Stuffed from the Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time full of family, lights, presents and of course lots of fattening foods. Christmas is my second favorite holiday (Halloween is my favorite 😜) due to the joy it brings to so many however it is also super stressful. There are so many things to do at work before you take time off for Christmas. Then there is decorating our house which was difficult due to moving in the spring. Last and most stressful is figuring out all of the gifts for friends and family; I’ve heard it only gets harder when kids are involved. 

So what does all this stress lead to? Overeating of course. It is already very easy to over eat when you go to a party with lots of delicious food then you add in the additional stress from holidays and Bam! Before you know it you’ve stuffed yourself to the point of thinking you are going to need to be rolled out of the party. Sadly all this leads to me gaining weight which is the opposite of what I’ve been trying to do. So here’s to getting back on track. 

Thanksgiving

It is a family tradition to do a local race called the Drumstick Dash. It has a short path of 2.5 miles and the long path of a little over 4 miles. My sister, Rachel, who actually is a runner is the one who started this tradition. 10 years ago when she was in middle school cross country, the family signed up for this event. I have never been particularly active so I have always walked the event. This year was different. I had a whole different approach to it as I know I am trying to get in shape. I turned on my Couch to 5k app (nothing like doing a real race when the whole app is designed to prepare you for a 5k, right?). The app helped me determine when to walk and when to jog. I am really glad I did turn on the app too because even though I wanted to try to jog the whole thing, my body definitely wasn’t ready for that. 

Big running events like this are always fun. I’m hoping to sign up for some 5k events. The atmosphere is so uplifting, there are people in costumes and people cheering you on. There was a huge group dressed as different Disney and Pixar characters, which of course was awesome! I asked the girl dressed as Belle for a picture. Belle is of my favorite of course as she is the book nerd of the princesses. There was also the Geiko Gecko, who was there to pass out flyers but I just wanted a picture. He was much bigger in person. 😉 

The fun atmosphere of the events is great! It all just makes me want to be a better runner. I am so thankful to have my husband, Brian, who jogged and walked this event with me. 

Our Thanksgiving meal? Well, let’s just say, I may be getting better with the fitness part, but diet and portion control are a battle I did not win today. 

Lack of Schedule= Lack of Motivation

I have the whole week off for Thanksgiving (one of the perks of being a teacher). My husband, Brian, who is also a teacher wasn’t so lucky. He teaches in a different district than I do and has to teach Monday and Tuesday. 

Monday was great because I slept in and then went to lunch with one of my best friends. I planned on going to the gym when Brian got home from work. So I was lazy most the day. Sometimes you just need a relaxation day despite the fact that my house was crying “clean me!” It was almost time for Brian to get home when I decided maybe I should do something about this messy house. So of course when he finally gets home, I’m already busy doing dishes and laundry. Needless to say, I didn’t make it to the gym. Bad Sarah! 

Have a break off school and the holidays right after I decided to get healthy is going to be tough! We will see how Thanksgiving goes on Thursday. Must have the will power to not eat too much! 

Day 1

I started a long journey last week and decided that I really needed to take some steps to get in shape. I committed to running the Indianapolis Mini Marathon. I figured that if signed up for the Mini Marathon it would force me to train which would help me lose weight.

As I start this journey I am edging close to 200 lbs, I am currently weighing in at 196 lbs.  I know that most of the blogs that categorize weight lose journeys usually feature people that are even more overweight than I am. However, I know there are a lot of people in the same boat I am in and don’t need to loose 100’s they just need to loose more like 30 or 50 lbs. In reality the actually number of pounds I loose doesn’t matter to me as much getting healthy.  I don’t feel good about my body nor do I feel comfortable in my clothes. Most days I wear dresses to work due to the fact that only one pair of my dress pants actually fit me at the moment. For a long time I have worn size 14 but I know that is no longer the case as I struggled to squeeze into anything.

I also know that I am at risk for type 2 diabetes.  I was told over a year ago that I had a predisposition for diabetes, something to do with a genetic marker or something.  I know I have an aunt who is a lot skinnier than I am and she got diabetes. My doctor told me that if I didn’t loose some weight I was going to get it.  This is completely preventable if I can muster the will power to workout and eat healthy.

I know that through the support of my wonderful husband and family I can do this. It is going to be tough as I would rather sit with a book while binge eating chips than go run long distances. If I don’t make some changes though I will just continue to gain. So let the difficult journey begin.