Things have been going great with the walking this week, and I’m loving every minute of it. I haven’t had a lot of time to go out and explore new places to walk, so the walks have continued to take place in my neighborhood, which is great. The only thing is, these posts are going to get boring if I keep saying “the walks are going great” all the time.
To spice things up, I decided I’d share with you the “interview” that I conducted with one of the WW.com editors. I found out that I “may” get mentioned in the article that will appear on the sight. (At first I was under the impression that I was definitely going to be included, but I think the editors may have decided to take the article in a new direction).
One of the things that may preclude me from being included is the fact that I didn’t want to send in a picture of myself. Since this blog is anonymous, I really don’t want that sort of exposure. The editor I was dealing with said that she’d see what they could work out. So, I guess we’ll see. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll still be included.
Brief description of yourself (be as personal, private, silly or serious as you like) I’ve struggled with weight my entire life, and last year I finally decided to do something about it. I’ve always eaten fairly healthy, but my portions were out of control. Last year when I joined WW, I told myself it was for the last time. I have completely changed my lifestyle - my activity level, attitude, and outlook are all much healthier than they have ever been before. Thanks to the Momentum Walk-It Challenge, I’ve developed the “habit” of walking 6 days a week, and I am loving it. Even though I still have a long way to go to reach my 140 pound weight loss goal, I am not the same person I was a year ago, and most of that is thanks to the support offered by WW, as well as the readers and writers I’ve met through my blog.
Why do you blog? Blogging allows me to express myself creatively. I’ve always loved to write, and someday I hope to write a nonfiction book, but for now, my blog is how I connect with other people who are also on this weight loss journey. I have gotten tremendous support from the people who read my blog, and have learned so many great ideas from other people’s blogs. It’s this entire online community of people whom I consider friends, even though we’ve never met. We inspire, motivate, and cheer each other on every step of the way. It’s amazing. How are you doing the Momentum™ Walk-It Challenge? With existing and/or new friends? Are you on a team? I absolutely love the Momentum Walk-It Challenge. I’m doing it on my own, although I’ve encouraged a group of my friends to join the 5K with me, so we’ll all be walking it together. As one of the 14 exclusive Walk-It, Blog-It Participants, I’m able to encourage my readers and hear about their progress with the program. For me personally, this program has changed my life – literally. I had joined Team in Training (TNT)with the hopes of completing a half marathon, but I was overtraining (doing too much too soon for my fitness level) and I got injured. I was devestated that I had to drop out of the TNT participation, and very discouraged about my weight loss efforts. I was depressed. Then I went to the WW meeting that week and heard about the WW Momentum Walk-It Challenge and felt energized and excited about exercise in a way I hadn’t been in months! I started that first day with my 15 minute walk, felt no pain, and knew I would be successful. It’s been the best feeling in the world to know that I CAN fitness walk, I just have to do it slow and steady. My pace is better now that it was when I was training with TNT!
How has the challenge helped you set/reset/retune your goals? As I mentioned above, I’m completely re-energized. I was experiencing a plateau with my weight loss for weeks until I started the Challenge. Since I started the Challenge 4 weeks ago, I’ve consistently lost 1 pound or more each week. It’s amazing how much of a difference being active makes. By participating in the Challenge, I’ve come to really enjoy being active – it’s now a normal part of my daily routine. I love the serenity and sense of accomplishment I feel after completing a walk.
Why are you blogging about it? I want to encourage other people to join the Challenge. Plus, I share so much of my weight loss journey with my blog readers, I simply couldn’t keep this huge part of it out! _________________________________________
Because this weekend is a 3-day weekend, I really want to try to find a place to get out and “explore” as I walk. I have a few places in mind, so we’ll see which one I decide on.
The other major goal for me this weekend is to sign up for my 5K. I picked it out a long time ago, but I keep forgetting (or getting too busy) to sign up. I’ll definitely make it a priority this weekend. I’ll tell you more about which 5K I chose next week.
How’s your walking going? Have you signed up for your 5K yet? 10K? Are you encouraging others to join you on walks? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.