Nothin but a break in my stride
Saturday, July 11, 2015
OK then. I'm old.
I heard that song the other day, and remembered how much I'd liked it as a kid. (High school? Middle school?) Today it came to mind because I had a barrier this week that... so far... hasn't stopped me.
I had a reverse root canal on Thursday. (Yuck. They cut your gum open and drill into your jaw. It's not nice or fun.) I front-loaded my exercise for the week and made sure I had healthy-ish options on hand to "eat" Thursday and Friday. (Soup, protein shake... really not much else.) Still. And really, it's not like I sprained by foot. (Which was what happened LAST July.)
Still... I worried because in the past just a couple days out of my routine could spell the beginning of a downward spiral.
Instead, I got up this morning, feeling pretty good (I'd followed doctor's orders to the letter regarding icing, etc.)... and went for a jog. Not my usual pace, and I ended up walking quite a bit (convinced that my gum stitches were going to somehow pop open... I'm a TOTAL BABY when it comes to stuff like this!!)... but still, I got back out there, I feel good and I didn't implode eating-wise.
The truth is, I am really further into making this a lifestyle (sustainable lifestyle - yay!!) than ever before. I don't feel deprived. I'm taking things slow. The scale is not going to budge this week. In fact, I may lose a bit of ground just because I haven't been drinking enough water and have been taking pain meds.
Doesn't matter. I still feel like I'm making genuine forward progress. I think maybe the biggest difference for me this time around is attitude. It's not just a journey... it's an adventure. I'm looking for FUN fitness options, outside my comfort zone. I'm enjoying food and not worrying about perfection... more about finding recipes and meals that I love so much I WANT them in my life. Cutting out processed foods (for the most part) and feeding my body what it needs and deserves feels amazing!!!! I'm way less tied to the scale or to a specific "skinny by..." timeline. Instead, I am enjoying what I'm doing, navigating roadblocks but not letting them get me down, and focusing on the positive. I jogged today. Two days after a yucky oral surgery. I didn't "reward" myself for making it through that experience with ice cream or shakes. I am feeling it today!