I began running about 7 years ago solely with the intention of aiding in my weight loss journey. As I incorporated the extra cardio into my new, healthy lifestyle, it definitely helped me shed some of those pounds. And I was ecstatic!
But when the weight loss seemed to plateau, I knew it was because I was becoming efficient at running. My body had adapted to what I was asking it to do. I knew that I needed to change up my workout in order to “surprise” my body back into weight loss. I thought increasing my mileage would do the trick and help me drop a few more pounds… Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
Hi, my name is Jordan… *hi Jordan* and I’m a yo-yo dieter.
At this point in my life, it feels like I was born on a diet. Right now, I am struggling. I am making poor nutrition choices. I know that I should pick the carrot sticks in the fridge instead of the chips in the cabinet, but I just do not seem to have to will-power anymore to do it. What I need to do is get my healthy eating back on track.
Let’s face it. Our lives aren’t slowing down. Work, home, school, and family are pulling at us in all directions. If we manage to sneak in a quick workout we also have to plan for the time is takes to freshen up after the workout — especially us women with a whole lotta hair! Showering, washing, drying, styling hair, re-applying make-up can feel like another additional workout (not to mention the acrobatics it takes to preform some of those tasks)!
Have you ever lost track of time staring at “Before and After” pictures of weight loss success stories? I certainly have — they are all so incredible and inspiring! A few years ago, I came across one with a “girl in a green dress” and was absolutely astounded. It turns out this was Taralynn McNitt — a lifestyle blogger that at that time was blogging on Tumblr and focused on healthy living. Her story not only motivated me to start my own weight loss journey, but she continues to inspire me to this day – including starting my own blog. After seeing her “before and after” picture at such a young age, I decided there was nothing stopping me from changing my own future.
At a balmy 34º Fahrenheit this morning, I laced up my running shoes, piled on some layers and headed out the door to enjoy a winter run outside. I just feel like I have to take advantage of the “January Thaw” that we are currently experiencing in Wisconsin. Sometimes, this time of year the weather is absolutely miserable, especially in northern areas. The days are short, cold, and downright dreary. That’s why I try to get out of the house when the weather is a little more cooperative (and tolerable — meaning above 0º) and get a run in, even if it’s just a quick one.