When I turned 49 in May 2008, I decided I wanted to go from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one. When I started this blog, I wasn’t going on another diet. Plans change and I found myself back at Weight Watchers in July because I was getting nowhere on my own. It was the best thing I could have ever done for myself.
As of Sept 14, 2009, I’m down 61.2 pounds, I’m running, swimming and biking, I completed a duathlon in April, my first mini triathlon on August 1 and the Trek Women Sprint Triathlon (400-meter swim, 9-mile bike, 3.1-mile run) on Sept. 13, where I took 3rd place in the Athena category!
Now that triathlon season is over until Spring, I’ll be checking out Pilates, Zumba and working on strength training along with my triathlon training. I’ll be looking for some runs this fall and I can’t wait until next year’s Tri season.
I still have weight to lose, but I’m definitely a Fit Girl now!
UPDATE: September 1, 2011
So now that’s it been two years since I last updated this page, let me fill you in on what’s happened since. I am still down 51 pounds from where I started and I’m working on getting back to 61 pounds and then finally to my goal weight.
I’d like to say that my body had to adjust to the weight loss, but I’d be lying. I stopped being as vigilant with my food intake.
However, on a fitness note, I’ve made some strides. 2010 was a tough tri season. I had some injuries and only entered one mini sprint.
This year though, I trained with Team in Training and competed in St. Anthony’s Olympic Distance triathlon in May. That’s a 1,000 meter swim, 24.8 mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run people. It was tough, but I crossed the finish line.
I’ve also done the Smith’s Point sprint tri right here in NY and just competed in the Pink Power Sprint Triathlon in Richmond, VA. I’ve become a traveling triathlete.
I faced fears this year: Longer distances, rain and wind, and HILLS, so many HILLS! And I lived to tell about it. One more tri to go in October and then training for the Suffolk County Half Marathon kicks into high gear for Spring 2012.
I’ve had setbacks and challenges and successes. I haven’t given up. And I’ve learned that even more than feeling healthy, I’ve reconnected with my love of the outdoors. And you can’t beat that!