Take it off | Week 68: Finish Strong


Gah. Sorry for the delay on this post (not that I've been on time lately anyway). But I was trying to make a video for you all and it just wasn't working out for me. Hopefully later this week.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that The Beard and I participated in the Warrior Dash this past weekend. To say that I was excited about this event is an understatement. Like my husband said when he gave me a muddy kiss at the finish line, this will go down in the top 5 best things we ever did together. Likewise it will go down in the top five best things I've ever done for myself. 
As we stood at the start line chanting "FINISH STRONG!" and making Viking hooks with our thumbs, I was excited but scared. I have little to no upper body strength and was so worried that I would have to pass on many of the obstacles. But I was determined to try. In fact, I was determined to do better than try. I would drag myself through these obstacles even if it meant being there all day. I was in this until the bitter end.
And just like I've conquered the obstacles of my weight loss journey, I kicked each obstacle's ass! I had doubt, nerves and at some points I almost cried from fear, convinced that I couldn't do this, that I would be hurt or even worse, fail at the entire thing. But just like losing weight  all I had to do was face it head-on and try. And where there is just a tiny bit of courage, determination will follow. More and more I find that sheer determination makes up for so much more than brute strength.
I climbed 15-20 foot walls with no footing and just a rope. I tested my balance from 6 feet up on wobbly 2x4's and then again over a moat. I ran through muddy pits, got down on my scraped knees in rocky trenches. I swam under barbwire through thick mud. I jumped over fire, TWICE.
When I signed up for the Warrior Dash people told me 'Oh, this is the easy one. The photos on the site are deceiving.' To all of those people I say 'You are out of your god damn mind. WTF course did you run?' In some ways, I imagine that's how some of you, at the beginning of attempting to lose weight must feel. It feels impossible in the beginning - but when you look back you tend to say 'Well, that wasn't so bad.' It's so easy to forget where you came from after you've been through it and moved on.

I remember how hard it was in the beginning, middle and end. I vow to never forget how hard losing weight was or this challenge. And like my weight loss journey, every obstacle was worth fighting to overcome. I started strong, I paced myself to stay strong and I finished strong, knowing I gave it my all right through to the end. For all the fear, nerves and pain, I would do it again and again to cross that finish line. 
Even if it is a little rough and dirty.

(out of 7,551 runners)
Age group
601 of 1,319
937 of 1,384

*Overall time did not account for the freaking log jams at each obstacle. >:-(
I'll have a bigger recap for you later in the week. I am waiting for the course photos to be put online.

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On Monday, I began Transition. Over the coming weeks I will slowly add more calories into my daily diet. The amount of time spent in Transition varies for each person. Because I've lost nearly 100lbs, Transition should take about 12 weeks.

Sample Transition Chart

WeekTarget # of CaloriesMedifast MealsLean & Green MealAdditions
1-3850 - 1,050511 cup (2 servings) of your favorite vegetables (any kind)
4-6900 - 1,15041In addition to your 1 cup of your favorite vegetables, add:
2 medium-sized pieces of fruit OR
1 cup of cubed fruit or berries (2 servings)*
7-91,000 - 1,30041In addition to 1 cup of your favorite vegetables and 2 medium-sized pieces of fruit OR 1 cup of cubed fruit or berries*, add:
1 cup of low-fat or fat-free dairy (1 serving)
10-121,100 - 1,55031In addition to 1 cup of your favorite vegetables and 2 medium-sized pieces of fruit OR 1 cup of cubed fruit or berries* and 1 cup of low-fat or fat-free dairy, add:
4 to 6 oz serving of lean meat (1 serving)**
AND 1 serving of whole grain***

So far this week I've been enjoying cauliflower - I've been on a kick for it. I am SUPER excited about week 4 when I get to have fruit. I sampled a few cubes of watermelon that I was giving to Izzy last week and it was soooooo good. I forgot how much I enjoyed fruit. 

As I move into Transition and re-introduce foods back into my diet I will continue to weigh in every week. I will set new goals and remain on a path that facilitates healthy choices. My words here on this blog will become even more important in the coming weeks and even years as I move toward maintaining a healthy weight for the rest of my life. 
It's more important than ever to remind myself why I wanted to lose weight to begin with. 

Month One: -16 lbs
Month Two: -5 lbs
Month Three: -6 lbs
Month Four: -6 lbs
Month Five: -6 lbs
Month Six: -8.5 lbs
Month Seven: -7.5 lbs
Month Eight: -5 lbs
Month Nine: -2 lbs
Month Ten: -5 lbs
Month Eleven: -6 lbs
Month Twelve: -4 lbs
Month Thirteen: -6.5 lbs
Month Fourteen: -3.5 lbs
Month Fifteen: -1 lbs
Month Sixteen: -5 lbs
Week sixty six: -1
Week sixty seven: -1
Week sixty eight: -0
Total: 95.5 lbs gone forever! Current weight: 144.5 lbs Distance from goal: 4.5 lbs!!

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