Something I Never Knew I Wanted

Invisible to VisibleI have found in my weight loss journey that setting goals for myself is a sure-fire way to keep myself motivated.  The funny thing I am finding is that the types of goals I am setting are changing over time and as more of the weight comes off.  Sometimes I find myself thinking about goals now that I never knew I wanted to accomplish.  I have a variety of goals where my weight loss is concerned, from health and fitness goals to goals concerning my looks and clothing sizes.

This past Saturday night, I accomplished something that I did not even know I wanted to do when I started my weight loss journey back in September 2011; I completed my first 5K!  It’s funny because I was not a “runner” before I gained all of the weight so I certainly never expected to have any interest in it when I lost the weight.  I guess it’s like any other area of your life; your tastes and interests can change with time.

My workouts have always included walking and as time has progressed (and weight has come off) that walking has graduated to power walking with some jogging thrown in the mix.  It was a nice feeling when I realized I had lost enough weight that I was even able to run and I found myself enjoying it.  I NEVER run for my entire workout, but I do always have some running/jogging in the mix.  Unfortunately for me, I did a lot of damage to my knees carrying around all of that extra weight for so many years and I have a few really bad varicose veins (a hereditary issue), so I have to be mindful of how much strain I put on my legs, but I love that feeling when I really get my heart rate going.

For a long time now, my daily walking/jogging routine has consisted of more miles than a 5K.  I try to do between 4-6 miles per day at least five days per week.  I kept hearing people (in my Weight Watchers meetings and elsewhere) talking about doing 5K’s but until recently, I still did not have any real interest.  It just dawned on me one day that if my daily workout consists of more miles than a 5K, there was no reason in the world that I couldn’t do one.  The more that realization sank in, the more my desire to get a 5K under my belt grew.  So, when the opportunity presented itself a few weeks ago for me to do a nighttime 5K with my Weight Watchers leader, Beth, I felt like it was meant to be.

I have never even so much as observed a 5K, so I really went into this not quite knowing what to expect.  I headed off into the unknown Saturday evening with Michael, my Dad, and my Dad’s girlfriend Rita at my side and even though the whole experience was foreign to me, it somehow felt natural at the same time.

Ready to Race 5.17.14

Ready to race.

As my Dad pinned my number on my shirt, I was thinking how I could not believe I was really about to do this and how I could have never even dreamed of doing such a thing just three short years ago.  By the time the race started, I was ready to get through the crowd of people and find my own comfortable stride and I did just that.  As I stared that first lap I was thinking how I couldn’t believe I was really, really doing it, and how I hoped I had not bitten off more than I could chew.  I did a combination of power walking and running and felt like I kept a very comfortable pace.  Beth ended up ahead of me which was perfectly fine as my goal was to complete a 5K, not win any sort of competition.  She was kind enough to go back after she finished and wait for me near the finish line.  She ran the last little bit with me and cheered me on as I crossed the finish line.  I spotted Michael, my Dad, and Rita fairly quickly and they were all smiling and congratulating me.  What a great feeling of accomplishment, especially when I did not know until just recently that this was something I wanted to accomplish.

I am so glad that I decided to do this and I feel quite certain that I will do another one.  I doubt that I will ever go into one with the goal of winning because in my mind, I am already a winner.  I’m a winner because I have traveled a tough road to get to where I am today and I am very proud of the health and fitness accomplishments I have made so far.  Being able to complete a 5K tells me that I have already won.

I urge all of you to keep an open mind and realize that it’s okay to change your goals along the course of your weight loss journey and its even okay to add in goals that you never knew you wanted to accomplish.  And whatever you do, please do not tell yourself that you have to wait until you’ve reached your goal weight to attempt something.  There are so many great things to be done during the course of your journey.  Please do not deny yourself any joy along the way.  You keep your motivation alive by always striving for new things.

Kassie crossing the finish line!

Kassie crossing the finish line!

Comments

  1. Congrats!! You look really good there also!!

  2. What a wonderful post. I am proud of you!

  3. Reblogged this on Bobby-C's Health Journey and commented:
    While reading blogs about Weight Watchers, I came across this inspirational lady. Her blog is well worth a few minutes if you want to be challenged, and inspired by her story. She also offers plenty of helpful tips based on her experiences.

  4. Congratulations on reaching this goal! Can’t wait to see what you will be doing a year from now! So proud of you!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: