This past week has been an interesting one. I left Monday night to travel on a bus all night to Washington D.C. with my school. We spent three days jam-packed with touristy activities and walking all over D.C. By the time we left for home on Thursday night, all of our legs were so sore that some of us gathered for stretching sessions at several different points. I had been to D.C. before, so one of the most interesting things was seeing every thing being set up for the inauguration. I then of course watched it today, saying things like, "I saw them setting up those lights. I just walked there. What you don't know about that location is..." I'll give you a picture and then return to what this blog usually about.
Anyways, all that travel made things interesting. I knew that I needed to get Monday's run in before I left, so I did that. I had been doing great up to that point. Then, we went on the trip. Due to all the walking and basically no time at the hotel that was not past my bedtime, all I did was walk around D.C. Fitness I was fine with; what I'm not proud of is how I ate. Basically, every meal was eaten out, and I wasn't given the choice of what to have for lunch and several other meals. By the time meals came around, I was so hungry that I basically let myself eat whatever knowing that I would become so hungry with walking around before the next meal that I needed to eat enough to keep going (I did bring some healthy snacks but couldn't always take them with me). Overall, I went up a bit but have returned to last week's weight since then. So, I've learned that I need to be more careful when traveling. Actually, I was reminded of it. I learned it for the first time in seventh grade when my family went on a two week vacation, and I gained twenty pounds. Yep, twenty pounds in two weeks. I think that's a record for weight gain. Especially considering that unless we were in the car, we were walking and hiking all around the National Parks we were visiting. Next time, I need to make a better plan and track because I didn't even do that.
Fitness is great as recently usual, which is still strange to me since I've use to only worry about nutrition. On Saturday, I ran my scheduled 4.5 miles. I did it using the same circle my dad and I biked last summer (it was a real struggle for him and not the easiest for me). Saturday night, I was showing him the ap I am using, and he could not believe that I ran the path we biked last summer. What improvement! Plus, I'm just getting started.
Today, I decided to recommit to losing weight. Yes, I've been committed all along, but I have been at the same 5 pounds (220-225) since November. Part of that is due to the holidays and transitioning between multiple living situations. Until graduation, I will be mostly living at school (after next week), so transitions are not a problem. I want to be under 220 by my next weigh-in. I want to be under 200 by March 18. Both of these goals are ambitious for me, but I think they are do-able. I will track my nutrition every day until I consistently follow my plan.
As I was deciding this today, I went downstairs to run my 3 miles on my parents' treadmill (apparently, they don't like me running in the forest preserve). I chose a closer goal of running three miles without my walk breaks, so I set the incline to 1% and the pace to 4.2 miles per hour and RAN. I ran the whole three miles! It took 43 minutes, but that's fine with me. I found my mind wanted to stop me. It kept saying, "it's hot; go open the window. We should give our legs a break. Why are you doing this? I want a glass of water!" But I refused to listen to it. I pictured 219 (my desired weight for Saturday) on the wall and ran towards it, knowing that I couldn't grab it until I ran three miles. I did it! Now, I will work this week to continue running towards that 219, getting closer with every healthy decision.
Current Weight: 222.0