I started 2012 with such a bang, I was on FIRE, and I lost a significant amount of my total weight loss last winter. I hit my all-time lowest adult weight in April, but I lost that momentum when I went on a two week trip to London to visit my sister. Unfortunately, when I got back from London, I just never regained the rhythm that I had.
In the back of my mind I still thought that 2012 was going to be my year to hit goal, it was going to be the year I finally fit into that "goal dress" I've got sitting in my closet, all I had to was get back into the swing of things. And anyone who struggles with their own journey knows that sometimes taking a break from being REALLY healthy and "on" all of the time can actually help break through a plateau and jumpstart things again when you come back strong. So that was my plan.
But...plans never really work out the way you want them to, huh? Summer hit and I was sick on and off, and then finally after being reallllly ill I found out I had a duel case of strep throat and mono. Unfortunately, the mono took a LOT out of me, and exercise-wise I was out of commission for the entire summer.
Meanwhile, I decided to make another big change to my life - I left my super predictable, boring, corporate job for an exciting, fast paced, constantly changing job at a start-up company in September. Before, I was home everyday, and then the new job put me on the road about 3 weeks out of the month. If there is one thing I've learned during my weight loss journey, it's that I have a really hard time adjusting to change and developing a new routine. That's not to say that I didn't work out on the road, I did, I made a conscious effort every single time I packed to bring my sneakers and workout clothes so that I could be sure to get in some active time. Unfortunately, being active is only a small piece of the puzzle, diet is really key, and when you're on the road it literally means eating out for every.single.meal. I stay in hotels, I don't typically have a microwave accessible to me, and that means I'm eating at restaurants. It's really hard. Endless delicious options.
But alas, 2012 had accomplishments too!! I finally stepped up at tackled something I've wanted to do for so so so so long but I was always scared - I ran my first 5k!! And after I did that...I ran another!!! In fact, I haven't blogged since running my first 5k, so here's the quick recap of that.
1st 5k - super flat course, cold and rainy, clocked in at 42:00 even.
2nd 5k- hilly course, really cold, clocked in at 40:59.
And of course, the race outfits -
So despite wanting to hit a sub-40 5k, I was ecstatic that in just over a month I was able to shave off a full minute from my 5k time.
Looking back at the year....I'm simultaneously disappointed and proud of myself.
I'm disappointed that -
- I let a vacation get the best of me
- I got sick
- I didn't always make the best food choices
- I struggled eating out on the road
- I had a hard time establishing a good routine with a new job
- I severely neglected both this blog and the amazing people who have supported me
I'm proud that -
- I didn't let mono be the end of this journey
- I made an amazing career change
- I ran TWO 5ks post-mono
- I managed to actually improve my 5k time!
- I still have friends that support me, check in, and ask about my blog even in its sad state
So where am I now?
Despite gaining a few pounds back after my all-time low in April, 2012 still sees me about 20lbs lighter than 2011. I'm still wearing the same clothes I have been all year, and I'm looking forward to downsizing again.
I'm leaving 2012 with a renewed sense of commitment to my health and this blog, and looking forward to getting back on a path that I can be proud to share with you all.