My First Big Test.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
This past weekend I went to visit some friends in Denver. I hadn’t seen them since graduating college and I told myself that it would be okay to go easy on myself. I knew I wasn’t going to be eating the most healthy foods and I didn’t think I would get that much exercise in. And I have to say I’m totally impressed with myself. While we did eat out, I did things I never would have done two years ago. When we went out I ordered the healthiest items I could find and took home half of my meals to eat the next day. I can remember going out to eat and feeling stuffed but still cleaning my plate because I wanted to make sure I got my money’s worth. One this trip I ordered a French dip one night and not only did I take half of it back for lunch the next day but I just tossed out the fires. I knew they wouldn’t taste good the next day and also knew I didn’t need to finish them that night. While out shopping one day we got ice cream at this really cute ice cream shop that claimed to be the best ice cream ever! I couldn’t decide between two flavors and my friends convinced me to get both, but I did the unthinkable…I threw away over half of it. I started to feel full and before I could think too much about it I walked to the garbage can and tossed it in. I was so in shock with myself.
I didn’t just surprise myself with my eating habits. I really didn’t want to miss any of my scheduled runs. So I got up at 5am to run 5 miles before catching the plane to Denver. And it was probably the hardest run I have done to date. I was tired and I was staying at my parents’ house, which is surrounded by hills. But I’m really impressed with myself for sticking to my plan. I also got my friends to go hiking with me in Colorado Springs. We went to the Garden of the Gods and spent a couple of hours hiking around. It was absolutely breath taking. We had so much fun climbing up the rocks and jumping off. I even managed to get myself up Monday morning for my scheduled 4 mile run. I don’t think it went a whole four miles because I was a little worried about getting altitude sickness but I went out and did a 40 minute run at a slower pace. It felt great to know that I can stick to my new life even when on vacation. The best part was I even managed to lose a pound while gone!