A little encouragment: What I can do now:

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riocaz

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 07:46
So, for those of us who have been on this journey a while, and have enjoyed a level of success... What are the benefits you've seen?

Yesterday I completed a 5k "run" (I did it in 47 minutes so I'm not sure run is quite the right word). I came in 5275th out of 6000. And I got beaten by someone in a turtle costume! Wink

But I did it, and I wasn't completely dead when I finished (actually I walked another 2km afterwards to a restaurant with my parents). And I don't feel too bad today either.

"I'm too fat to do X" is still my first mental response to things... But it's almost always being followed with "No, not any-more"

What's your "What I can do now" story?

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
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apatrick1

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 08:07
Congratulations on your first 5K. Please don't focus on your time, focus on the accomplishment. While I have been running 5K's off and on throughout my life, I finally got serious about my speed and distance. I just completed my first 1/2 marathon in May under 2 hours. It is all a process.

Keep up the good work and continue running those 5K's.
If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.-George W Patton
umdterpsgirl

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 08:19
riocaz, that is awesome! Congrats!

For me, one of my big "accomplishments" is running a mile with general ease. When I was in high school I ran track and our daily warm-up was to run a mile. When I first started on this journey to get in shape and get healthy, running just 1/4 of a mile felt torturous. But I knew I could get back to a point where running a mile was just the beginning of my workout, not the whole thing. So I did a lot of "wogging" (jog a lap, walk a lap, repeat) until I could jog farther without stopping. Now I can do 2 miles pretty easily and a 5k distance is a solid workout for me but I don't feel like I'm going to die after. The two 5K races I've done have actually been quite exhilarating.

I'm currently training for a 5K ROC Race (Ridiculous Obstacle Course race - think Wipe Out). I'm pretty excited about it!
tonym1967

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 08:43
Very well done, and +1 dont worry about the time, its an achievement and one to be proud of.

The benefits besides weight loss with myself is also the capability to run, I have just entered my first ever race (Half Marathon) which is shocking due to the fact I used to be out of breath if I walked briskly to the car Smile

If you saw me feeling sick and legs wobbling after my first ever visit to a gym in Oct 12 you wouldnt believe it is the same person Smile

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Never heard that description, I am a wogger also it seems Smile
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kkd1125

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 11:57
Congrats to all of you on your fitness accomplishments! You are all so inspirational!

My accomplishments are still a little on the earlier/simpler/easier side now that I've lost 25 lbs. Here's what I discovered as mini accomplishments on my recent 2-week family vacation:

1. I could fasten the seatbelt on the plane with about 6-7" of slack to spare. A year ago I went on a flight and almost needed a belt extender.

2. I took work out clothes and a resistance band with me on the trip. I only used the band once in a hotel room, but worked out 5 other times on hotel/cruise ship fitness centers. Exercise was never even a THOUGHT in the back of my head on previous vacations.

3. I walked a LOT and climbed a LOT of stairs on this trip. I never felt winded. I even chose a cruise excursion involving rowing a canoe for an hour which I would have never done in the past when a physical activity would have not been appealing to me while on vacation.

4. I made better food choices overall. Nowhere near perfect, but I found myself choosing a lot of lean protein, lots of vegetables, and about 1/4 of the refined carbs that I would have eaten in previous vacations.

5. I wore 2 new, smaller sized dresses on this trip and felt beautiful in them.


While none of the above are major accomplishments, in total they really demonstrated to me the changes I've made in my body and in my mindset over the past 6 months. It felt great to not feel sluggish, sugar-loaded and bloated on a vacation. I'm excited to keep making progress and can't wait to feel even better when we go to Hawaii next year for our 20th anniversary.
apatrick1

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 12:09
kkd1125 wrote:
Congrats to all of you on your fitness accomplishments! You are all so inspirational!

My accomplishments are still a little on the earlier/simpler/easier side now that I've lost 25 lbs. Here's what I discovered as mini accomplishments on my recent 2-week family vacation:

1. I could fasten the seatbelt on the plane with about 6-7" of slack to spare. A year ago I went on a flight and almost needed a belt extender.

2. I took work out clothes and a resistance band with me on the trip. I only used the band once in a hotel room, but worked out 5 other times on hotel/cruise ship fitness centers. Exercise was never even a THOUGHT in the back of my head on previous vacations.

3. I walked a LOT and climbed a LOT of stairs on this trip. I never felt winded. I even chose a cruise excursion involving rowing a canoe for an hour which I would have never done in the past when a physical activity would have not been appealing to me while on vacation.

4. I made better food choices overall. Nowhere near perfect, but I found myself choosing a lot of lean protein, lots of vegetables, and about 1/4 of the refined carbs that I would have eaten in previous vacations.

5. I wore 2 new, smaller sized dresses on this trip and felt beautiful in them.


While none of the above are major accomplishments, in total they really demonstrated to me the changes I've made in my body and in my mindset over the past 6 months. It felt great to not feel sluggish, sugar-loaded and bloated on a vacation. I'm excited to keep making progress and can't wait to feel even better when we go to Hawaii next year for our 20th anniversary.


I think those are all MAJOR accomplishments and you should be proud of each and every one!
If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.-George W Patton
kingkeld

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 12:29
THere are so many benefits... so many things I could mention.

However, the one thing that makes me smile these days is when I go rehearse with the band. When I play my bass, I play through a huge bass amp and two massive speakers. Each speaker weight 100 lbs. Literally. I live on the 3rd floor (with high ceilings!) and I can effortlessly carry those suckers up there, one at a time, in one go. That's what the weight loss and the workouts have done to me. Smile

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 14:02
Congratulations all of you! Incredible accomplishments!


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riocaz

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 17:21
apatrick1 wrote:

I think those are all MAJOR accomplishments and you should be proud of each and every one!


Seconded.

And that goes for everyones accomplishments too.

I thought of another thing which makes me grin every day.

Picking up my jeans from the wardrobe. Every day I do a double take. Every day I spend a few seconds trying to work out whose jeans they are, or if mine have shrunk... (I'm not at my brightest in the mornings) and every day I have a grin on my face when I realise they are mine and put them on.

I kinda dread the day when that doesn't happen anymore and it's just normal.

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
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erika2633

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 17:23
You are all kicking butt!! What an awesome thread, congrats to all of you.
Running is definitely my "what I can do now" - I used to absolutely despise running, and now I've done 3 half marathons, 2 Warrior Dashes, and some 5 and 10k's. It's a far cry from where I was two years ago! Smile


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dcwalker

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Posted: 19 Jul 2013, 07:18
Great thread. Totally get original poster's thing: I'm too fat to do X - continuing that mindset even when it's not true anymore. Big challenge to put that positive self-image in control. Doing a 5K should help! For me what I can do now is ride my bike 40 miles and love it, not every uphill minute of it - but most if it and especially the yippee when I finish and map it out and see how far I went. And I can actually wear the clothes in my closet, not just drool over them
dandelionSKY

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Posted: 21 Jul 2013, 01:28
Everyone - congratulations on your efforts. This is really inspirational knowing that these things are possible. "I'm too fat to do X" has very much been my mantra. However, this thread has made me realise this is what I do and why should I? So, "wogging" sounds like a good place to start with those changes! Thankyou everyone and riocaz for starting this thread Smile



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