I have known Cookie for over 10 years now and since meeting her she has gone from someone desperately trying to stick to exercise (but secretly hating it) to someone who bounds out of bed in the morning excited about her 20k run (I know...magical right?). Although I don't see her often anymore, I keep in touch through Facebook and just looking at her pictures I see a change in her physically and mentally. She is my role model for exercise! In fact, it is her face that I see when I am falling out of bed at 5:45am to go out for my morning wog...she is now MY exercise motivator.
Unfortunately, Cookie may have fallen under the "last ten pounds" spell that usually happens around the same time one plateaus in fitness gains (and weight losses). If this has happened to you, you know the frustration. You establish a weight loss goal, work towards it and see the pounds coming off until one day...it stops. You are doing the same things, but for some stupid reason, you are staying the same weight. Now it becomes a war between you and your fat cells. You wage it through increased intensity, more time in the gym, and (perhaps) less food in your stomach. This is where a really good thing like exercise and eating well...goes bad. I see it, more often than not, with people who have established new health behaviours. It slowly takes over their lives until one day all they are thinking about is when their next endorphin hit will be and what the scale will say in the morning. That's not health, that's exercise addiction!
|Today, our kids are more |
weight obsessed than
any other generation....
When is it going to stop?
The secret to health, remember, is balance. Ten pounds does not a "weight problem" make. Keep in mind, more research suggests one can be healthy at any size IF one remains physically active and eats a balanced diet full of vegetables. Therefore, the goal to loose the last 10 pounds isn't about health...it is solely about looking good naked - and there's nothing wrong with that. Where it starts to go bad is when health takes a back seat to looking good naked and we lose site of what is important in life.
Cookie, you look gorgeous NOW and your dedication to running and eating well is absolutely inspiring to me (someone who knew you when). Just continue this healthy habit, enjoy the fun foods, get away from that stupid scale, and give yourself a pat on the back for how much you have accomplished....and don't kill me for bringing you into my little blog world...it was bound to happen sometime.