What many have told me along the way is true, that it’s the eating that makes the biggest difference. But, the exercising I’m doing, mainly running, represents the reason why I want to do it at all. Losing the weight is great, but being able to do things is proof of why it matters. I have a goal of running the Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon on Aug. 4.
That is a goal, not a commitment. Each day I run and increase mileage, I am cognizant of the fact that I’m running while carrying 378 pounds. That can do some damage if I am not careful. So far there have been a couple of cautions, but losing weight has helped set them aside.
The most recent potential goal killer came on Monday. The week before we had a significant snowstorm and the roads and trails were not clear by Saturday, so I didn’t get in the 4-mile run I was scheduled for. The week before I was on the hook for 3.5 miles and I was pretty nervous before I did it. It went well, though. I don’t place too much pressure on doing these runs quickly, so it is always about finishing.
On Monday night I decided to go to downtown Silverdale’s business district because the roads are better lit and because I could do a loop that would leave me not too far from my car if I needed to stop. My plan was to try to get to 4 miles, but after a week of not running I was willing to settle for the straight 30 minutes that was on the schedule. The first 3.5 miles went amazingly well. During the last half mile, though I developed a burning pain on my left side between my hip and knee. I calculated that I could finish, and I did, but I wondered if this was a sign that I had reached my mileage max, that I should postpone the half-marathon goal. Sitting down reduced the pain, but it lingered through Tuesday.
Going home Monday night I did a little research and the condition it most seemed to be was called “Meralgia Paresthetica.” Basically it’s a pinched nerve common with overweight people. It didn’t seem too dire in the reading. The cures were losing weight, non-restrictive clothing and reduced activity. If that didn’t work, a visit to the chiropractor might help. In severe cases it takes surgery. On Tuesday morning I put the belt on my pants, because I wasn’t confident they would stay up, but later in the day I took it off and everything was fine, though a little sloppy looking. On Wednesday morning I decided to try the 30-minute run I was scheduled for and it went fine. In fact, I felt fantastic.
I finished the rest of the week sans belt and ran a 5k on Saturday. My legs were heavy, but there was none of the Meralagia Paresthetica pain. I did fine.
This Saturday I’m on the schedule for 4.5 miles. The next week it’s 5 miles. Every week I don’t know if I can do what my schedule says I should do, but for now I’m OK with that. The bigger goal in all of this is getting to 199 and running a marathon. I want to get both done within two years. I’m on pace to get the run, but I’m behind on the weight loss. I hope the 4 pounds I lost this week is a sign I can back on pace for the weight.
Beginning weight: 404
This week’s weight: 378
Last week’s weight: 382
One week change: -4
Total weight lost: -26
Weight loss goal: 205
Percentage body weight goal: 50.5 percent
Percentage body weight lost: 6.4 percent
Percentage of goal lost: 12.7 percent
Plans for this week: Exercises on the non-run days.