They say, “To everything there is a season,” and I feel like my season of struggle is FINALLY coming to an end! Starting my day at 3 pm is officially AWESOME! I made cookies Friday night and stuffed myself until 3 pm Saturday. Then I stopped. I started a new day, with new choices. I ate 3200 calories on “Saturday” (3 pm Fri-3 pm Sat), but Sunday, I was back to a very reasonable 1491. I’m on track to have a great Monday, too. And the best part is that it’s back to feeling comfortable. I don’t feel like I’m having to grit my teeth and struggle through each day, trying desperately to work up enough will-power to fight off the food that’s calling out to me. Instead, I feel powerful and in control!
I feel like my running is going REALLY well right now. I’m just focusing on strengthening my base. I won’t start training for the Louisville Mini Marathon until the first of the year, but I’m still working toward my 950 mile goal for 2016. I’m consistently running 18-20 miles each week, with an 8 mile long run either Sat or Sun. It’s enough for me to really feel like I’m keeping in good shape, but not so much that it feels like a chore that I HAVE to do. I still feel like I GET to run. Since my distance is consistent week-to-week, I have fun running slower or faster depending on how I feel (or how short I am on time). I was in a hurry today, and ended up with a new 5k PR!
On Facebook, one of my cousins liked the picture from my first 5K (Sept 2015). I haven’t looked at that picture in a very long time, and oh boy – I was FAT! I decided to pull up the picture from this year’s half marathon (same weekend, but 2016). I thought it’d be cool to see the pictures side-by-side. This led me to think about my progress pictures in general. All them stored on my computer were lost in the series of computer crashes back in August, so I looked at my blog and realized that I haven’t taken a progress picture since JULY!!! OOOPS!
Of course, I really don’t think there’s been a huge change, but I do like taking the photos. Sometimes they show me progress that may not be super visible on the scale, and they show me things, that I just can’t see in the mirror. Seriously, when I look in the mirror, I really don’t see much difference between 230 lbs and 155 lbs!
I had to work a bit of computer magic – cutting, pasting, snipping, downloading, cropping, etc. to rebuild my progress photos, but I got it! I also set up the 5K to HM side-by-side picture!
Oh yeah, and I did my 6 yoga poses plus my shoulder stand again today!