It’s already the half-way point of July and it’s been a great summer so far. I’ve definitely kept busy but in a good and happy way. First off though, I am sad to report I am very behind on my 100 miles goal for July. But, I’m still running hard to get in as many miles as I can. I was probably a little too ambitious, but even if I don’t reach 100 miles, I’m running a few times a week and that’s all that matters.
I hope everyone had a Happy Fourth of July a couple weeks ago. I celebrated the day by running my second 5K. I was not nearly as nervous as my first one, so that took the pressure off a lot. I planned to run with Tammy and we were going to do our usual intervals. We started with a 1 minute run, 1.5 minute walk and didn’t bother looking at any timers or clocks or anything. Just went where our feet took us. At the half-way point they had a water station and we took an extra walking break so by the time we were running again we had switched intervals. We were now running 1.5 minutes, walking 1 minute. I asked Tammy if she wanted to continue and she was up for the challenge so we kept going on the new interval. In the last stretch we were feeling tired but we still had a lot of strength in us to keep going. We finished strong with a final sprint to the end.
My next goal is the 10K on Thanksgiving Day. I need to create some kind of running plan so I can slowly but effectively build up to that distance. A few weeks before the 10K though I will be running another 5K and my dream is to run a sub-30 minute 5K, but the closer it gets, I’ll see if that will become a reality. I’m also excited because the 5K is going to be the Biggest Loser Run/Walk at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. It gives me an excuse to enjoy a day at Six Flags.
Today has been a good day for me! The last few weeks I’ve been pretty stuck in a rut with my weigh ins. I’ve lost and gained the same two pounds for weeks now! Well, this week when I stepped on the scale I was pleasantly surprised to see a massive dip in my weight. I always weigh myself first thing in the morning just to make sure I haven’t gone off the rails, so I knew it would be a good week to weigh in. It was the best week! I FINALLY reached my 10% goal at Weight Watchers!! I have lost a total of 24 lbs since the beginning of the year! And I like to remind myself that doesn’t include the 7 lbs or so that I lost prior to joining Weight Watchers. So my total at this point is over 30 lbs lost!! You know, it’s not easy and it’s not always fun, but as long as I keep putting in 100% I will see progress.
I’ve got a pretty solid routine right now with bootcamp training three times a week and running twice a week. I know there is always more I could be doing, but I look at it this way, I’m doing a lot more than I was a year ago. I’m moving in the right direction and that’s all that matters. I’m a little nervous about the next few weeks because starting Friday I will be on vacation through the end of the month. I’m going to try to make it to weigh in once a week with Weight Watchers, but other than that I won’t really be keeping tabs on my progress. I won’t be going to my bootcamp classes so I will have to really focus on eating right and getting as much walking/running in as I can. Either way, the vacation will be nice.
Since I won’t be around next weekend or for the next two weeks after that, I probably won’t write another post until August. I have a lot of momentum right now to keep working hard. I’m truly loving this summer because for the first time I feel like I honestly love myself. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished so far this year and I’m ready to keep this year going strong. This transformation hasn’t happened over night, and it wasn’t just a snap of the finger. There has been a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but it’s all been worth it. If you want to make a change in your life, just keep moving forward! It’s as much about the journey as the destination!
As a token to represent the love of myself that is growing within me, I want to share with you the true meaning of love.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT