

And then pray to God that injuries don't send you into a downward spiral of Kelloggs Frosted Corn Flakes and salt 'n vinegar potato chips.

Amen.

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Cathy ZielskeTales from the Scale: Slow, Steady, Sporty and Skirty

135 Comments on “Tales from the Scale: Slow, Steady, Sporty and Skirty”

  1. #1
    Marja

    You look amazing Cathy, the difference is so noticeable and I know you feel much better and heathier! I am rejoining WW this Wed at my local meeting and am joining the gym to swim (it’s about the only exercise I enjoy). I want to lose weight but more importantly I want to be in better shape and health. I’m going to get those templates so I can document my journey like you have as it’s great to see all the visual changes and read the journaling!

  2. #3
    Jenny B

    Thank you so much Cathy for sharing your journey. I especially appreciate your honesty when you share your fears re injury and backsliding. I have worked hard this summer myself at establishing a regular exercise routine and I also began Weight Watchers 4 weeks ago. I’ve lost 8 pounds so far; although I have a long way to go, I am already seeing signs of increased health. It truly does make a difference for me to hear your story.

  3. #4
    Amy L

    Love this monthly update, and you have a wise philosophy. I read one of John Bingham’s books (The Courage to Start, which was the only one of his in the bookstore that day). Very enjoyable and I’m running regularly now! Having some joint issues which are tempering my distance, but trying to be patient.

  4. #6
    judy in huntsville [al]

    What do you clean your bathroom mirror with? It always looks so great in your photos! [Mine is spotty!] Congrats on the journey [YOU look great too!]- I’ve finally made the move [lol] to join WW and hope to begin my on road to health this week! [But I’ve gotta get THAT mirror clean so I can take my before photo! LOL THANKS for the inspiration!!!

  5. #7
    susan

    WOW!! Fabulous!! Totally Awesome!!

    I have been on the WW journey since January because of your inspiration/motivation. I made goal recently (27 gone baby!) but I need to get back to the gym. Need to tone and lose another 10 or so. Can’t wait until school starts back next month. I know I need to move more.

    Anyhoo, I look forward to the monthly updates. I enjoy following you on your journey and get a little push for myself to keep it going … instead of reaching for the nearest cupcake.

    Congratulations!!!!

  6. #11
    MonicaB

    You look so great! Keep up the good work. I did WW a few years back to get me started on my healthy journey. I’m now a fan of Clean Eating and Oxygen magazine. Now that I’m at my goal, I want to add muscle and definition to my body. It’s nice to see the average person doing great, you are an inspiration!

  7. #12
    RobynS

    And the crowd goes wild with excitement….the cheering….the yelling…I can hardly type. Another month of staying on track deserves a huge round of applause. Your picture is great. Last week on Oprah they had all of these people come out with these HUGE weight loss success stories. It is great. I am still staying committed. My big life change last month (that I wrote about in the discovery post below) has changed everything for me. But I am looking for the silver lining. The weight loss is s l o w but I am still walking and my daughter and I have actually gone to zumba classes. That fear of injury is very real. My back injury and surgery is was slowed my exercize momentum 16 years ago and I do not want that to happen again. 135 is a magical number. Always good when you can weigh less than your age. – One question, have you changed out your Nike sensor yet? I am still waiting for something to happen with mine and it has been in my shoe for more than 1000 hours.

  8. #13
    Abbey S.

    I absolutely LOVE these posts. You inspired me to get OUT and run — rather than stay in, in my nice cool basement on my treadmill that could incline if I wanted it to or stay flat if I wanted it to. I am currently training for my first half marathon… and after my 8 mile long run (my longest distance ever) this weekend I am actually feeling like I CAN do this. Thank you so much for your inspiration. I think you are awesome! =)

  9. #14
    Heidi

    You look fantastic, Cathy! I admire your strength and the big change you have made in your life.

  10. #15
    Betheroo

    Congratulations Cathy! Your pictures tell the story, and are so inspiring! (Salt and vinegar potato chips, mmmmmm!)

  11. #18
    cathy

    Jenny, i really do look at the after shot, and think, I hope im not just holding on to that by the skin of my teeth because thats happened before for me. But never with the level of activity im doing now. Again, its one day at a time. Renewing the commitment every day. Good luck!

