Today was ST day, but the sun was shining and it was a bit warmer (about 24-degrees), so I decided that I'd take a little run before picking up the weights. I really prefer cardio to ST anyway, so it's not that surprising that I'd put off the ST a little longer with a run.
Along the run, I met up with FIVE NSVs...
1. It was warmer but not warm. But my little chant as I headed out had nothing to do with the cold. My mind kept repeating, "I love the sun! I love to run! I love the sun! I love to run!" I really meant it, too, I wasn't trying to convince myself.
2. An older gentleman who was out for a walk said, "That's a pretty good pace you have going there." He may not have known anything about running, but it was still nice to hear. Also, I was able to actually answer him and chat briefly as I went by.
3. Two women (who I don't know) were also out walking. One of them said, "I'm inspired watching you run every day." Inspiring feels good! Though it's a little strange to realize that people notice me running around the neighborhood (probably looking like a fool).
4. I set out for a short run and ended up going a little more than 11 miles. The NSV is that I just felt so good out there in the sun that I didn't want to stop.
5. I had the realization that I am happy with where I am right now and even up a few pounds. I am still a few pounds overweight according to the BMI charts, and I am still going to work to get into the healthy range, but I am happy here. If I find that I cannot easily hold on to a lower weight, I'll be ok right where I am now. This is important because I do not want to boomerang back up to my high weight. The last time I tried to make it to goal and failed, I wasn't happy enough with where I was to work at staying there. I felt that if I couldn't make it to some arbitrarily set number that I wasn't good enough. It was all or nothing. I gained back every pound that I had lost plus some. That has been a nagging fear of mine. Today I realized that I do not need to allow that to happen. Whether I get these last 3, 5, 10, 15 pounds off or not, I can stay where I am and be happy. Oh, I know that it's always going to be work, but I also know that I am capable of getting the job done.
I call that a successful run no matter what the pace!