Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A smile or a grimace

Ok I know I'm a sick pup.....but I saw something on my run this morning that made me stop and think.

Yes I stopped running and took a picture....
 

Why yes it's a dead animal.  And seriously....it was either smiling in death...or grimacing.    Ok maybe that's just its normal face.  But it made me think about running.   When I see someone do I smile at them or is it really a grimace???

This morning my first half mile was rough and it definitely would have been a grimace.....I was breathing heavy from the get go.  I kept pushing through it though.   And by the mile mark I had settle down into a more controlled breathing.  And then as I crossed a street I saw someone walking one block over!   In my set route  I had one more block and then I would turn to run a block and cross over the intersection that the person was heading toward.  I made it my goal to run the two blocks and get to that corner before that person walked their one block.    So I started doing intervals.....sprint then jog...sprint then jog...sprint then jog. From point to point.  And as I neared that corner I saw that was going to make it!!!!   And then that bee-otch started to run!    I kid you not....they ran to that corner and got there a few feet ahead of me!!!!  Really?????     

I didn't stop the fartleks though...I did them the whole way through that mile of running.  (In the interest of full disclosure I will admit that two of my intervals were a few seconds of walking!).   My second mile was almost 2 minutes faster than my first mile.    Wow!!!!

So yeah...apparently I've been really bad about pushing myself to do the speed intervals...and I know I need to do it to increase my overall speed.   I guess trying to beat that person to the corner (me two blocks and they only one) was a good thing because it sparked me to push myself.   But yeah....they are still a bee-otch!!!


So on to the nitty gritty of this blog...it is a weight loss blog after all.   Today was weigh in day.   And I'm down two pounds.   Back to where I consistently sat for the last year....now to drive the weight lower!!!!  

I know I've said this a gagillion times...but I'm ready.   I'm ready to lose this weight once and for all!   I know it will mean restricting certain foods...eliminating others. But seriously...I can do this!   I've managed to mostly maintain my weight the last however many months.  Other than the last two or three really high weight weeks I have managed to maintain within a four pound radius for a good solid 8 months or longer.   I'm not looking for perfection.   I know there will be pizza on Saturday nights (we are creatures of habit and it's our Saturday night staple). And that usually gives us leftovers for Monday...and on occasional other days because pizza is awesome.  And I know that here maybe fries....or chips and whatever.  I'm ready to find that happy medium.  That happy medium where I can be a 'normal person'.  Because you see...while I know that this is a life time commitment...I also know that eating dry lettuce every day for lunch for the rest of my life is not feasible and sustainable lifestyle for me.  I am committed to finding that happy medium where I can have pizza on occasion (yes weekly) and still lose weight.  I have been eating about 1800 calories....with no conscious restricting on my part.   The weeks I ate 2000 or more I gained weight.   So my caloric restriction will not have to be a lot....so I think that I CAN find the happy medium!    And yes...that might mean that the weekend 'pizza date' might be a 'cheat meal!




7 comments:

Desiree' 2.0 said...

You got this! And you are absolutely right. It's not about restricting. It's about maintaining with something you can do in the log run. Enjoy those meals, just don't overdo it. And portion control, portion control, portion control!

Sarah said...

Congrats on the loss! Hopefully soon I will see that breakthrough.

I tried cutting carbs but that is really hard for me. I'm still searching for that "just right" combination of diet and exercise. But at least I'm maintaining.

Great job with the run!

Seaside Dreams said...

You will find a happy medium and Congrats on the loss that is wonderful.

Happy mama said...

Way to go!! I have been reading your older blogs, really inspiring. Motivated to continue, I know am not alone.

Cathy said...

So this isn't really related to your fartleks but you made me think about it when you called the person a bee-otch. During my half marathon there was a girl in front of me that ran slower on the uphills than I did but faster on the downhills where she'd gain on me. Well, after about half the race (maybe less) I was catching up to her and on the uphills I would start to pass her. She'd see me (I'd literally be in the middle of the road because the shoulders were so narrow) and she'd speed up and not let me pass her. Then we'd go downhill and she'd get farther ahead of me. This happened at least 3 times, I want to say more, but I don't remember. I was sooooo annoyed with her, I knew she was doing it on purpose because she hadn't been speeding up on the uphills until I started to pass her (I wasn't speeding up, just running faster than she was). Anyway, I finally passed her at one point and then on the downhill she started to pass me again (normally I would have been fine with that, but she had pissed me off) so I started to speed up to not let her pass me . . . and a car started coming at us. I actually thought "I hope she gets hit." What a horrible thought for me, but I was really annoyed with her. Anyway, she ended up passing me again at one point, but on the really, really long hill that I had been scared of, I passed her and lost her. Didn't see her again until the finish line (where I was before her). :-) Anyway, that's my really long story of the bee-otch that wouldn't let me pass her.

TheAgonyOfBeingFat said...

Omg! I can't believe that other person started jogging before you got to the corner. The way you told it made me LOL though:)

You got this, girl.

jen said...

Cograts on the loss....

You have got this !!!