Friday, September 13, 2013
This evening I'm going to the Aching Quad race to root on my nephew who is going to run 4 races in 24 hours. Tonight at 7:30pm there is a 5K, at 7 am a one mile race, at 8:30 am a 2 mile race that finishes uphill, and finally at 7 pm another 5K. It involves running around 3 different lakes in Lakeland. I attended Lakeland Runner's Club meeting last evening, but nephew had to work and missed it. I spoke to one of the leaders, who is almost a missionary for running, about my nephew and primed him to invite the 28 year old to participate in some club-sponsored training runs. I've encouraged him to go, but it doesn't fit my training plan and I think he'd be more likely to go if he knows someone there. So, hope it works.
I'm not running the Aching Quad because I want to stick to my HM training. I'll be starting an 11 mile run at 5:30am. We'll be running from downtown and our entire run will be on the course of our Lakeland Half Marathon, and we will run around 3 lakes as well, but only one in common with the Aching Quad. I hope to be done in time to see my nephew finish the 2 mile run. Then we'll both clean up and get ready for Gwen's 3rd birthday party (how could 3 years go so fast?) at 10am in a park in a small town just south of us.
I'm having a good day today. I've just recovered two dining room chairs and I love the new fabric I chose. My workmanship may be slightly less than professional, but it looks pretty good. I have four more chairs to do, but they don't all have to be done today.
I've been very proud of my eating recently, savoring every bite and making really good choices. For someone who was a binge eater for years, and even struggled some after making goal weight, I know that I'm still improving my relationship with food. The scale is just about as good as it can get. Well, I wouldn't mind being down one more pound, but I have no illusion that life will be better at 126 rather than today's 127.0. I'm also proud that I'm right on schedule with my HM training and looking forward to more training and the event on November 9th.
Life is good! Be good to yourself!! Eat smart because you love yourself! And move that body because you love it!! You deserve the benefits of a healthy lifestyle!!!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
I read a wonderful SP blog today that said losing and maintaining weight is all related to loving yourself. I hadn't thought about it that way, but yes. Yes, it is.
And Flylady (FLY = Finally Loving Yourself) sent me an e-mail this week saying that loving is an action and, along with the organizational and home blessing missions, she recommends a "pamper yourself" mission each day. If you don't feel love toward yourself she says act like you do or fake it 'til you make it.
One pamper suggestion was to wear your jewelry. So today I got out the blue topaz necklace, earrings, and bracelet hubby gave me 20 or more years ago. It had been at least 12 years since they had been out of their case. I wore them to the Senior Dance this morning. It felt good. And he smiled.
This may not be the last pamper mission I undertake. I truly do maintain my weight because I am learning to love myself.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I ran at the Y today, doing my 3 min run/1 min walk intervals of 5.8mph and 3.8mph, going about 5 miles. I felt strong and healthy during my run and it didn't seem difficult. I stretched, showered, and came home and ate. But now I feel really tired. Not sure if it is a recovery issue. Actually, I think it is because I slept rather poorly last night. I'll try to get rested and pay better attention to how I feel after each of next week's runs. I don't run again now until Saturday at 5:30am when it is an 11 mile group outing along the path of the upcoming Lakeland Half Marathon.
Tonight we have our monthly local SparkTeam dinner. I look forward to them so much. It's great to have a special event mid-week. Special thanks to Cyndi for all she does to organize and keep our team going!!
Wishing all my SparkFriends peace on this day we remember too well.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Judith Beck PhD (The Beck Diet Solution) says that cravings usually peak within the first few weeks of a diet. And then once you limit or stop eating the foods you crave, your cravings for those foods will diminish significantly.
When I read this again tonight I just had to say that is exactly the experience I had. After years of giving into cravings, I finally did exactly what she recommended and got off of the foods I was craving.
I'm very happy to say I have very, very few cravings now. Oh, I get hungry, but I find that any food will take away hunger. I'm content to see what is on my food plan or what nutrients I'm still needing for the day. It really is freedom.
Monday, September 09, 2013
The early morning run was great. I ran near the front of the group. And, yes, I was the oldest person in the group by far, but it didn't matter. The streets were well lit and I only needed my flashlight for a small part of the run. We ran along part of the course of the inaugural Lakeland half marathon which will be Saturday, November 9th.
I heard the 2:30 and the 2:37 pace group leaders talking to each other, concerned that if the heat doesn't let up, they won't make their pace. The 2:30 leader has run a half recently in 2:18 and she said today's workout should have seemed easy, but it didn't. We need to run at 11:24 minutes per mile to make the 2:30. Today we ran about 11:30 pace and only went 5 miles, so I understand why she is concerned. On the positive side, I felt like I had more to give. I guess I'm glad I don't have the pressure of being a pace group leader.
Really, I shouldn't talk about PR. Don't need that pressure. As ONEKIDSMOM taught me, although I think she got it from Galloway, any race is a success if you end in an upright position with a smile on your face wanting to do it again! Well, it won't hurt for me to aim for 2:30, and train as well as I know how for the next 8 weeks, but I'll be happy as long as I meet Barb's definition of success.
And I must say by that definition my 4:40 am run was a success for sure!!
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