I finally got back on the running horse Wednesday night after nearly 3 weeks. We are coming up on 60 days till the 1/2 so it's crunch time. I've got a ways to go to get my endurance and pace where they need to be. As always, losing weight will help both of those.
Speaking of Weight... 339.5
I'm in the 30's! But, frankly, I am quite shocked that I'm down 1.5 from last week. But, anything in the right direction is, well, in the right direction. My current short term goal is to be in the 20's by Thanksgiving. Lofty? Yes. But doable.
The Last Week...
I said I was shocked about my weight. I was shocked because of how everything has gone since my last T&T post last Friday. Over the weekend, I was in a bad place mentally. In some ways, I felt like I went back in time about 2 months. And, frankly, it about scared me to death. Which, in a way, is/was a good thing. With the bad mental funk comes weakness in other areas. First of which was no running/exercising until Wednesday. Second, was the eating. Have I said that I really don't like Halloween? I really don't like having that much garbage in my house, especially when I'm "weak". So, the whole week, there have been spurts of self control and weakness. So, in the end, to have the week I had, I am actually really encouraged by where I am today. To get (if only) 1 run in and make progress on the weight front shows that no matter what happens to you, it is still up to you to choose how that will effect you.
Along those lines, I have a thought I want to try to put to words. I have had times in my life (especially the last few years) where I've really struggled with stress. When my shoulders and neck start hurting and I'm always tense, it's time to look at what's going on. But, lately I've adopted a new philosophy about stress. Stress is not what you feel. It is not the outside forces pulling you in every direction. It is simply the reaction of your body to how you choose to react to the "stressors" in your life. In other words, how we choose to react to any given situation will directly determine the amount of stress we "feel" later. So, if you live a high stress life, it's up to you to do something about it. The next time someone cuts you off in traffic, the choice is yours, become a road rage statistic or let it go. Oh, one other thing; learning to use the word "NO" does wonders as well.
Ok, enough of the philosophic stuff, on to today's lunch.
Yep, you guessed it, Earth Fare salad/food bar.
Salad Bar: Romaine lettuce; Green Bell Peppers; Yellow Bell Peppers; Red Bell Peppers; Orange Bell Peppers; Cucumbers; Celery; Shredded Cheddar Cheese; Shredded Mozzarella Cheese; Parmesan Cheese; Roasted Red Pepper Dressing
Food Bar: Vegan Tofu Steaks & Cajun Sage Gravy; Almond-Crusted Lemon Pepper Catfish; Fancy Mac n Cheese
Drink: Tazo Organic Iced Green Tea; Water
I am glad you recognize the need to get the endurance and pace up...I am also glad you realize that you need to do it smartly and gradually so you don't end up injured.
Good news on the weight loss. Every little bit helps and you're going the right direction!
Self control tends to be a big weakness for me, as does stress. I've really let this last couple of weeks' stress take me over and dictate my actions - stupid, but something that's hard for me to change too. At least you recognize it and can work on it.
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