Sunday, September 15, 2013
Here's a picture of Martin, my nephew, finishing his 4th race in 24 hours. Few people ran the last race, a 5K, faster than the first race which was also a 5K. It was very hot and humid. However, I promised to buy Martin's dinner if he beat his time, and would you believe it?, he did. He chose healthy sushi and veggies.
I really admire Martin's determination. It does not phase him that he places solidly last place in his age group. He just keeps trying. This was his 11th and 12th 5K. His first ever was January of 2013. He set a goal to run a 5K each month this year and he is going to achieve it. He has now set a goal to run a 10K in 2014, probably the Lake to Lake in November.
Got to say I was really tired and hungry last evening and think I've still got a bit to learn on fueling my long runs. I did an 11 mile run yesterday. I didn't feel like my eating was emotional, but that I was truly hungry. However, I also attended Gwen's birthday party yesterday. I ate fruit and veggies at the party. I "indulged" in a Diet Cherry Coke, which is a treat now days. The cake and chips didn't even tempt me. But maybe I was having a bit of what Watermellen has written about, resistance fatigue. Anyway, I was up one pound this morning, but I'm not worried. Feeling completely committed to healthy lifestyle. I rode my bike 50 minutes this morning and would have ridden further, but had some tire troubles.
I'll have both kids all day today. Healthy supper (Salsa-Black Bean Chicken) is already in the crockpot for my DD, DSIL, hubby and me and the kids. It's going to be another good day!!
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.
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