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That darn scale: The last 10 pounds

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  November 16, 2012 08:00 AM

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When I started this blog, I wanted to honestly document my journey to get healthy.

I've had successes, I've had failures, I've had things I want to do better, and things I've yet to do that I'd like to try.

But today's post isn't about any of that. This post is about being human. And this human is struggling with the last 10 pounds I'd like to get off this stumpy little bod of mine.

I'm not doing it for vanity (although fitting in smaller pants is a nice little bonus.) Ten more measly pounds will get me into that category of BMI (body mass index) labeled "normal."

As of right now I'm still in the "overweight" category. And I know that BMI is not the only measure of fitness or health -- but it's an important one to me. My BMI is 25.8 right now. A BMI of 24.9 is considered "normal." Oh how I would like to be "normal."

In the past few months, I've been proud of my accomplishments. But this last 10 pounds is kicking my behind. So while many of you have e-mailed me and asked why I'd start training for a 5K again instead of doing another half-marathon or even a marathon, I'm focusing on dropping this last 10 for good and setting a personal record at my 5K in May.

I'm still not a fast runner. Maybe I never will be. But I can say I'm a runner, which is more than I could say when I started this journey, and that is something for which I'm proud.

Now, I'd like to say I'm "normal." So I'm going to go back to the drawing board on that front as well and I'm doubling down with tracking my food intake and journaling.

It's been a long, slow journey, and the nice part is that I'm far healthier now than I was. The only difference is that now that I've made this shift to a healthier me, where I am right now isn't quite healthy enough by my new standards. So, the hard work continues.

I'm human. I struggle just like the rest of you. I have good days and bad days. I am not a famous person with a personal trainer and chef at her disposal. I'm just a working mom, trying to be healthy, and getting back to "normal."

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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