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Message to my BRAIN

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I am making progress and I know it but somehow my brain wants to trick me by "shouting" ... well ...negative talk. So BRAIN, here is what I want to tell you:

At the beginning of the week, Monday, I had a HM to run as per my training plan. After last week (no running), I was having serious doubts about my ability to do the training required to compete for the Nationals...I heard you-BRAIN, telling me:

"This is hard"... "I have a cramp and my stomach is upset" (well it was - I had to find an emergency potty! )... "Maybe I should just postponed it for a few days" ... "I am slow"... - I even post an update status with this quote ...

So let me tell you, BRAIN, that I am two month away from my race day so I have plenty of time. Training is not a race! I ran 21.1km outside and ... I DID IT! emoticon

The picture of the day (March picture challenge): Sparkle

My toes! Something wrong? (my little toes are touching!) ... of course not - it is a nice stretch after working hard!

Yesterday was a rest day. BRAIN - I need to rest! I worked hard and rest is GOOD.
I need some sleep... I am making progress - my average is 5h13 min ...

I just noticed that my picture "Dream" was not on my last blog! Voila! My grand-parents and my mom (that is an old picture but it brings back good memories!)

Picture of the day: clock...

I received this picture from Emma - I like her screen saver! I am excited - I will have a day trip/night over in Ottawa just her and I this Friday. This will be a nice treat! I can't believe that she is in College - we will go visit the University of Ottawa where she is thinking of continuing her nursing program. She is working hard and I know I said this before, but I am proud of her (I write it again because I know she reads my blogs and she needs to work on positive self-talk too!!! emoticon )
Her second picture of the day -

Today, as I stepped on the treadmill after work. I don't like training late afternoon. I wanted to quit after 200 meters. I stopped and stretch my right ankles, walked for 2 min and decided to give it another try. My first 3k were slow and painful. I felt heavy. You were sending me cues to quit - again - but I had my training plan and the bigger picture in mind. I was going to push it at least until 5k. Then, at 5k, I felt some energy... so I increased my speed and completed my 8k run as per my training plan... Not only that, I did my last 3k at a much faster pace that I would normally go! I guess, BRAIN, you were wrong. 8k was not too much.

One more thing BRAIN - it is OK to be over the calorie range. I am making good choices - for the most part - tonight was a date dinner with my hubby and we had wings... and fries

I tracked it all and a calorie differential of +180 calorie is not bad... Considering that after my HM training Monday I was at -900 calories for the day. I love having special time out just for the 2 of us... That is a reward!!! - remember a few weeks ago I was looking for ways to reward myself, well, there you go!

Bonus point - I was very tempted to binge tonight. Like I did not eat enough (sarcastic!) - I was not hungry, at all... I think because I felt like I ate too much, my BRAIN was telling me to loose control: "Have an English muffin with peanut butter..." what about cookies?" ... "or chocolate? - you have some hidden "...
I said this: NO! I tracked and here I am telling my BRAIN - I don't need that food. I am feeling pretty good because I have not binge (like a real binge, I am not talking about a few extra cal because of a special dinner - I am talking about eating more than 3000 calories in 25 min!) and getting busy with other things allowed for the urge to fade away.

So one more day of work ... I am ready for the weekend with my Emma... and Maggie will be coming back. I think she is having a good time, here is a picture she posted yesterday:

(with her girlfriend cosplaying!)
A few more days before Spring ... I will keep my big goals in mind... I can do this!

P.S. Success is not always a Personal Best, a number on the scale or my fitbit.... I know I am making progress, just because overall I can say " I am STRONG" and I believe it when I say so (Note: 3 weeks ago I was saying "I feel fragile". That is a significant difference - not proven scientifically with statistical data to support it but I know I am 100% Correct! )

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GABIBEAR 3/26/2014 12:13AM

    emoticon emoticon Great messages back to your brain!!!! Have a wonderful time with Emma on your trip to Ottawa!!

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SEATTLESIMS 3/13/2014 1:12PM

    Great message to the brain! stick with it! and enjoy your day with your girl! I'm trying to keep in mind.. my little mantra.. slow and steady finishes the race! ;)

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ARUNNINGKAT 3/13/2014 12:15PM

    Love this blog! It really is a mental battle this whole eating and exercising thing. We fight and win in our minds really...all the other things are just a result of what happens in our minds.

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CRYSBROWN1 3/13/2014 11:55AM

    Love your thoughts in your P.S. tell your brain to get with the program! You are going to dominate!

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NATPLUMMER 3/13/2014 10:48AM

Btw...I love that polish on your toenails :-)

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BEFIT016 3/13/2014 9:04AM

    That's right--show your brain who is in charge! emoticon
Enjoy your trip!

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POSITIVE41 3/13/2014 6:13AM

    Sometimes you have to show your brain who the boss is! ;)
Great job on sticking with your training plan this week.

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_BACK2BASICS_ 3/13/2014 12:02AM

    You are a strong woman and the positive pep talk vs the negative self talk can make all the difference in how your day/work outs go. emoticon and enjoy the time with your DD.

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RORYLYONS 3/12/2014 11:56PM

    emoticon Way to go girl...Enjoy your trip with Emma.... emoticon emoticon

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