Good morning, y'all!
It's been an interesting week on a number of levels but especially concerning the weather. Thursday brought eight inches of snow and ice but by Sunday, the sun was shining and temperatures reached almost 50 degrees! Finally!
|We both enjoyed the sunshine!|
Matthew left on Tuesday for a 12 day trip for work. It's just been me and the pup.... and a whole lot of emotional eating. I haven't lived by myself in over seven years and I forgot that loneliness is a huge trigger for me: when I'm lonely, I eat. This usually doesn't affect me but I guess since I knew Matthew would be out of town for so long, it made me a little sad. And the cure for sadness is food, right?!
Luckily, being able to recognize this habit is the first step in changing it. I had a few rough days but once I realized why I was feeling unsettled/lonely, it was easier to turn away from emotional eating and do something else. Taking a cue from Authentically Emmie and repeating "food will not fix this" over and over helps too.
Thankfully, Matthew will be home on Saturday. I can keep it together until then :-)
Monday- Rest day
Tuesday- Rest day
Wednesday- 30 minute hill workout on the bike, strength training circuit
Thursday- 30 minutes, elliptical
Friday- Rest day
Saturday- Rest day: Volunteered at the Chambersburg Half Marathon
Sunday- 6.2 miles, 12:01 pace
6.2 total miles
Since deciding to back off on my weekly runs, my weekend run has become so much more enjoyable. Yesterday, I set out to run two to three miles. But I felt so good, that I just kept going for the full 10k distance. And I did it without music and by myself! I got so lost in the run and the beautiful weather that I was never bored or tired; it was easily one of the top five runs of my life. It was simply awesome.
I seriously have been loving my new Weight Watcher's cookbook: Easy Mains and Sides. Each meal is less than 8 PPV and takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. This week, I made beef stir-fry and potato salad- both were easy and really tasty. I also snuck in a dinner with my dad. He made these little chinese appetizers filled with shrimp and pork- so yummy. After the last few weeks of some less-than-stellar food choices, I felt much more in control this week. Meal planning and cooking at home really helps to give me the overall sense of control and confidence in my choices.
|Beef and veggie stir fry, potato salad with shallots and whole grain mustard, goodness in a wonton wrapper.|
143 as of 3/5/15
+2 from last week
-47.4 from January 2013
-59 from HW
And there it is- the gain I was expecting. It was just a few weeks late :-) As I've said many times before, gains happen. But the most important thing for me to do is not let this gain become another intentional gain. As long as I stay the course, I'll end up where I want to be- at goal weight.
What's the story behind one of your best training runs?