Tuesday, June 30, 2009
It's now been 3 weeks since I signed up for half marathon training. I'm regularly running 4x per week (it's supposed to be 5 but I substitute Pilates Reformer for one run).
Sunday I ran 7 km and then my husband and I went for a long walk (8 km) shortly thereafter. Not one of my most brilliant moves. My muscles are pretty tight today.
I'm still struggling with my eating, but also practicing forgiveness. If I eatmore than I want to, then I simply forgive myself and tell myself the next meal will be better and it usually is. Some days I'm convinced I'm way too hard on myself. Although persistence gets results and every day counts it's not like I'm going to reverse everything in a week.
Right now some of my guilty pleasures are angel food cake with fresh berries and light cool whip.
The other night I sat down and chatted with my husband. Although it wouldn't be fair to say I started this training as a lark, it would be fair to say I wasn't sure it's something I can actually do. With every run I put in, I've been reversing that mind set and I'm now confident that with persistent training and the support of my Running Room group I CAN DO THIS!
I've decided to ignore the scale for a little bit. That kind of scares me, because that's how the pounds have creeped on before, but I still seem to be gaining and losing the same 2 pounds despite all the additional exercise I'm doing. On a positive note however, I'm convinced that my clothes are fitting better and that my tummy is starting to whittle down.
I'm feeling strong and confident. My hips are muscled and my arms are leaner. I'm starting to see a little definition in the bicep area. When I lie down I can feel how strong my core is under the layer of fat that's still sitting on top. I'm gratified to know that as it slowly melts off what's going to be behind there will be a welcome surprise.
Time Consuming? Not as much as I thought.
I'm sleeping better, have more energy and better self esteem.
I'm toying with the idea on changing my goals from a weight target to a reduced bra-size and clothing size. For now, I'll just keep on keeping on and sleep on it a bit.
The next week will be challenging. It's the Calgary Stampede complete with temptations everywhere.
Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The running class is progressing. I've even invested in one of those new fangled GPS gadgets that tells you how fast and how far you've run. It will even monitor your heart rate and download all the information to your computer. Quite fascinating.
I had to get a friend to show me how to use it and I'm still struggling with it.
Sunday, I woke up to pouring rain and decided not to go to the group run, but I still did my "homework" when the clouds looked a little less threatening later in the day.
Sadly, I seem to be using the running as an excuse to stuff my face. I'm hungrier all the time and have given myself permission to satisfy that. So my weight is up. Sigh.
I do feel stronger (but tired) and I'm confident that a return to calorie counting will add up to less pounds.