Y’all can likely imagine my joy followed by spats of nervous bowel when the glorious MizFit asked little ol’ me to write a guest post for her blog which is simply fitness blogging extraordinaire! Sort of like being asked to write an article for the New York Times, or something. I hope that I will exceed her expectations and yours.
Even when you’re done, you’re not…
Imagine that you are participating in your first 5k…you’ve trained for it, you are ready. You run it with all your heart and soul and you are doing fabulous. You’re running at a consistent pace, you only struggle a little, but yet you are really tired, sore, and ready to put this one in the books! You pass the 3 mile mark and can see the finish in the distance.
You see the banner. You see the timing clock. You see your friends and family cheering for your great accomplishment. You will do it. You will reach your goal of completing your first 5K! You anticipate the well deserved reward of a rest, a hot shower, and a good meal. After all, you’ve worked very hard to get where you are and you deserve to bask in the glory of your victory.
Now…I want you to imagine that nearly after just crossing that finish line, there is a coach there…telling you to keep running…run another 3.1 miles even.
You look aghast at this person.
“But, I just finished! I reached my goal? Why do I have to keep running?”
And this coach says, “Just because you’ve run 3.1 miles today doesn’t mean you’ll still be able to run 3.1 miles tomorrow? You have to keep working at this. You have to maintain your conditioning. You can’t just reach your goal and put your feet up with a tall drink. You’ll lose it if you don’t use it!”
You put your all into your effort and then you realize that you have to keep putting your all in to keep it going? But, but, but, what about my reward? What about all my hard work…my heart and soul I tell ya!?!
See…that is just the thing about losing weight and getting fit. It is the same as training and running your first 5K. You put your heart and soul into your methods. For me, it was counting calories and tracking my caloric burn via a Bodybugg and maintaining a religious caloric deficit (oh…and daily scale checks…don’t be hating).
This is how I went from 236 to 168 in about 5 months.
I made my goal. I crossed my finish line. I had a normal BMI, normal bloodwork, could wear size 34 pants…I made it baby! Also, I did run, 5Ks, 10Ks, even up to 8 miles at my top. (and that was from doing the C25K, graduating 03/24/2010)
But…and while I maintained for a few months, I’ve also gained back a few pounds during the summer months. I haven’t run in awhile. The 34s started to snug on me.
And you know…that is okay…it isn’t the end of the world and it is easily correctable. It just confirms the biggest fears I had when I started this journey; that keeping it off would be harder than taking it off.
I want you to know though that it is worth it. The effort, that is. I’m worth it. You are WORTH it. It really doesn’t matter what it takes to get to goal…in my humble opinion anything is fair game. We all have our opinions, but then again what works for one doesn’t for the other.
Also, while you can take some time to bask in the glory of reaching your goal (and you should freaking shout from the rooftops) and that taking some time to rest and build back a little of the heart and soul you poured into your efforts is anticipated, you will still need to KEEP GOING.
I know…that sucks…to KEEP GOING. But, it is what it is. You don’t have a choice really.
You have to keep Getting Better and Better unless you want to get bigger and BIGGER all over again. This is what I’m learning…this is what I’m living. So…that is my duty…to get back to it…to get going and keep going…back to getting better and better
**MizFit note. As always I beg to differ and clarify that Im the one honored by Kyle’s post. I found myself nodding in agreement the entire time (you?) as nary a day has passed in the 16 years since Ive gotten “fit” that I have had to consciously MAKE THE CHOICE to keep going. Thanks Kyle!