  12. #19
    cathy

    Amy, have you also heard of Chi Running? It has helped me focus on my form. I didnt really know how to run, and the book is a little zen heavy, but… it has very concrete info on running form!

  13. #23
    cathy

    Robyn, my sensor is still going strong, but ive only had it since April, so that might explain it.

    Good for you on staying committed! Its not easy. It really isnt, but it gets easier, and even becomes rewarding, i think, in other ways than just a scale number!

  14. #24
    cathy

    8 milers. Wow. The farthest Ive gone is 6.3. Im actually following a very loose 1/2 training plan to see if i can make the mileage on a plan of that kind. I have an 8 miler slated for Sept. 25. ha! Ill have to see what shakes out!

  15. #27
    ale

    you look amazing, cathy! i’m trying to follow you, eating less and moving more. the eating part is so much harder for me… i guess i’ll put your before&after shots near my fridge to help me remember that the sacrifice is worth it.
    =^ . ^=

  16. #28
    Sandra

    Wow Cathy! You look so good! you inspire me to move on with losing weight! I know how it works but it’s hard to do….Your posts keep me positive! Thank you so much!

  17. #30
    Steph H

    “Make and renew the choice every single day”

    That really speaks to me. After a weekend of travel and less than stellar eating, I appreciate the reminder that I get to decide EVERY day how the day is going to go.

    You are all sorts of inspiring!

  18. #32
    Lori Massicot

    You look amazing! You are such an inspiration to me. I just started yesterday with my running program. Finished 1.5 miles and tomorrow I’ll do another and then two….and so on and so on.

    I’m going to be 43 in November and my goal is just to be as healthy as I possibly can be. So I’m right there with you.

    Thank you so much for your inspiration. You have no idea what an impact it has on me.

    xx

  19. #35
    cathy

    it really IS day to day. I mean, last Friday, I at 9 points worth of Kelloggs Frosted Flakes. I have no idea why. I just gorged on them. And then I sort of freaked out, like… WOW, i used to snack on these ALL the day. Saturday was a new day. Every day is a new day.

    : )

  20. #36
    raunda@gmail.com

    I could have written this post. I feel the exact same way. I have been running since June. I am finally up to 4 miles. I feel great! It is something about running that does something to your soul. Days you feel like talking yourself out of it, but feel great when you finish. You are looking great. Keep up the good work. Keep on running!!!!

  21. #37
    Cindy Johnston

    Cathy…you look fantastic! I can only imagine how awesome you must feel! You really are so inspiring! I know that following your ‘journey’ has made a difference to so many! thanks Cathy!! 🙂

  22. #38
    Sarah

    Congrats Cathy! Lookin’ good girl! Keep up the good work! (When you post the side-by-side comparison, THAT has got to make you feel SO AWESOME to see that kind of results from all of your hard work and dedication.)

  23. #41
    reyanna

    My word, Cathy! You look AMAZING! And 36.9 pounds? That’s like me when I was SIX years old! LOL. Yeah, I was a tiny thing. :-p

    Gosh, you’re so inspiring! And if I weren’t in my first trimester of my first pregnancy, and if it weren’t 100 degrees outside, I’d go running right this second! Alas, I may just have to settle for the stair-stepper or treadmill at the gym. :-p I do love the heat, but I can’t wait till it dissipates, so that I can get back to running *outside*!!! 😀 Thanks so much for the motivation and inspiration. You are too cool for words!

    Oh, and I SO want to know what Dan thinks of the new, fitter you! 😀

  24. #45
    Maria

    You look fabulous! I’m so proud of you. You’re an inspiration. Keep up the healthy living. What a great role model both you and Dan are for your kids.

  25. #46
    Delisa

    You look great. Keep up the hard work. You’ve inspired me to eat less and move more also. I’ve lost 10 lbs so far, but have many more to go.

  26. #47
    JennieB

    CZ, you’re an inspiration! After looking at your photo and reading the blog, I printed out a WW points diary for the week:] Thanks for sharing your journey with us:]

  27. #49
    Erika

    LOVE to hear of your progress! So inspirational! My Runs Like a Mother book should be here by Wednesday. 🙂 Keep up the awesome work girlie! Let’s hear it for us 40 somethings ready to kick some tail!

