Weight-Loss Calendar Week 15 -- When Injury Sidelines Your Goals

150 pounds
I broke through my weeks-long weight-loss stall (finally!) and weighed in yesterday morning at 150 pounds. That was good to see, let me tell you, especially since I haven't been this weight since 2007. Three years ago!

I'm officially 20 pounds away from my goal weight, and I hope to reach that by the end of the year. But this past week was discouraging in one way -- I got sick and a little injured. As you'll remember, I decided to work out every day this month but every day this month turned into every day this month except for four days last week when I was making sure I didn't run myself into a doctor's visit.


I wrote at length about my "mystery ailments" at my personal blog, but in short, I woke early Thursday morning with severe back pain that almost made me go to the ER. After self-diagnosing myself (along with the help of my readers; thanks!), I decided I probably 1) needed a couple days off and 2) needed to drink a lot more water.

I feel much better after a few days of rest and lots of hydration, and I was back in the gym tonight, feeling much better.

It's great to make goals, and it's really important for me to stick to my goals since I have spent years making goals I never planned to keep -- but it's more important for me to run my 10K and meet my ultimate weight-loss goal. I was genuinely afraid if I pushed myself any harder, I'd injure myself even more and those goals would be in jeopardy.

I was thinking about all this as I took Thursday night off and went to sleep fairly early. One thing that's crucial in changing your lifestyle (whether working out or eating better or getting outside more or just being happier with your body as it is right now) is listening to your body. What is it telling you? What does it want to achieve? Does it need a day off? Are you pushing it too hard?

I'm proud of myself for listening to my body, losing a few pounds this week anyway, and getting back in the workout saddle after a much-needed rest.

When was the last time you listened to your body?


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