Monday, July 22, 2013
It's been ages since I updated and I have no good excuse. Life has not been too hectic, I was not run over by a bus or abducted by aliens. I didn't even move or get a new job. I did, however, get lured away to counting calories on another site (this feels a bit like confession, no one hold this against me!) and while the food database was bigger and the graphics slicker, I missed the people from SparkPeople. You guys are like a big circle of awesome and it's nice to have people out there who know what you're going through.
I have been buys the past couple months running, I ran my first half marathon in May. I raised over $1,000 for the Alzheimer's Association and it was both the best thing I have ever done (after marrying my husband) and one of the hardest. Training to run 13 miles is no joke. But I did it and it gave me a newfound sense of appreciation for my body and what it is capable of. Once the half was over I cut back on my long-distance running. Running was becoming something I HAD to do, not something I WANTED to do and I cutting back to a few miles a few times a week helped me from feeling burnt out.
I'm also happy to report that I have hardly set foot in the gym this summer. No, I haven't given up on exercise, I've just been able to get most of it done outside. I am not a morning person, but nothing makes me feel happier about being awake at an early hour like being on a walk with my dogs at sunrise. It does a body and soul good.
My goals are still the same. I have a "magic number" that is my goal and I'm working on getting there. It's only 6 pounds away, but sometimes those are the hardest. I'm also working on adding more strength training to my repertoire as well. As for food, I strive to only eat when hungry and stop when full (well, don't we all?), but more importantly I'm trying not to eat when bored, lonely, sad or anxious. Food can do a lot of good, but it can't solve my problems for me and that's sometimes the hardest thing to remember.
I hope everyone out there is having a good summer and enjoying the warmer weather as much as I am!