The past couple of weeks have been a wild sort of ride. School is FINALLY drawing to a close. I'm so excited!! I can't wait until I don't have to go to school EVER AGAIN. Well, that's not entirely true, since I have decided to go on and get my MBA. However, I'm going to work for a least a year first. I've been going to college off and on since 2001!! Since that time there hasn't been a single year that I haven't taken a least a class or two. It's going to feel so nice to have a diploma and that undergraduate business behind me!!
Along those lines. . .
I'M ONLY 5 POUNDS AWAY FROM MY FIRST GOAL!!!!!!!
I wanted to drop as much weight as I (reasonably) could by graduation and that is 50 pounds! This morning when I stepped on the scale I was shocked to see a big ol' loss of 4 pounds!! Which is good, because I'm going to see my friends in St. Louis this weekend and there will be much fun and festivities. :) When Handsome saw me this morning, he actually said, "Oh my god! You look so skinny." :) It made me feel good because I know he notices it and appreciates how hard I'm working for this.
Also it made me feel good, because last week was not a good week in my book. After paying bills and stupidly budgeting our groceries, we had nothing left for fresh produce. Typically, at least half of our budget goes for things like fresh apples, bananas, tomatoes, peppers and veggies of all sorts. We had none of that! We didn't even have the nice lean meats that we usually get. It was horrible. Even though I was staying within my calorie range each day I felt like I was eating like a big fat hog. Which brings me to another point. . .
I've been training for the 5K as everyone who will probably read this already knows. Well, the SparkPeople thingy (yes, a technical term, I know) was yelling at me (this is what I call it when it gives me pointers) that I need to increase my calorie range for because of all the added activity. When I did it took me up to over 2,000 calories!!! OMG! I can not eat that much. . . I mean I can, but it made me feel ill all week. I was used to getting somewhere between 1,300 to 1,600. The high calorie amount combined with the no 'good' food, totally threw me off balance and I only lost a pound. I know, I know - It's still a pound! - One pound at a time - It's that much that I don't have to carry around anymore - but it made me feel like I was losing control of this battle and that I wouldn't be able to meet my graduation goal. But, I did some tinkering and now my calorie range is back in 'my zone' and I feel confident with my level of exercising. . .
However, yesterday was not a good day for my running. The last time I wrote I think I told you all how I decided just to see if I could run a mile for fun. Well, the day after that was my scheduled 5K training day, so I went ahead with my run. BUT, instead of walking 1 minute out of every 5 I decided just to run the whole 35 minutes! I made it 2.3 miles!! I was so super excited, after I realized what I'd done I started crying and laughing at the same time. I looked like a crazy person sitting on the side of the graveyard like that! My next run I did the same thing, except Handsome was riding beside me on his bike tracking my distance and mentioned that he thought I'd get 2.5 miles in. My watch dinged at 35 minutes, but I was almost to 2.5 miles, so I decided to finish at 2.5 miles. :) I was looking forward to this week. I so badly want to make it 3.1 miles. When I got sick this weekend, I took it pretty easy. Yesterday, I still felt pretty bad, but wanted to make sure I got all my runs in since it's only 2 weeks until my 5K. I only lasted for 12 minutes/.82 miles. I felt so sick and hot like I was going to vomit. I didn't even want to walk my time out. I felt like a loser. As always, Handsome convinced me that I did the best I could and suggested that I switch to morning runs. So, that's what I'm going to do tomorrow.
I'm getting up at 5am tomorrow, so I can run for 40 minutes before work. See? Now that I've told you about it, I HAVE to do it. :) Wish me luck!