Thursday, September 4, 2008

Back to Active

This week has gone pretty well, though definitely more so on the exercise front. Yesterday I got in a nice 2 mile walk at about an 18:30 pace, and today I did a 1.5 mile run at a 16:40 pace! Nice! Coincidentally, today's run was an exact copy of the last run I did before my "Basil Hiatus" a few weeks ago: Same time starting and finishing, same distance, same route. I was pretty shocked to see that, how funny! It was also pretty awesome that I was able to get back to where I left off so quickly. I'm going to be sure to incorporate week-long breaks from running every couple months, I think. I can just picture all those muscles renewing themselves and becoming stronger, like on a CSI episode or something...

My runs are still never easy, though. Make no mistake. It was a struggle to get out of bed this morning and I kept having negative thoughts cycling through my head ("I can't possibly run 1.5 miles today," etc.), but I knew if I didn't get up and out there I would really regret it for the rest of the day, and who wants that hanging over her head? Not me. As usual, I kept telling myself to just try to make it to the end of the next segment (usually a block or at an intersection), and that I could always walk if I wanted to... at one point after the halfway mark I almost did walk a bit, but resisted and pushed through. Of course after that, things got better.

But yeah, it's never easy. I think that is part of the reason why I favor running over walking.

My eating continues to be so-so, not great. Still mindful but not always making the best decisions, yet trying to make up for indiscretions with subsequent meals, keeping up exercise. Whatever I can do NOT to revert back to the old way of living. This week marks eight months of my project and I am not letting up, the longest I have ever stuck with something like this, ever. I am proud of that.

Keep on keeping on, one day, one meal at a time.

4 comments:

Cammy said...

I'm proud you've stuck with it this long, too! You're doing great, especially with your exercise, and I know you've got great things in your future!

KK said...

Great job on getting out there and running! 90% of the battle is just showing up! Keep it up! You CAN do it!

Lisa aka water_nymph said...

your tenacity inspires me!!!! everytime i dont feel like going for my very short, not even close to a run, walk i will read this post and get my arse out there!!!

way to go!!!

Michelle said...

I am proud of that too! It's about sticking with it and I think you know that better than anyone. Great job getting yourself out of bed. I know how hard that can be!!