Day 8 – Sayonara 300 Pounds!

Today has been a roller-coaster!  I was super stoked that I had lost at this morning’s weigh in – 297.4.  I am officially out of the 300’s!  So the morning obviously started off with a bang.  I had a very productive day at work, albeit a bit boring.  All in all it was a pretty awesome Tuesday, which I’m not used to because I hate Tuesday.

Then I got home.  At first I felt fine, but after I sat for a while I felt a random sense of melancholy wash over me.  I sat there, feeling like everything that I was doing was never going to be enough.  I was always going to be big and there was nothing I could do about it.  Before I knew it I was lashing out at Cliff (luckily I”m married to the most amazing man I’ve ever met so he comforted me rather than snapping back) and balled up on the couch crying.

All this on a day when I LOST weight!

Sometimes I have no idea what I would do without my husband.  Instead of letting me give in and wallow in my self pity, he spent the next 15 minutes reminding me of all the awesome things I had done in the past month.  Going geocaching once a week, exercising 3-5 times a week, hitting my 30 day mark on MFP, and losing almost 8 pounds.  He reminded me that we are a team and we’re winning.  Every single day that we make smart choices we improve our odds of having more time together in the future.  Every day that we exercise we get closer to fending off heart disease and Diabetes.

So instead of indulging in a large blizzard, I put on the headphones, went to the shed, and took out the lawn mower.  Now, not only do I feel 1,000 times better (but very, very, very sore) but my lawn looks great.  I push mowed the front, back, and sides without stopping for the first time.  The total on my pedometer was 2.26 miles.

And I must have said five times today, “I’m not working out, I’m taking a break.”

Today was the first time that I can recall that I’ve ever chosen physical activity to alleviate my emotional “turmoil.”  Hopefully I will be able to look back on today and remind myself of that for future outbursts.  It’s becoming increasingly easier to actually look forward to working out now that I have goals that I want to hit.  Tonight I think I’m going to outline a few and see how it goes:

    • Complete a 2 mile hiking trail before the end of the year
    • Finish C25K on the elliptical
    • Incorporate weight training 1-2 x week before the end of the year
    • Do a Zumba dance without stopping

 

That’s a pretty good start.
And now a picture of my pouty face when I realized that I had forgotten to ask Cliff to take a picture of me mowing the yard.
Can’t wait until those hamhocks are gone.  (Yeah, yeah I know.  I need to work on my self image too)
“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”
Victor Kiam 

 

Day 7 – What am I gonna do with all this awesome?!

If every single day could be like today I wouldn’t know what to do with all that awesome.

My energy level was through the roof!  We walked our mile at work, plus I started my second week of C25K v2.0 and I cooked a huge dinner for Cliff and his band-mate, Ben.

I even twirled around the kitchen while I was cooking.  Yes, I said twirled.

Cliff and Ben were working on putting the studio together (the hubby’s graduation gift was turning the basement into a recording studio) so I turned my headphones on full blast and danced around the kitchen while everything was cooking.

Now I feel like I could sleep for a week.

I’m super excited to go to bed for a change.  I haven’t been tossing and turning much lately. I sleep the whole night through (mostly).  It’s a really nice change of pace.

With that I leave you with today’s picture.  My pathetic attempt at being a rock star on Cliff’s drum set.

“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
Jim Rohn 

Day 6 – New Shoe Day!

I got new shoes today!  It was far past time to say goodbye to my 3 year old Asics.  The new ones are Saucony Hurricanes and I love them!  They’re unbelievably comfortable (AND adorable).

This weekend was pretty busy with relatives in town and an hour long drive to Bardstown to look at furniture.

While we were out today, I stopped by to get a sweatband at Fleet Feet.  I have pretty bad rosacia and since I’m actually working up a sweat these days, it was time to invest in a way to keep my face from feeling like someone gave me a hundred paper cuts and then poured salt on them.

A headband turned into a headband, new running shoes, and pretty pink shoelaces.

I was so motivated by all the cuteness that I immediately came home and worked out.

I start my second week in C25K: The Elliptical Edition on Tuesday.  The thought if running for 90 seconds is terrifying.

However, it is comforting to know that one day I will look back at this post and laugh.  One day I will have run a 5K and maybe even a half marathon.  90 seconds is already the second rung on the ladder.  I’m already past the beginning and that’s half the battle.

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”
Thomas Jefferson 

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