It has been a good minute since I wrote a blog or participated in Spark in general. The past two weeks have been crazy busy for me and I found that at the end of the day, I just didn't have the energy to log on and engage the way I would like to. In the two weeks since my last blog, I have managed my weight within a 2-3 lb swing. My eating can always stand to improve and that hasn't changed since February. But nonetheless, exercise and activity in general is a part of my life so I haven't had the repurcussions of a semi-bad diet.
I have had a couple of "Aha Moments" in the past couple of weeks, for different reasons. While I was on my business trip to Wichita, I noticed that the jeans that I decided to wear, the designer size 16 jeans which were originally my goal jeans, would not stay on my a$$. I didn't bring a belt because a.) I don't like dealing with them with airport security and b.) I felt it was unecessary because these jeans have always been a pretty snug fit. Seeing myself in those jeans in addition to me comfortably wearing my NY & Co size 14 slacks, assures me that I have dropped a dress size, officially. Of course, you will always have those rogue items that will not fit but I am claiming myself as a 14.
While on that same trip to Wichita, I went down to the hotel fitness center. While running on the treadmill, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. That, along with a picture taken of me at my family reunion the next week, confirmed to me that my journey is far from over. I have gotten much too comfortable with my progress and I could still EASILY lose 30 pounds.
Yesterday I was hosting a Networking Event for our company and one of our corporate attorneys who I have not seen since I began my journey, came up to me after the event, gave me a hug and whispered in my ear, "You look fantastic. You have really worked hard and lost a lot of weight and I am proud of you." It made me feel so good. It reminded me that I have what it takes to change and my change is noticeable even when I get down on myself about my progress.
Another "Aha Moment" I had came when I was visiting my family in Rockford, IL. Derrell and I went on a trek to find a 24 HR Fitness. My GPS told me there was one 30 minutes away. We got up early in the morning to drive there, nearly to Chicago, just to find that this 24 Hr Fitness: The Edge was a knock of version that was in no way affiliated with 24 HR Fitness and we couldn't get in. Once we get back to my aunt's home, which is slightly rural. I ask Derrell if he wants to go on a run with me. My two little cousins say they want to go to. They are 11 and 13. I am in better shape than both the kids, and it appeared, my fiance too! They would run real hard and get ahead of me and then stop, panting and bent over, and I would just run comfortably at my own pace and pass them. We did a mile and made it back to the house. It was very hot and humid so I took a drink break. I asked who was ready for round 2 and Derrell and Mya dropped out. So me and Mikkal went a little further on our second run. I wore him out! It only took us about 25 minutes for the whole thing but it was a nice workout. The day before yesterday Derrell and I went on a 5 mile walk/run and 95% of the time, I was in front. At one point our neighbor seen us and screamed, "Man, YOU are supposed to be leading the way. She's passing you!" It was funny.
Well, I only have 3 months as of today until my wedding. I was stressing out about the guest list but I have just let it go; it's not worth it. I got my hair breaded so that I can concentrate on working out without worrying about how much time it will take to tame my natural hair. I am loving having braids! Now I have NO excuses not to work out and drop some pounds!
Tomorrow morning I am registered for a 5k at 8 am and then scheduled to work my PT job at 9:30! I also registered for a virtual 10k to be run in two weeks. Wish me luck!