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Today's Kick in the Butt

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I just woke up not too long ago. My back has a mild ache. Partly because I need to see the chiropractor. Partly because of how hard I've been working out lately. Partly because I think the mattress just causes me to ache some mornings.

Today I'm on the volunteer phone lines. I can't run - I won't be able to hear my cell phone. But that's okay. I really pushed yesterday. I need a rest day from running. But I don't want a rest day from all fitness.

The scale is moving. I know it's moved in the past, but there are those blocks we all tend to have. For me, it was to get that scale to read below 230lbs. It finally has. Yesterday was the first time. Today it did it again. It's exciting.

I know the number on the scale is not EVERYTHING, but it is a major indicator. Unfortunately it does not change like it used to. It feels like I have to work 3x harder to get that number to budge. It used to budge with some nudging from me. Not anymore. I wonder if that's because my diet is so much cleaner than it was years ago. I used to have some play in what I ate. I could cut out/back on breads, processed foods, sugars, etc. Not so much anymore. Yes, there is still some I could cut out, but that would be it. Cut it out completely.

Even stepping up my running alone did not help move the numbers on the scale. They have really started moving when I found other activities to add to my running. Swimming. Gardening. Bike riding. Mostly swimming though. My kids are keeping me very VERY busy in the pool most days. Some days it's just floating around with the little ones. But the older ones really enjoy playing in the water. It's great. I'm slowly re-learning how to swim again.

So today is a day off of running. Any fitness I do I need to have my cell phone so I can hear it, and I need my handbook and notebook very close, in case the phone rings. No problem. Hubby and I have decided to go for a bike ride. I can have my books on the bag on the back. I can have my earpiece on for my phone. If it rings, I'll have to stop right there and take a call, but it's worth it to get out and get moving.

Lately I'm feeling much more like an athlete in training. I'm feeling the muscle soreness. I'm focused on fueling rather than feeding. And I feel like I'm making progress. The next race is September 8. At the rate I'm loosing weight, I need to keep going until November to reach my goals.

I hate to admit it, but I'm scared that if I don't have a race to train for, I might stop my training and in turn stop my weight loss. Maybe it's time for me to sign up for another race for later in this year.
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    Just finished my 5K on the weekend and yesterday and today I've been struggling with "now what?" I'm signing up for a race in Sept and maybe one at the end of August.

    And I've got these friends who want to do a half next fall, but that's just too far away to really sit in my mind as a goal, you know? But I know what you mean, without a race, it's less motivating.
    1727 days ago
    Races keep me motivated too! That and joining the running club and having a group to run with!

    I have a race in August, October, might sign up for one in December then they are pretty much done until Spring. Winter running will be a challenge here in Nova Scotia!

    Great work on getting in a bike ride!! Way to improvise, cycling is one of the best cross training exercises for runners. Easy on your joints but works your legs!!

    1727 days ago
    1728 days ago
    emoticon emoticon for the scale bump!! emoticon emoticon
    1728 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/28/2013 2:16:35 PM
  • TONYAB2000
    I, too, do better when I have something I'm working for! If that's what keeps you motivated, then do it. I am just starting out at running but I love it and I love the way I feel. I'm working toward a 5K. Right now I have my sights set on March but there is one in November that I'm thinking of signing up for just so I will be motivated to amp up my training! I love the pics you posted and you have a great attitude! Keep up the good work. emoticon
    1728 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Nice blog. Have an amazing day.
    1728 days ago
  • KARENE10
    Good Blog! Love your motivational pics:) I think that you should sign up for another race...whatever works is the way to go emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1728 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    If having a race to train for really helps you, then sign up for another one. You're doing so well and you want to keep it up.

    A bike ride sounds like a lot of fun. I wish there were places here to do that, but pretty much it's narrow residential streets, dirt roads and highways. The highways are just too dangerous, and the residential and dirt roads have their own dangers. People tend to expect to have the dirt roads to themselves and drive faster than they should and don't watch as closely. Residential streets have a lot of traffic and stop & go type situations. For just myself it would be ok, but my little guy is still learning and really needs wide open spaces to ride in. I hope you guys enjoy your ride, and hopefully no-one will need your help during the ride.
    1728 days ago
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