Wednesday, January 13, 2010

On board

I know, 13 days into the new year and no posts from Liz....

Another writing block? I have had a few post ideas floating around in my head- but have not had the motivation to sit down and write them. Until now...?

On new years day I realized I only had 55 days left of being a participant in the CALERIE study (now only 42) and it initiated a mini-freak out. What am I going to do? How am I going to be able to do this on my own? What if I gain 20lbs? What if I forget everything I learned?

Nothing I had not thought before, but it all seemed so much closer. So much more real. The study is actually going to be over. Two years already!?

I have since negotiated these thoughts and am practicing telling myself (over and over) that I can do this, I will not forget everything, and if I gain weight, I know how to lose it.

It is helping.

I am writing this the day before a CALERIE party- and if it is anything like last year- I will leave feeling empowered that I can do this for the long haul. That will help power me through this last month in a sprint.

Another thing that is helping, related to sprinting, is the fact that TE and I (along with a few friends) are training for a half marathon in May. TE has been dragging me out of bed in the mornings to run (despite my cranky grumblings), and I know as it gets warmer (will it ever get warmer?!) it will be easier and easier to run.

Exercise helps me make better food choices. Having the support of people who helped me get here will help me make better choices. And reminding myself of how I did this for two years will help me make better choices. And again, I will remember the mice.

I hope to document this last month well so that I can look back on my two years of blogging, eating well, and changing my life, and know that I can continue this for life! Help keep me honest!!

Thank you for reading and following me/supporting me throughout this study!


Lofted Designs said...

As a girl NOT on a diet, your motivation is inspiring to me. Running? In January? Keep up the great work! You can do it. I vow not to force macaroni & cheese upon you in 2010.

farmall said...

If you can run I can walk--lets hope that the weather works with us.

rachel said...

Wow...I'm with Lofted...Running?!? In this weather?!? You would have to pay me a LOT of money to run outside in the morning in this cold.

You have done so well and learned so much these last 2 years (I cannot believe it's been 2 years) - things will be great. And you won't gain 20#. Well, if you do, it will be for a good reason... ;)

Melanie said...

i am so proud of you Liz- you have definitely inspired us all to make wiser decisions when it comes to eating healthier- so thank you!!

Miss Outlier said...

I'm not sure if I saw you today at the CALERIE party, but hello in any case. :)

Nearly two years is a huge accomplishment, and I am sure you will do fantastically even after it's over!

Good luck on the half-marathon!

Wifey said...

I know you can do this. You know that I've maintained a weight since one year out of college going on 9 years now. Granted I've had some ups but when that happens I've always been able to "get more serious" and follow the proper routine to get back where I'm comfortable. A lot of what you've been practicing for 2 years has become lifelong habits (products, amounts, meals) that you'll keep without thinking about it. AND if that doesn't work, we can have a weekly meeting and pretend you're still in the study!! :)