    PS. I read your journaling on your LO and you have a little typo…”If you would have told be that”…Thought I’d point that out before you print! 🙂

  28. #50
    Kari

    So inspiring, you are. And you are looking extra foxy. I’m reading “Run Like A Mother” and just doing it. The alarm went off this morning and I thought, “I don’t want to,” and then I reminded myself that I didn’t have to want to do it, I just had to do it. Until, of course, I hit the ground running every single morning with a smile on my face, just like Cathy.

  29. #58
    Tammy B

    Congratulations Cathy! And three pounds is three pounds! Don’t forget that even though your pound loss in fat might be slowing down, some of that is turning into muscle and muscle weighs more than fat. Does that make any sense?! Anyway, keep at it – you look great!

  30. #59
    cathy

    Dan likes the new fitter me, except that im a little on the annoying side with it. Meaning, i talk about running a lot. He just smiles and nods.

  31. #61
    cathy

    I am not, following having some pain in the top side of my foot. The lateral movement of her jumping jacks etc was hurting too much.

    So… i need to get back to some kind of strength training. I might look into Body Pump, if my family joins the Y this fall. : )

  32. #62
    Jana

    Yay Cathy – so great to hear how your brain is working during this process. After an ankle sprain last Saturday, I was so bummed to stop my exercise routine. I took 2 days off, icing it, elevating it, ibuprofen on and off, then on the 3rd day started back in on my work out program, babying the ankle, but committing to moving still. I was amazed how much I was still able to do, and it seems to be recovering much quicker than I ever expected. It really is terrific to be bit by the exercise bug – something I avoided my whole life, except for the occasional bite that quickly disappeared!! I’m now wanting to move, craving healthy foods, really embracing this change – creating a habit I hope to continue forever! Thanks for your constant motivation!!

  33. #63
    Lori Hudson

    You look amazing Cathy! The most important thing that finally losing weight and getting healthy has taught me is that I am strong enough to do ANYTHING! Climb mount Everest? Sure. Run for office? You bet! Of course, I don’t want to do these things but I sure could. How about face the illness of my child? Hell yeah. I taught myself to run and lost over 80 Lbs. Nothing can stop me. Or you!

  34. #64
    Courtney Walsh

    Cathy, you are amazing. I am really hoping now that my move is complete and I know what’s messing up my thyroid I can attempt to live a healthier life. No more whining. You are so right. I posted this on FB, but are you still counting points and doing WW online? How important was that to you in the grand scheme of things?

  35. #66
    Barb

    Cathy, every time you post one of these pages, I am struck by what a HUGE accomplishment this is. Wow!

    I love your bit about every day being a new day. That is truly the key to success right there… to forgive yourself for getting off track and to make the commitment to get back on track again. Every single day, we get to make that choice.

    Oh, one other thing. I giggled at your reply to one of the commenters. The part about Dan just smiling and nodding when you go on about running. My husband does that a lot too. Every time I find a new obsession, he listens to me go on and on and on about it. Scrapbooking. Tennis. He’s such a patient man. 🙂

  36. #67
    cathy

    Courtney, yes, I am still counting points. It is HUGE to me. I need to keep track of portions and calories. Plain and simple. I track every single day. For weight loss, for me, both things have to happen. Count points, earn activity. (Eat less, move more!)
    : )

  37. #68
    Courtney Walsh

    I have always been afraid of using Activity Points. Even when I know I’ve earned them, I feel like I shouldn’t use them. I spent all of last summer in an intense cardio/strength training class and lost zero pounds. I found out later this was bc of my thyroid. Getting my motivation back has been really, really hard. 🙁 You inspire me.

    Do you feel using the WW online tools are important or could you track on your own?

  38. #69
    cathy

    I feel like the tools keep me accountable, in that I pay $17.95 a month to use them, you know?

    I have been using my extra points for the last month, every week, and then dipping into activity just a bit. Ive been earning up to 35 activity points as well. When you run for an hour, or swim that long, it adds up.

    But i feel like i have also been a lot HUNGRIER this month. Not sure if its the exercise. The hormones, or what.

    I mean, on friday, I gorged myself on Frosted Flakes. I couldnt resist. Sigh.

  39. #70
    Deb Zorn

    Cathy is cute! You really are more than cute, you look great. You are an amazing inspiration.

  40. #71
    lynne moore

    Really amazing Cathy. You look awesome. And 135 sounds like a reasonable great goal. Go get ’em!

