Friday, August 8, 2008

Back in the Saddle Again

After a two-day hiatus from good eating habits, I am back in business. And it's not even an effort because eating junk makes me feel so junky! C. experienced this, too, so we're both on the same page. That's always a good thing. I don't feel guilty about what I ate, and I am not too terribly frustrated about the few extra pounds I put on as a result. As always, this is a process and a journey that sometimes goes off the planned course, and it's OK, as long as I find my way back to the main road in short order. :)

One thing I did do that I am proud of was stick to my running program this week. It was really interesting to me that there is a direct correlation between what I eat and how I perform; it became so obvious yesterday on my short run for the week. It was just 1.5 miles, but it was rough and I did walk here and there. I just felt like I could keel over the whole time, and I know it was because of what I put in my body the day before. It was a magnificent revelation. Today on my walk, same thing. When I woke up I felt practically hungover and the last thing I wanted to do was get my gear on and exercise. But, I did it anyway and got in a good 40-minute, 2 mile walk that was made even nicer than usual by the light drizzle and cooler temperatures... my favorite weather to run or walk in, especially in my neighborhood where there are so many trees that shield you from getting totally soaked in the rain. Just lovely, as always.

And you know? For as much as I didn't want to do it, I really needed to at the same time. It felt really good once I was out. It is this experience that keeps me going each week, even on days when it would be easier to sleep in. I know that I am going to feel better if I stick to my regimen. I love having a program to adhere to for many reasons, one of which is that no matter what else happens during that week, I have that to look back on and feel proud of -- I'm still doing something good for myself. I am honoring my body by helping to make it stronger and capable. Everything else just flies out the window. It's a great sense of accomplishment that I cherish so much, that makes it possible to do everything else I need to.

In short, I am really looking forward to some clean eating today and really getting back on track.


Cammy said...

Making that shift in thinking of food as fuel is huge and will serve you well in the long run. (hee-hee, I said 'the long run' and you're a runner.)

Good for you for sticking with the running, even when the other sideof the equation took a mini-break. :)

Roxie said...

Good job.