I like to be challenged. When I have a goal, I am very good at charging ahead with incredible focus and dedication – so when I joined Weight Watchers last September, I was determined to drop 51lbs by June 2017. My laser focus tendencies kicked in and I rocked meal planning, tracking my foods, seeking inspiration on the WW Connect app and even with adding exercise to my seriously sedimentary life.
Month 1 was easy because my motivation was high. I lost 5.5lbs. While most loose that much in their first week, I clearly was establishing my turtle status early on. Each month I have deeply rooted myself into the ‘slow to loose’ group, but I’m still on a downward trajectory and following the program. So this is a good thing. Right?
Technically it is a great thing. I am down 33lbs in total (lost 8lbs last summer just prior to joining WW). Whoo Hoo! But my limited progress the last two months has me looking at why I only lost 2lbs in March and no weight in February. I went from being a turtle to being stuck in the mud.
Well, I didn’t have to look too far to figure it out. My weekends have become too relaxed with what I’m eating with limited tracking, and I’m struggling to find the motivation to run/walk now that I have started a new job…and I’ve even been neglecting my writing, which is my therapy.
No excuses, I own it all. It’s been my choice to eat poorly or too much and to skip a run because I’m tired. It’s easy to say I’ll get back to blogging tomorrow… But that is where bad habits ignite and I committed to myself that I would be more intentional about not living like that anymore. I’ve made way too much progress in the last seven months to take steps back. It’s not just the 33lbs lost, but I enjoy running and let’s call out the elephant in the room, blogging helps keep my crazy at bay – ok, maybe not, but it makes me feel better in the moment.
So why I am I sabotaging myself? I have no idea. But instead of dwelling on it, I’m pushing forward. Intentionally.
I like to be challenged.
To get back to my laser focus, I have given myself a new challenge. And it’s a biggie. I have committed to running 100KM in April. Right now I am running maybe 60KM a month, so this is a big stretch – but I know I can do it. If I try. I just need to put the effort into proving to myself that I CAN DO THIS.
To keep myself honest throughout the challenge, I have created a 30-Day 100KM Run Challenge that I thought I’d share – each week I will update it with kilometers completed. So If I don’t achieve the weekly kilometer challenge, the following week will really suck. Knowing how sucky it will be should be motivation enough for me to run all 100KMs in April.
Erin’s 100KM Run Challenge Plan
Is anyone interested in joining me in this 100KM Run Challenge? Send me a note, comment below, or join me on Instagram (@Collecting_Daisies) – we can share our progress, pains and support one another when we need the motivation to keep pushing forward.
I promise to share my weekly updates and my final tally on May 1st. #accountability
Ok, so who’s in?