    And I am so impressed about the running. Because I can’t ever imagine how anyone can get over the bordom of running that makes it actually interesting to do. I just can’t imagine it. (I can’t meditate either. Tried several differnt methods and I just get bored and start thinking ’bout stuff that interferes with the whole purpose.)

    But I do think about how nice it is to run without feeling like I am going to fall over and stop breathing. Took about 6 weeks in a class where we run for warmups. But all during the running I am thinking, “How many laps… I count on my fingers. I need to know I exactly when I can stop running.”

  41. #72
    cinback

    Bravo! I, too, have been inspired by you over the past months. I decided that turning 40 was not going to get me down and that it was time to kick up the exercise regime in order to maintain strong bones and muscles. By doing Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, I have lost 8lbs in a month and a half, but more importantly have gained muscle and core strength and flexibility. It is always encouraging to come to your blog and hear you talk so positively. Thank you!

  42. #73
    Charisse from The Bronx

    Cathy, you are awesome and I am very proud of you! I ordered Hip Hop Abs the other day and I will soon be proud of myself. You are doing so well!

  43. #74
    Shannon

    Listening to your journey has been wonderful. I’m so glad you found your inner athlete! I’m trying to coax mine back from the land of injury – hopefully with a few appointments to an orthopedist and then a physical therapist, I can get my hip back in working condition. Hearing your confidence and positive attitude is definitely a pick-me-up, so thanks 🙂

  44. #75
    lisacohen

    Wow! Hot mama! Will you look at those two photos?! You were cute before and all – and now you look amazing. And more importantly to me, as you know, is WHAT YOU’RE BODY IS ACCOMPLISHING!!

    And I’m not even going to mention that we need to talk about strength training really soon since fall is upon us. Nope, don’t even consider that a mention. We’ll talk soon. 😉

  45. #76
    Nancy M

    Thanks Cathy for another great post! That’s a good mantra, one day at a time. Or as Dori says, just keep swimming {running}, just keep swimming {running} 🙂

  46. #77
    cathy

    you know, im never bored when im running. mostly because i always have good tunes on my iPod, and im always focusing on not running with bad form! : ) Thanks for the comment!

  47. #79
    Tammy

    I have a friend who works out on an elliptical machine and works off around 30 minutes a time and burns something like 600 calories. I would guess that doesn’t carry the impact of running in case you need another high calorie burning, low impact choice.

  48. #81
    cathy

    Lisa, we SO will be talking soon. Ive been dilly dallying on this TOO long. I have all of your emails, by the way. Dilly dally. Thats me.

    Strength is coming.

  49. #85
    dawn

    HI Cathy,

    you look AMAZING and so GREAT!!! Thank you so much for sharing this journey with us and inspiring so many of us to get up MOVE MOVE!! YOu have come so far and should be so proud of yourself. I love how you flexed your arm and can see how well toned your arms are too. Way to go Cathy!!

  50. #86
    lisacohen

    Cathy,

    Dont worry.You have other goals to work on and I dont want to take away from those.Ill be here when youre ready (and when its too cold to train outdoors and/or when youre ready for something different – I tend to focus more on strength training in the winter myself; and I likewise dont give it as much attention as I should in the summer when Id prefer to be out riding my bike on the trail).

    I worry about your foot and plantar faciitis since that usually means lots of time off doing non-weight bearing activities. Is it getting better and have you gotten it looked at recently? Foot/arch strengthening exercises might be something good to add into your routine. We can talk about that too. Though thats probably a sooner rather than later thing as it directly relates to running.

    Okay, thats all from me for now!

    Lisa

  51. #87
    Andrea

    Cathy, I love seeing your updates on the weight loss & fitness theme. I joined WW 16 months ago, and reached goal 8 months ago. Now I am doing my best to stay at goal or even whittle it down a bit more… I started running again after nearly 30 years, and am loving almost every minute of it. Having perused many blogs and web sites for the middle-aged woman trying to get fit and lose weight, I found you through RLAM. I read Courage to Start while on a camping trip and couldn’t wait to get home and go for a good run. You inspire me to keep at it – and I am also aiming to start up some strength and flexibility training as soon as my 8th grader gets back into school.
    I really wish I could meet some of these wonderful women in person and run with them!

  52. #89
    cathy

    Hey Andrea, so glad you found this blog! : )

    You know, ive lucked out in finding a good running group which i think is going to be very good for me, and realizing that my neighbor and i have a similar running pace.

