I cannot speak for Mandy but I will admit that I have totally lost my focus. I had mixed feelings of elation and total relief to be done with our Princess Half. It was a LOT of training and dedication to be able to finish standing up and to be able to have fun in the parks with my family when we were done.
I truly anticipated coming home and taking a break for a while, but that break lasted a bit longer than I thought and had hoped for.
I did have some light training two days a week from March to May when I coached my daughter's Girls on the Run team. I completed a 5K with her, but we walked most of it. I will say I had stamina to keep going longer than 3.1 miles but no desire or oomph to run it.
My husband and I lost a lot of weight before our trip. I was excited to have extra hip space on most rides, even feeling like I was slipping under the lap bar on a couple of them! That NEVER happened before!
But, with lack of exercise and lack of motivation to eat well, the weight came back. My husband asked what we did wrong and why this happened. I told him it's simple--we ate more and moved less. To lose the weight we didn't have a magical pill or something mysterious happen, we ate less and moved more. In the same way, nothing magical or mysterious happened to gain it back. We just stopped doing what was working.
With no races on my calendar, I slacked off. I didn't go running. I didn't eat well. I had drive thru for lunch most days of the week. As a substitute teacher, I justified it saying I NEEDED to get out of the building for my lunch time and I DESERVED to eat insert high calorie, low nutrition item here.
I don't let the scale define me, but it is frustrating when your once baggy pants are now too tight. When I tried to wear my Princess Half "I DID IT!" shirt and my muffin top showed through I wondered if people would actually believe I completed a half marathon or wonder if I simply bought the shirt because it was cute.
But, in the last month or so I've gotten back on track. This week I've scheduled and completed some runs and some bike rides. I plan to run again tomorrow and then go biking with the family over the weekend. My husband and I are back on the 17 Day Diet and doing well. You can read about our first time on this diet here: http://blog.dashtodisney.com/2011/12/17-days.html
We are returning to Disney World to enjoy the Christmas decorations in a few months so we have weight loss goals to reach before we leave. So far we are both about 3 weeks ahead of our goals. We are very excited.
Mandy and I are planning to do a 10K in November. A race on my calendar really helps! I need to remember this when I decide to take a break.
I think I was burned out on running and without a big goal like a half marathon I got lazy. The good news is, I haven't lost ALL that I gained. My mile is pretty slow, but it's always been slow. However, it's not as slow as it was when this journey began 2.5 years ago.
I have to remind myself that running is probably only 10% related to how well your BODY is doing and probably 90% related to how well your MIND is doing. When my mind says, "This is crazy. I can't do any more," I can either listen or ignore it. I have to remember to ignore it. My mind will give up LONG before my body does.
I also have to remember my ultimate goal---to take care of my kids' mom. I love being able to run with them and bike ride with them and to have the energy for all that is involved with raising three children.
It's not often that I look back on vacation pictures and LIKE the way I look. But, I love so many pictures from our Princess Half Marathon trip to Disney. I keep telling myself I need to post some of these around the house so when I'm feeling blah and craving chocolate I will remember my goals and keep moving forward.
I often think of this sign we saw along our 1/2 marathon route:
With a thumbs up from Mickey Mouse--how can I not be motivated to keep trying???