I had a bad start to the day yesterday, mentally, that is. I got on the scale and, after Monday's vacation 2 lb. increase, the scale went up 2 more lbs. I got on the treadmill and could only wind out 2 miles. Definitely bumming. I've been so goal oriented throughout this last year, I was just 3 lbs from my June goal before vacation and 6 lbs from 150 on my 1 year anniversary on July 12, I felt like those goals might be suddenly out of reach. What frustrated me was that I really worked hard on vacation to watch my eating and to exercise, so this was not what I had planned.
I went back and looked at some of the comments here and support on the bulletin boards that I read and it really turned my day around. I desperately did not want to fall backwards any further and started to pound water and keep eating right.
I know I've said it before, but I've been amazed by some of the support I've received from the virtual world. I've posted on a few web bulletin boards and assume that many people have been following my blog through links I've left there. With all that help, I'd like to share some of my favorite web sites:
Runner's World has a bulletin board that includes a weight loss forum. Among other things, each week people post their weight loss successes or stories. The forum is like one huge group hug every week. It is entirely positive and a real morale booster.
I've mentioned Hal Higdon before. He is a writer for Runner's World and hosts his own bulletin board. This is a great place for specific questions about running and training. The posters here seem to have a great deal of experience on these topics and Hal posts replies daily.
I found a South Beach Diet support bulletin board. This was actually recommend to me by a poster on the Runner's World site. Lots of support here and people giving personal advice from their own experiences.
There seem to be endless numbers of blogs being written about diet and weight loss. I wish I had time to check out more, but I'd never get anything else done. A few that I regularly check out are the similarly middle-aged blogs below:
Pat's Self Propelled Running blog is a regular read. He is a frequent commenter here and has good advice. He runs in the Arizona heat and has a passion for baseball, so there's more positives for Pat! He's lost more than 30 lbs. I don't even like to think about running in the 100 degree heat (but it's a dry heat!)
Big Mike writes Mike's Journal . Mike has lost a ton of weight and is unrecognizable from the before pics from his web site. He writes in amazing detail about his training and activities. Mike lives in Wisconsin.
Kim from Spokane, Washington pens Kim's Journey to Fitness. She is a triathelete and has lost more than 50 lbs. in a year and a half.
I finished the day yesterday with a 1 mile fun run in the Baltimore heat -- 88 degrees, 90% humidity and was rewarded this morning down all 4 lbs. BACK ON TRACK! (Props to Deb, who accurately predicted this quick turn around!)
To those I've mentioned here, and and to everyone else that's posted, written or called, thank you for keeping me on track and inspired!