    I havent read Courage to Start, but ive read his other books and LOVE them. Just read Marathoning for Mortals. More great words to read!
    : )

  53. #92
    Beth Pas-Flythe

    Cathy, you are definitely an inspiration to me. I started my weight loss journey in January and have lost 52 pounds. I don’t plan on doing this again! I still have 48 pounds left to make my goal, but I really believe that I can do it! I wish I had done a journal like yours to remind me of all that I have accomplished so far. You Rock, Girl!

  54. #95
    Deborah

    What the heck? First it’s jogging on the treadmill, then running outside, then biking, then swimming, a 5K, now a running group and possibly a half-marathon. Geez, the next thing I know, you’re going to blog about how you went camping over the weekend! 🙂 Seriously, my husband keeps asking me what in the world you write in your blogs that would inspire my 42-year-old butt to suddenly decide that it could start running for the first time in my life. Just 3 months in, and I’m up to 5.25 miles! Thanks so much for always keeping it real!

  55. #98
    cathy

    Camping? NOW YOU ARE TALKIN CRAZY!

    I still dont have ANY desire to sleep in nature. But hell, Ill run around in it. ; )

    If youre up to 5.25 miles in three months, you are rocking it. Just be careful out there… take it from me, who is nursing a bit of plantar fasciitis on one heel here… I overdid it a bit at first. Im being a bit cooler now. Still. Thats what the cross training is for! : )

  56. #99
    Kathy in MN

    Cathy-amazing transformation. Look at that first picture! Look at those amazing legs! Thanks as always, for sharing your story with the rest of us.

  57. #100
    kristin

    love the before and current photographs each month. makes me realize that it doesn’t happen in two weeks! 🙂 that seems to be my threshold. also- i forgot that i was going to have salt/vinegar chips for a snack tonight until i read this!! now it is too late to indulge (as i’m about to hop into bed!) and i got back from a run an hour ago.

  58. #101
    mary t

    cathy,
    your post just totally inspired me to get my 40 something arse back to the gym!!
    I never worried about my weight til I hit my 40’s argh!! then the pounds have started to creep on and I’m realizing just cutting back on what I eat isn’t good enough!!
    thank you..

  59. #102
    Joan

    Cathy, you are amazing! You are an inspiration with all you do – running, swimming, biking. You should be so proud!

  60. #103
    Shari

    Cathy,

    I am a WW leader, and can I say, you have inspired me so much! Because of you, I have taken up running, spread my enthusiasm for it to my members, and they have been moving more and losing! I am running my first half marathon on Sept 12 and I want to thank you for sending the running bug my way. Would it be OK with you if I share your simple beliefs at the end of this post with my members to inspire them further?
    I love the line about renewing the choice every single day, because that is the key to sustaining your weight loss and your resolve.
    Blessings and thank you!
    Shari

  61. #104
    Brooke

    Good on you Cathy, you look fantastic. Those before and after shots really don’t lie. Everything looks thinner!

    I have really loved following your story, and your story has really become a new way of life. WOW.

  62. #106
    loriet

    Cathy,
    I’d love to send you a proper tri kit. Send me your sizes for bike shorts and tri top. I will send you and Ali and Margie matching stuff!

  63. #107
    Rebecca

    Rock on, Cathy! You are such an inspiration. You’re inspiring me to find my activity – I’m pretty sure it’s not running :), but I’m experimenting with some other options. Thanks for sharing your story with all of us.

  64. #108
    cathy

    Rebecca, i think its just a matter of finding something that will let you feel strong and fit! : ) SO many things that can achieve that!
    : )

  65. #110
    AmySorensen

    Congrats, Cathy! You are awesome!

    One thing that really helps me not feel hungry all day after running is making sure to get a post-run protein shake. Sometimes it’s just one of those little containers of muscle milk, and sometimes I make one with frozen fruit and protein powder. Within a half hour of running. It replaces your glycogen quickly so you’re not trying to do it through the rest of the day.

    Happy running!!! Did you ever try a music shuffle?

  66. #111
    Leah Larson

    Hi Cathy: You look great. Way to go. At our last WW meeting the instructor told us that if you are working out more than you use to than you can change your daily points total based on your increased activity. You know the daily points target quiz? The part that asks you how you spend most of your day? If you picked 2 for occasionally sitting, but mainly standing you can bump it up to walking for 4 points. That is two extra points. I don’t know if this helps.

