Well it’s been 2 weeks since I last blogged. Life has been crazy busy and quite stressful the last couple of weeks. Between the boys baseball schedule, Kaylee in dance, and Bryan working so much I haven’t had much time to myself let alone time to sit and blog.
I’ll start with last week’s weight loss and goals met. Well I worked really hard trying to lose those 3 lbs I set out to lose and ended up only losing 2 that week. I was slightly disappointed, but definitely happy that it was weight lost and not gained. As far as the kettlebells, I decided to give myself a break. A wise friend of mine sent me a message and gave me some great advice, to only try to beat my own time with the kettlebells for the moment. I think that is definitely a goal worth setting. I decided to take a break and not do them at all, regroup, and in a couple of weeks start again.
Now for this week’s weight loss and goals met. This week I decided not to set a weekly weight loss goal and just work really hard, and it paid off, I ended up losing 3 lbs this week! I guess I taking the pressure off myself did the trick. To date I have lost a total of 27 lbs! I am still working toward getting those 90 miles in this month, but not sure if I will meet that goal. I have ran/walked 25 miles since I set that goal.
Speaking of running, today I accomplished something I haven’t done since high school, I ran one mile without stopping. Some may think that is easy and no big deal, but for me it’s a huge deal! You see, I have never really been a runner. I was never fast and could never run far without feeling like I would pass out at any moment. I played volleyball in high school, but during off season there would be days we had to go to the track and run. I dreaded those days. Even back then I struggled to run one lap around the track. The funny thing is I have always wanted to be able to run long distances with no problem. The last few months I’ve slowly been building my endurance on the track at the gym, running a lap, walking a lap, running a lap, etc, until I would run a full mile and walk a full mile. It started off rocky too. After the first week I started having horrible shin splints, so bad I limped off the track in tears. They didn’t heal completely for over a month. Every time I would try to run thinking I had given them enough time, they would hurt again. So I took a good break from it, did a little research, and started again a few weeks ago, with no shin splints at all! So back to today. I had no intention of running even 2 laps back to back. I actually decided to keep running as I finished the first lap. After running 2 laps, I thought, why not try for all 4 laps to make a mile. When I finished I was ecstatic, I couldn’t believe I ran a mile non stop and didn’t feel like I would pass out! I went back in the gym and jump roped for a bit, then went back outside to walk the last 2 miles. As I was walking the first lap, I thought, I’m really not that worn out yet, I’m going to run that last mile, and guess what…I did! I ran another mile non stop, twice in one day! Now I’m really happy! I couldn’t wait to call Bryan and tell him. He is by far my biggest supporter and encourager through all of this. 🙂
Running also is an awesome stress reliever. The last 2 weeks when I have felt really stressed I have craved running instead of wanting to eat something. Now that is definitely a new one for me! lol I think I may have a slight addiction for it. I just love it! I never thought those words would ever be spoken by me! lol
Another thing I am currently obsessed with is roasted red pepper hummus. I eat it with 10 baby carrots at least once a day. It’s sooooooo good! Speaking of food, my cravings for sweets and unhealthy foods is almost non-existent. I am actually craving raw veggies and fruit now, and I am loving that feeling!
Interesting fact: last week when I lost only 2 lbs it didn’t occur to me until later that day that I ended up at the same exact weight I was when I started with my trainer 2 years ago. I don’t believe that to be a coincidence. I started comparing then to now and my how things are different. 2 years ago I was in horrible shape physically and emotionally. Saying the year before that was rough would be a complete understatement. My ex was giving us all kinds of problems regarding our son and then Hurricane Ike hit and flooded our entire town. I was not in a good place in my life and was extremely unhealthy. Today things have calmed (for now) with the ex, and I am in much better shape physically and emotionally. I have a more optimistic and realistic approach this time in regards to weight loss and I’m much much stronger emotionally. I feel better, have more energy, and I’m in much better shape than I was at the same weight 2 years ago. That last fact alone makes me really excited to see how I look when I finally do meet my goal. There is no stopping me this time!