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I graduated! :)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Today was my 90th day with SparkCoach, so I've officially finished the "4-stage" program. I feel like I should be wearing a cap and gown ...

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I decided to go ahead and move on to the Plateau Busting program because I do think I want to lose a little more weight, but more importantly I want to ensure that the good fitness habits I STARTED with are maintained. And you know lately that's been sorta slack city in my 'hood.

Major issues lately:

1. Little Bear being sick. We have now identified his illness as something called "Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease" wherein blisters form in the affected areas. Fever, loss of appetite, rash -- all consistent with what he's got. It just has to run its course, and he seems slightly better every day. He's still wanting to hang on me when we goes to sleep though, and wakes up in the middle of the night wanting to Rock Wiv Mommy -- which is adorable when it's not 3am. And his naps are non-existent right now, which takes 2 hours out of an already overscheduled day. He was so fussy yesterday that he barely let me do my Skype session with my coach, so I packed up the stroller and took him on a 45-minute walk. He of course fell asleep after 10 minutes, but the second we came home he was awake and fussy again. Poor guy, but I'm getting to the "Poor Mommy" stage too!

2. Over-scheduling. Yeah, that's my issue. I plan a full day, but if one thing doesn't go according to plan, the whole hierarchy falls apart.

3. Reading too much: Darn the summer reading program for getting me involved in Cozy Mysteries!! Now it's far too easy for me to blow off my responsibilities to sit back and find out what Miss Marple and Kelly Flynn are up to.

4. Not running, or scheduling too much on my run days: The simple fact that I guess I'm not really addressing is that I LOVE RUNNING! I love logging the miles, I love sweating, I love intervals, I love races, I love it love it love it LOVE IT! And yet it's one of the first things to get kicked off the schedule when life happens. WHY???

Running allows me to eat what I want. It fulfills the "cardio" requirement for fitness, and burns a ton of calories. It keeps my stress down, and keeps me motivated. It's my drug, I guess, and I need it. But most importantly, it's the keystone to my whole SparkPeople plan. If I run, I lose weight. (As long as I eat enough.) If I run, my legs look FABULOUS :) If I run, I feel like I have accomplished something for the day. So obviously I NEED TO RUN!

So today, even though I'm overscheduled beyond how overscheduled I USUALLY am, I am RUNNING, darn it! Even if it's just 3 miles, I'm running!

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So that was my commencement speech. I am looking forward to "graduate school" (ie the Maintenance program) in a few months, so YAY!
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