A fat girl’s quest to freedom

Hard Core Restart – The Road to Rugged Maniac 2014

It has been a while since I blogged about my weight loss or better yet my failing at weight loss. 2013 was a year of gains and losses but not really making any inroads to freeing my inner fit girl. 2014 is a year of change. I have finally gotten serious…I mean really serious. No excuses, no rationalizing…just plain cold truths:

1) I am going to die young if I don’t change.

2) There are thousands of things that I haven’t accomplished yet.

3) I don’t want to reach the end of my life with regrets of not living a full life.

This really left me no choice. I was either going to keep slowly killing myself or I was going to do whatever I needed to do to have a happy, fulfilling life. I did not wait for New Years to do this. I started on December 27th. My first step was to figure out how to eat healthy without starving myself or dieting. This is a lifestyle choice…no more salad days or fasting. Eat healthy and keep to portion sizes. I didn’t worry or second guess myself. I just started paying attention to what I put in my mouth and I documented it. I would not allow myself to side step but I would also be realistic. There are going to be days that I will eat a little off my ideal but those days will equal longer workouts. I won’t go crazy…one meal only. I also wanted to start working out. I don’t want to be thin…I want to be FIT. I pulled out my wii and my Zumba and I started working out. I started small, 3 days a week, but I would work my way up to 5 days a week. By day 14 I was so proud of myself. I hadn’t overeaten or binged nor was I tempted. I had covered an wall in my room with positive and motivating messages. But I was missing a short term goal.

At work last week, some of my coworker were talking about doing Rugged Maniac. They wanted me to do it with them. I automatically said no but I decided to check it out over the weekend so I could them why I wouldn’t do it. Rugged maniac is this crazy 5k race (that’s right, 5K) that includes 20+ obstacles. Obstacles like crawling on your belly in muddy water under barbed wire, scaling 12′ walls and trying to climb up steep, muddy hills…with all this freaking running in between. It’s freakin insane. But as I watched the videos…I don’t know. I wanted to be one of those people at the end…who were bruised and muddy and….VICTORIOUS! They were tired but they were happy because they did it. Some were hardcore OCR runners but most were there to challenge themselves and have fun. So after a while….I just went for it and in 4 months and 4 days I will compete for my first race…ever.

Since I want a record of this journey I will blog as I prepare for this. There is a six-week training program that I will do leading up to the race. But I need to get in shape for that, lol. So I will be working out 5 days a week for the next month to build up my stamina.  In March I want to incorporate some hard core strength/endurance training leading into the six-week training. Something like P90x (terrified). I am ready to do this!

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