Feelin' Good

Monday, October 17, 2011

I am feeling good and positive for the first time in months. The weather in Texas is finally below 100 degrees (yes, in mid-October), and we just had our first rainfall in 6 months. Things are starting to feel normal again.

Sorry to keep talking about the weather, but I'll say this piece and then I'll be done: This summer was a real downer. Too hot to do much of anything, so my husband and I ended up staying in all the time. You know it's too hot when the cactuses are dead and you can't even go out to the pool because the sun is to strong on your skin. It really messed up my mood and threw off my routine. It made me homesick for the mild East-coast summers that I grew up with.

But now that things are back to normal, it's time for me to get back to normal. Within the past few weeks, something clicked, and I've felt a flood of new motivation. And I've already taken some big steps towards getting back on track. For example:

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I finally cleaned up the giant pile of clothes in my room that I've been avoiding for months. Washed everything, ironed everything. I've cleaned most of the other areas of the house, and it's always refreshing to have organized spaces. Physical cleaning always ends up cleaning out mental clutter!

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I've started running again. A few short runs here and there, mostly intervals. Last night the hubby and I ran a bout .65 miles, walked about .3, and then ran about .75 miles and did a cool-off walk.

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Last week I took lunch to work 4 out of 5 days. I made a pesto pasta salad with veggies that kept well (though I was very sick of it by day 3). I also made turkey chili. Eating out is, I think, what contributes most to my weight gain. If I can cook more at home, I know I will be healthier.

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Most exciting: I have COMPLETELY CUT OUT SODA! I feel so, so good about this. Tomorrow will be one week from my last soda. I honestly feel like this is going to be a real change for me.

I'm hoping that cutting out soda (which usually added up to anywhere between 100 and 400 extra calories a day), plus some light running and more meals at home will be enough to help me start getting my weight back down. It was *last* time. I'm just over 150 lbs now (the heaviest I've ever been). I was able to stay at 140 pretty comfortably last year while I was doing some exercise and not eating totally terribly. That's my goal- to get back there. And I'm feelin' good about it.
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