Tuesday, April 02, 2013
As you all know, March was rough for me. I had to stop running and spring break (plus my anniversary with my fiance) brought a change in schedule that made it hard to keep up with my program. I managed to do something every day in March except the last two - a travel day and Easter. Now I am back at school, back to the same ol' routine for the next month and a half, and I am ready to use that to my advantage!
My eczema has not cleared up due to various other things triggering it, but I have found a lotion that will clear most of it up in two days. I have decided that it is doing well enough and I've been feeling pudgy/tired/stressed/over all not good enough lately that it's time for me to start running again. I started up with a 5k Running Training Plan today.
It was amazing! I was so nervous about having lost all of my endurance, and I lost some, but I still had most of it. I actually really enjoyed the first 15 minutes of my run. Then it got difficult, so I cut my run to 26 minutes instead of 32. I pushed myself at the beginning, and I didn't want to overexert myself, so I decided to let myself be done when I needed to. But, wow, I feel so amazing having gotten back out there!
In addition to picking running back up, I have a few other things to work on for April. I am still doing the Eat Better challenge, so I will be working hard to watch what I eat better. My goal is to reduce my grains, especially refined ones. This means no more desserts and very limited pasta. I used to eat pasta at least once a day, but it was white and served in large portions. I was always craving it and never fully satisfied, so I'm trying to combat that. I also am working on increasing my fruits and vegetables. Right now my goal is 5/day. I am also continuing with yoga and body weight strength training. I hope to get a more solid routine down for that this month.
Overall, things are good, but not great. I lost 3 pounds over Lent, one pound short of what I was hoping for, but I'm still only 5 pounds away from my goal weight. I'm very excited about that, but I need to work a lot harder for it than I did those last two weeks of March. Motivation, self control, and knowledge. With those three things, I can do anything.