Friday, July 24, 2015
So I had the day to myself today... my hubs took the kids camping overnight. (Woo hoo!) I worked a while this morning (writing); ran errands; grocery shopped... and bought a cute new outfit for the picnic we're going to tomorrow. Can I just say how FUN shopping was??? I haven't even gone down a size -- for real. I've lost 18 pounds and haven't dropped a size. (Just goes to show you how much flab I can squeeze into a stubborn size 16, right?) BUT... boy did those jean capris and little tank top look cuter on me than they ever would have two months ago. New clothes are NOT something I buy often. (One of the perks of my job is that I work mainly from home, in sweats or jeans, and the days I go into the client's I wear a uniform... so clothes aren't a big expenditure in our house.) Anyway... I'm going to start putting aside a little of my cash each week so in another 4-6 weeks (when, hopefully, I really HAVE gone down a size) I can buy something else cute. I'm working hard, and doing both the eating and the exercise as I should. It felt great to buy a "superficial" reward!
My "a-ha!" moment tonight? Well, it was a hectic afternoon running around. I ate lunch REALLY late. (Too late - like 2pm and I was HUNGRY!!) I even packed a cheese stick in my purse but that wasn't enough, really. I have to be careful about eating on time on busy days. I get distracted, or decide to do "just one more thing." So... I got home to a blessedly quiet, deserted house. And put on an episode of Sons of Anarchy. NO SPOILERS PLEASE! This show is my one guilty Netflix pleasure, and it has clearly taken me forever to get through all the seasons. I now have 3 episodes left and plan to binge watch them tonight. :)
I was thinking... "I could wait with my run till tomorrow. Technically I have a rest day left this week." Then I was thinking... "My calves are still REALLY pretty sore from hiking. Maybe it would be *smart* to wait." (Because I am a MASTER at justifying my bad behavior!!)
Then I thought: "Oooorrrrrrr... you could just get up, get out, and DO IT."
So I did. A huge revelation was that "just two miles" almost felt like, "meh, why bother, right?" That's CRAZY! Two miles was the MAX I managed to work up to this time last summer. And now it's my "easy" training day. And the other "a-ha" was that "easy training days" are just as valuable and important to my long-term success as hard ones.
I'm not just working out to burn calories. What I fuel my body with, and the eating choices I make throughout the day, are 80% of my weight loss. Being active is a HUGE boon, but it's more about the mental benefits - it keeps me on an even keel; helps with stress (which helps fight emotional eating - a HUGE thing for me); it ensures I am thirsty for my water; and it keeps me on track with my overall program. By running "just two miles" once or twice a week... I'm giving my body enough time to recover, so that once or twice a week I can TOTALLY KILL IT and go faster / farther / harder than I've gone before.
So much is clicking. And a big part of it is this: Nothing about what I'm doing is particularly hard. It doesn't have to be HARD to be effective. In fact, the more moderate and do-able I keep my program, the more progress I seem to make. Why was I making it so hard before??? I don't know... but I am really starting to better understand moderation, balance, long-term gains, partly because this is the first time I trusted the "slow" method long enough (and completely enough) to see the amazing results it brings.
A GREAT, GREAT day. Feeling proud of myself and looking forward to actually looking a teensy bit hot at tomorrow's grill out. ;)