Monday, September 08, 2008
I ran an incredible 2.44 miles (25 mins) straight yesterday at almost 6 mph and that included some pretty challenging hills... not steep, but those long, slow grades that take endurance to get up. The one going into the golf course is shorter and a little steeper but I have managed it repeatedly. The one on the way back, which is longer and slower, is the one I managed for just the 2nd time yesterday an then I just kept on going all the way up to the Sonic!
I still wonder what the people in the cars going by think when they see me running... and I try to remember what I used to think before I lost the weight...
I think it was a mix of "crazy/wow.not.for.me/eh.whatever/bully.fo
r.them" mixed with jealousy.
Now I feel a sense of camaraderie... I want to hop out of the car and cheer them on or run with them and get to know their stories.
Today I did something bold and hopefully I did it right... I applied for a job with the Army in Germany as a Community Health nurse. Leap of faith, maybe not even done correctly... but it's doing what I love in Germany for more money. Did I mention it's in Germany?
Getting the balance right on my eating vs exercising is a new and interesting challenge. I managed to only lose .2 lbs this week. I ate 1800 cals or thereabouts for the last week and kept my exercise pretty level. So I guess I need to eat somewhat more. I'm going to ease up to 1900 calories and see how that works.
Today's lunch is chicken gyros salad... leftovers turned into salad and it's lovely!
I've been thinking about my mom a lot this past few weeks. The 3rd anniversary of her passing is in November. I had a dream about her in which she was sitting in her wheelchair through a doorway and was staring straight at me. Then I noticed how much my hands are starting to look the way I remember hers looking.
"I saw my mother's hands today." That is the seed of a poem I want to write. It was such a blessing to have a mom like her. She tended us when we were sick, she cooked amazing food, she created beautiful art in oil paint, papier mache, crochet, cooking crystals, burlap, elmers glue, tissue paper, wood, etc. She created an atmosphere of love and plenty no matter the $$ in the house. She also had a marvelous sense of humor & fun spurred on by a sharp facile mind.
She would be proud of my weight loss. She always worried about my weight and for health reasons. She would have made an incredible nurse.
But back to the present... today's a gift, that's why it's called the present.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
I just want to thank everyone for the support I have received in the last few months with this whole weight loss thing. It really has meant a great deal to me. I feel incredibly blessed and loved.
Maintenance is going to be a journey unto itself. One of those strange new adventures, especially because I am committed to continuing with the exercise and eating habits that I have established over the last 8 months.
When I started, I was hoping to be into a size 12 by the next New Year's... and I'm in an 8 or 10 (depending on brand and age of clothing). I am quite satisfied with that.
When I started, I was hoping to be more physically healthy... I never dreamed I'd run/walk my first 5K in June... and now I find, though running is HARD, I LIKE it. My body craves exercise and physical movement. (Tonight I'm going a little neurotic on where I can fit in 45 minutes of exercise before or after choir practice.)
When I started, I had no idea how much happier I was going to be, and I was already a relatively happy person.
When I started, I had no idea how much stress relief I was going to find... and trust me, I have had some backbreaking & mind-bending stress in the last 8 months.
When I started, I didn't know how many physical aches & pains would find relief... nothing earth-shattering... but my low back pain is only an infrequent visitor now... YAY!
When I started, I had no idea how much clearer my mind would be and how much more energy I would have... I feel like I could understand calculus while climbing a mountain now!
When I started, I thought I had no self-control and now I find it to be a natural part of my decision-making process...
In short, I have realized everything I wanted and so much more and I am confident the discoveries will increase.
Now the news comes out that if you are physically active, especially running, you can delay serious declines normally associated with aging by an average of 16 years.
So my feet are going to keep easin' on down the road or treadmill until they just won't go no further!
Good afternoon and greatest blessings to you all!
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