These are my motivations for getting to my goal weight (130s):
2) Comfortable longevity
3) Stamina & energy
4) Easier and safer for running
5) Sense of accomplishment I get from running
6) Sense of control and self-actualization
I'm already at an "acceptable" weight, but that's the problem. I keep gaining and losing the same 25-40 lbs (within the "healthy" range, according to the charts, but it is not healthy to yo-yo!) It is too easy to just say "I'm ok the way I am." I am at my best when I'm in the 130s, so I want to get there and stay there.
This is my ultimate goal: I am training for a 5K which has not been scheduled yet (in fact, it is probable that the race organizers have not even been born yet!), but it will be March 4, 2062, the first Saturday after I turn 100.
All of my marathons, all my workouts, all my good eating habits – all of this is directed toward that one goal – being healthy and in good condition to run this 5K.
And I will keep running them until I get an age group medal! :-)I am 52, separated, mother of two adult children. I’m a church organist and I teach piano at a community college and in a community school of music, and I do some accompanying, wedding gigs, etc. I am also a volunteer adult literacy tutor, and have three three-legged cats. (Nine cat legs total).
Before age 42 1/2, I did no exercising whatsoever. I was only slightly overweight – (5’7”, in the upper 160s) -- nothing to be too concerned about, but a question popped into my head all of a sudden – “What kind of 76-year-old do I want to be someday?” -- and for some reason, I pictured a 76-year-old me, running a road race. This was weird, because I knew I couldn’t run 2 blocks. But I realized that the future I was envisioning for myself was not the future I was preparing for. So I bought a pair of running shoes that day, and have been running ever since. I have had good times and bad with this – including several marathons in several states – and a stress fracture, with a period of time spent on crutches and in a wheelchair! I think I have a handle on what I’m doing now, but I am constantly learning new things about what works for me and what doesn’t!
I thought that with all that running, weight loss would come automatically, but that was not the case. It was pretty clear, though, that the running would be a lot easier if I lost 20, or even 30 lbs., so I started reading about what is the best way to fuel (and not overfuel) all this activity.
I joined PT in April 2007, and found that just logging what I ate caused me to lose weight! Even if nobody reads it, I feel accountable, and I am aware of what kinds of foods I’m eating and in what amounts – so it’s a natural check & balance. Logging every day is really important. I quit being active at PeerTrainer a few years ago, but now I'm back -- because so is the weight. Thought I'd give it a try again.
Now that I have read through the Beck Diet Solution more than once, and DONE THE ASSIGNMENTS (that's important!), I finally feel like I have a handle on my relationship with food. Yay for cognitive restructuring!
My next challenge is to apply this to something that is even more of a problem for me: clutter. I am not a "hoarder," but I was not "obese," either -- but just because I'm not extreme in my problems, doesn't mean that I have it all together. I am continuing to do the Beck techniques for my weight, but I'm also turning my attention to the clutter issue. I found "Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding," by Tolin, Frost, and Steketee. They are psychologists who specialize in applying Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Hoarding Disorder. This is the Beck Diet Solution for clutterers. I am also using the book "Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff," by Dinah Sanders, for a lighter approach. I want to change my relationship with "stuff" as positively as I have changed my relationship with food, and I want these changes to be permanent. An interesting thought -- these two challenges are related. Both involve thinking errors that are hard to unlearn. And it's about more than just clutter and calories.
Married w/2 kids - son 22 & daughter 21
I am 49, married, and have kids, ages 23 & 20. My family doesn't mind eating healthy food, so they do not sabotage my
food choices. I do that myself by snacking on junk food. I work fulltime and am in the office all day by myself, so I do my socializing on the internet. On the weekends, I love to work in the yard and cook and bake.
39 yr old mother of 4 daughters (ages 14, 11, 8, 6). I have been working part-time since 2009 and will start working full-time in March 2015. HUGE transition for our family. I'd determined to not let it derail my health and fitness goals.
I've read Eat to Live and Eat for Health, The Starch Solution, The Virgin Diet, Almost Vegetarian, In Defense of Food, and others. I went through the PT Point of No Return and Emotional Eating.
On a journey of learning to cook mostly dairy & wheat-free, and nutritarian. I used to think I ate well--lots of veggies, lean meats, and low-fat dairy. Followed (loosely) the South Beach Diet for nearly 8 years with some success but lately the weight was creeping back on. ETL has turned that around and given me tools (mentally & literally) to bring back my health and vitality.
Hardest thing for me is finding foods my kids will eat too so I'm not making 2 meals every night. My husband has high cholesterol and is overweight--his frustrations and failure to stick to not snacking often lead me to snack right along with him. I'm a night-eater. Hardest habit to kick:nuts and chocolate--they're my gate-way drugs. I can't just have one bite.
For exercise I use a stationary bike we have at home for intervals, run once or twice a week with a friend, and use some resistance bands and free weights for strength training (at home). Someday I'd love to be able to get to a gym but we live in the country and the time factor between work and kids is just too much of a barrier at this point. Challenge: to not stress about the length of time or intensity of the exercise, but be happy with even just a 20 minute work out so I can maintain a daily routine.