Friday, August 22, 2008

A Tale of Two Summers

I've been a little down about my weight loss progress lately. I have plateaued in a big way and my low weight milestone was back in early June. Since I started training for the marathon it's all gone to hell in a handbasket and I've pretty much given up on trying to reach my goal weight until the marathon is over. I need to eat to fuel my training and eating is not synonymous with weight loss. If I cut back on the calories I feel like my body is devouring itself for fuel and my running suffers.

Recently we went to the NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway. This is something we do every year except last year the race was rained out. Thus I had not been to a race since August 2006, about one week before I joined Weight Watchers. Comparing pictures from each summer-- separated by exactly two years-- reminded me that despite my current stagnation, I have indeed come a long, long way. I have nothing to be upset about.

Before: August 2006


After: August 2008

11 comments:

bunnygirl said...

Wow, you look great! Sure, we all wish we could be perfect and I know how worrisome it is to plateau at a place we don't want to be or to even feel a little bit of pudge creep back. But stay on top of it and I think you'll do okay. You obviously know what to do since you've come so far already. :-)

Kirsten said...

Wow...amazing! I would never guess it was the same woman in the photos. How has your skin shrunken so well? I have lost 60, regained 20...but my skin is a saggy mess. I think it must be genetics. You look fantastic!

:D

deborah said...

Wow, the pictures really say it all. Congratulations on your incredible success!

Laura said...

Wow, what a change! Congratulations on all your hard work :)

Kristin said...

Wowza! You look fabulous! I'm so envious! (I completely understand the concept of running long distances not being very compatible with weight loss! But I don't think you need to worry!)

Megan said...

hey, go you. You look great.
your running sounds greater.

Out of curiosity, what does your doc say about your weight? Or, perhaps a professional trainer? It may be that your weight goal isn't as reasonable with all the running muscle you've accumulated?

Or, maybe, they'd recommend a different combination of nutrients to both fuel and loose excess? I'm guessing that weight watchers combination isn't geared towards serious athletes.

stuffysmiles said...

Amazing! Congratulations on all of you hard work!

Sarah said...

Kirsten-- Oh, believe me, I've got some of that saggy stuff going on, too! Most of the excess snapped back but I definitely have some wrinkles, around my middle, on my thighs, and my butt, which I new call the "deflated balloon." I don't think I have enough extra to warrant plastic surgery but man, it does bother me. A lot.

Megan-- I haven't been to a doctor in well over a year but my unofficial assessment is pretty much the same as yours-- that the muscle mass I'm making is overwhelming any weight loss that might be happening.

I'm guessing that weight watchers combination isn't geared towards serious athletes.

This is true; when we talk at meetings about "moving more," for the majority of the folks at my meetings this means maybe walking around the block. A lot of them consider it a huge accomplishment if they spend 15 minutes walking every other day. As for me, well...if I moved any more than I already am I would probably kill myself.

Jim Smith II said...

Congrats on the success, I think it's pictures like these that tend to put our *goals into perspective

*Weight goals, I couldn't help notice the #48 on your head, there's no help for you there ;-) Signed, a Kasey Kahne fan

Sarah said...

Jim-- I couldn't help notice the #48 on your head, there's no help for you there ;-) Signed, a Kasey Kahne fan

LOL...yeah, we're a house divided; I'm for Jimmie and my husband is like you-- a Kasey Kahne fan. :)

Megan said...

i'd be really curious to know what a sports oriented nutritionist or trainer would have to say about your proposed diet. I think, personally, i need a lot more protein so i don't just get hungry immediately again.