  67. #112
    cathy

    Good tip, Amy. Im definitely experiencing more hunger. Like today, post swimming, I had yogurt and string cheese for a little protein snack/breakfast. But here at 11:30, just had some fresh pineapple and a piece of whole wheat toast as a pre-lunch snack, and I still want more!

    Ill have to look into the protein shake thing!

  68. #113
    Kathy (in Quebec)

    You and Ali are really incredible – I started reading here (and there) for the layouts, and now I have a Nike+ and and hauling my tukus through farm country. You have had such an impact, and because you are honest and funny we are all cheering for you. Hats off!

  69. #114
    2hounds

    Congratulations! Maybe I can start this process too. Just maybe! Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

  70. #115
    Shari

    HALF marathon….ugg, a full 26.2? At 45? Never. : ) Thanks for letting me share your story and your inspiration!

  71. #117
    Terri torrez

    Congrats! You look amazing. And thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

    Random question – do you have a jacket for running in the rain? I put that cute skirt on my wish list. But Right now I’m on the hunt for a jacket that won’t break the bank ( or at least one that’s worth the price). Any suggestions?

    Waddling for three weeks now and loving it.

  72. #118
    cathy

    I dont so far. It hasnt rained on any of my runs! Now, if it was warm, i wouldnt worry, but i know I will have to deal with this in the fall here. Ill share what i find if i find something I really like! : )

  73. #119
    Tamie Spears

    Cathy – I went back thru the old posts but I can’t find an answer…did you start out in January walking on the treadmill? Or did you just start running short distances? If you started out walking, how far were you walking before you switched to running? Or, I guess, how do you go from being a walker to being a runner? I think I’d like to try it but I have no idea how to start. Right now, I could probably only run 100 yards or something!

  74. #120
    cathy

    Hey Tamie, i started out walking on my treadmill for four minutes and then tried jogging for one, and SLOWLY worked my way up over time. And i was walking around 3.3 mph. Not fast at all.

    You should check out the Couch to 5K training programs. They take you gently through walking/jogging together until you can run a 5K distance safely and confidently.

    Read more here:http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

  75. #121
    Alison

    ‘And then pray to God that injuries don’t send you into a downward spiral of Kelloggs Frosted Corn Flakes and salt ‘n vinegar potato chips.

    Amen.’

    Oh Cathy, all I can say is HUGE Amen to that, because that is *exactly* what happened to me (minus the Frosted Corn Flakes). I was never a runner, was never, ever going to be a runner. Until a friend dared me otherwise, and what do you know? 6 months later I did my first real run, 6km (9.6 miles) without stopping with thousands of other people. And lost weight along the way. And discoverd that I really, really, really liked running, and was on my way to loving it.
    I had a break over summer, because me + heat + running = potential disaster, and *just* as I was gearing up to get going again (2+ years ago), I had an accident at work that resulted in a permanent back injury, and I haven’t run since. And I miss it. I miss something I never really got to know as well as I had hoped to, and I long to be able to do it again.
    15 months after the accident, I had gained about 6kg to my already overweight bod, and become a comfort eater, which I wasn’t before. So I woke myself up, joined WW (again – 11 before I had lost 16kg), and within 6 months lost 12kg – without exercising. Pretty much at all!! Because during this time I started having trouble with my feet, and could barely walk (kind of an important function for my job as a nurse) and was generally unwell, and was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis, on top of the osteoarthritis I already have in my spine and feet (I’m 34, BTW). I can tell you, running again had never looked so impossible.
    Even though I’ve lot 12kg (27lb), I don’t actually *feel* like I have, even though it is certainly evident that I have, and I know that is because of the lack of exercise. Something you wrote earlier in the year keeps coming back to me – how the decision to lose weight and keep it off is such a lifelong one, that you actually need to accept that you can’t eat what you want whenever you want, and that you actually have to move. I don’t think it’s any different for me. For me, moving generally = pain, let alone moving for exercise!!! But I can get my head around that, and I just want to run again. Personally, I think the temporary resulting pain will be worth it 🙂
    Your ‘Eat Less, Move More’ journey has really inspired me Cathy, because I can relate to it too well, uncomfortably so. I don’t think I’m at that place of acceptance yet, funnily enough – the 2kg I’ve gained back since stopping WW is evident of that.
    I’m a single working mum of 3 awesome kids who need me to be fit and active with them, my health issues are the best managed they’ve been since their onset, and life is beckoning – reading your posts just convinces me more and more that I need to pull my finger out and just.get.moving. And close my mouth more. I’m sorry this turned into an essay, I just planned to ‘pop in’ and agree with your sentiments, but thank you for providing the trigger to realise all this in my head 🙂

