I just woke up not too long ago. My back has a mild ache. Partly because I need to see the chiropractor. Partly because of how hard I've been working out lately. Partly because I think the mattress just causes me to ache some mornings.
Today I'm on the volunteer phone lines. I can't run - I won't be able to hear my cell phone. But that's okay. I really pushed yesterday. I need a rest day from running. But I don't want a rest day from all fitness.
The scale is moving. I know it's moved in the past, but there are those blocks we all tend to have. For me, it was to get that scale to read below 230lbs. It finally has. Yesterday was the first time. Today it did it again. It's exciting.
I know the number on the scale is not EVERYTHING, but it is a major indicator. Unfortunately it does not change like it used to. It feels like I have to work 3x harder to get that number to budge. It used to budge with some nudging from me. Not anymore. I wonder if that's because my diet is so much cleaner than it was years ago. I used to have some play in what I ate. I could cut out/back on breads, processed foods, sugars, etc. Not so much anymore. Yes, there is still some I could cut out, but that would be it. Cut it out completely.
Even stepping up my running alone did not help move the numbers on the scale. They have really started moving when I found other activities to add to my running. Swimming. Gardening. Bike riding. Mostly swimming though. My kids are keeping me very VERY busy in the pool most days. Some days it's just floating around with the little ones. But the older ones really enjoy playing in the water. It's great. I'm slowly re-learning how to swim again.
So today is a day off of running. Any fitness I do I need to have my cell phone so I can hear it, and I need my handbook and notebook very close, in case the phone rings. No problem. Hubby and I have decided to go for a bike ride. I can have my books on the bag on the back. I can have my earpiece on for my phone. If it rings, I'll have to stop right there and take a call, but it's worth it to get out and get moving.
Lately I'm feeling much more like an athlete in training. I'm feeling the muscle soreness. I'm focused on fueling rather than feeding. And I feel like I'm making progress. The next race is September 8. At the rate I'm loosing weight, I need to keep going until November to reach my goals.
I hate to admit it, but I'm scared that if I don't have a race to train for, I might stop my training and in turn stop my weight loss. Maybe it's time for me to sign up for another race for later in this year.