I had an appointment first thing this morning to drop our car off for its annual inspection. Our repair shop is only a mile from home, and since Zak was off today (and all week for the holidays!) I was able to leave him home with the kiddos while I drove the car to the shop. I had a neighbor offer to follow me there and drive me home, but at the last minute I decided to use the opportunity for some early morning exercise and run home instead.
I can’t believe I’m writing about weight loss the day after Thanksgiving. I am still full.
Last week, after hanging out in the upper 130’s for 4 days straight, I woke up on Saturday morning feeling very ready to be done with all of this. I was plain old tired of trying to lose weight and felt ready for a break.
A couple of days ago I went for my first run in a long, LONG time. The log from my Garmin tells me my last run was in early January, so that means it’s been nearly 7 months since I’ve done much more than walk for exercise.
Overall, it went well! I was able to run for about 3/4 of a mile before it started to feel uncomfortable. I pushed myself to get to the one mile mark before slowing to a walk. I then walked/ran the next two miles before returning home.
This is the time of year that can be the most challenging when it comes to finding the motivation to exercise.
It’s cold. It’s dreary. Your bike is in the river.
(That’s not my bike, but you get what I’m saying.)
Here’s a little ditty that has nothing to do with bike riding, unless you like to ride for exercise in the winter. Then this can have everything to do with bike riding.
My energy is returning, the second trimester is nearly upon us here! I almost feel like I’m starting to recognize myself again, larger waist circumference notwithstanding.
I’ve spent every spare moment of the last two days catching up on some long overdue housework. I forgot how good my stairs look without a nest of dust bunnies in every corner. All the finger smears and toothpaste splatters have been wiped from the mirrors. The laundry is caught up, the floors have been mopped and I finally sucked the giant cob web out of the corner of our entry way (with the vacuum, people) that I’ve been staring at for weeks.
A Grilled Cheese and Pickle sandwich.
Real butter, sesame Ezekiel bread, Swiss cheese and a sliced Claussen dill pickle. Soooo good.
And yes, that pickle totally counts as my vegetable.
Most vegetables are completely unappealing to me right now. I expect that these odd food aversions I’m having will pass in the coming weeks, but for the time being, I’m doing my best with pickles and a lot of fruit.
(Not at the same time, but now I’m thinking…)
So I hurt my wrist.
I’m not even sure how I did it. I think it’s keyboard/ergonomics related, so I’ve changed some things up on my desk, but the pain went from “niggly” to “bad” to “awful” in a matter of days. Dr. Google suggested a wrist brace and it’s helping! The real doctor today said the same thing about the brace, but didn’t agree with my self diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome.
I’m trying to make peace with the fact that early morning outdoor exercise is soon to be a relegated to the weekends.
For the first time since early spring I busted out the pink hat (you know, the hat I knit myself) and gloves for a morning walk/run today. More walking than running this morning, sometimes it nice to simply walk.
It’s also nice (and necessary) to remember that no matter how freezing it is out there, you DO warm up once you get moving! If anything, the cold is motivation to pick up the pace in the beginning. Knowing how good that early morning air and sunshine will feel on your skin is enough to make it worth it to drag myself out from under the covers.
Our day started in the car where we enjoyed breakfast in the form of pumpkin oats and lunch in the form of hummus, veggies,
pita chips and my favorite portable protein; hard boiled eggs.
Five hours later, we finally made it to Zombie Land
in time for our 4 o’clock wave start.
We decided we were all fast enough to be Entrees. (vs. Fast appetizers or Slow desserts.)