  76. #122
    cathy

    i think this is a big subject for so many of us, Alison. And a struggle. It just is. And you, being a single mom of three? You know, i dont know what that is like, to add THAT on top of having injuries etc. Take a deep breath, and I wish you the best. : )

  77. #126
    emily ruth

    i’m loving your story so much…& i am so inspired by you (& ali’s triathlon post…& my husband who just did his 2nd tri this morning) i’m going to go for it, too & i just wanted to say thanks for letting us see how it’s going & being honest & living in reality…i like that 🙂

    ps on your recommendation i bought ‘run like a mother’ & L-O-V-E loved it! that book was another little push into the world of ‘i used to run & i can again’…thank you! 🙂

  78. #128
    Yvonne Stehle

    Wow! What an accomplishment!
    I did the Weight Watcher thing a few years back and it worked with 9 kg but then I got lazy and gained most of it back.
    But a week ago I started running and exercising: Running every other day, a bit more movement on my bicycle and some gymnastics. You got me started with scrapbooking a few years ago and now you made me buy the “Run like a mother” book and I started running again. What an enabler you are… I even think of buying the Nike-IPod gadget to track my running and last but not least I love your running shoes!!!!
    Thanks for letting us follow your progress and thank you for being so brave to share all this!
    Yvonne

  79. #130
    ConniB

    You’ve inspired me to start running again. Thank you! Now if I could just get a handle on that food thing.

  80. #132
    Barb in AK

    Cathy, I’m reading this late, but you look amazing! I love the “before” and “after” shots of anyone who has lost weight. I always think the ads on tv are so fake (look how much straighter they stand and they must be sucking in their gut!)…. But, I know you are FOR REAL!!! 🙂
    I started doing the gym thing 3 weeks ago. My goal is to drop 30 lbs. I’ve got the “move more” part down, I can’t seem to grasp the “eat less” part 🙁 I haven’t lost a single oz.
    Yes, yes. Everyone tells me building muscle adds weight. Well, there doesn’t seem to be much going on with the muscles, either! LOL!!
    I’m still hoping for the best and not giving up. You are an inspiration!
    Barb

  81. #133
    cathy

    Go Barb! You know, the eating less part is HARD. I guess so is the moving more part. Just hang in there and seriously approach it one day at a time!

  82. #134
    Steph H.

    Cathy,

    Kudos to you on your accomplishment! Woohoo! You look mahvelous!

    I am also working on the mid 40s bod and it’s definitely a different deal than when I was in my 30s and most definitely a whole different ballgame than when in my 20s. I have always found it relatively easy to keep myself in the mid 120s, but that’s an elusive weight now. I weigh between 132 and 136 these days, and am finding it almost impossible to go below 132. I would love to be in the high 120s again, and would absolutely flip if I could hit 125, but am thinking my bod is happy above 130 and it will battle me hard to stay there. If nothing else, I am more toned and have much more stamina now that I am regularly working out again.

    I have been a runner off and on much of my life, but did very little of it during the last few years while traveling overseas. I am back at it and am currently training for my first half marathon. Do I think I can do it? Yes (even if it means crawling across the finish line! ;)), and that’s coming from someone who had never previously run further than a 10k. And here I am, having just completed my first 8 mile run. Woohoo! It was such a great feeling. And yet, I have more than 5 miles further to work up to. Oy vey.

    I encourage you to go for it if you want to train for a race. It sure has helped me in the motivation dept. any time I really don’t feel like working out.

    Again, you have a lot to be proud of – you have accomplished a lot and look great!

    Steph

  83. #135
    cathy

    Steph, you will totally be able to do it! Im presently eyeing a half in March, provided my foot issues dont get in the way. My longest run yet is 7 miles. For some reason lately, im finding 4 to 5 to feel long enough, so who knows!

    : )

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