My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

Today Was Better & It Kinda Disturbs Me


“Ask yourself: ‘Can I give more?’. The answer is usually: ‘Yes’.”
-Paul Tergat, Kenyan professional marathoner (Running Quotes)

My feet while walking in the park.

I may have used this one before, but it’s the most apropos photo I have & I couldn’t find anything online I like & feel comfortable using.  Those are my feet in my shoes at the park.  Pretty much what I looked like today, except I wore gray sweatpants today.

Today was a better day.  So why does that disturb me you are probably wondering?  Because I lost 3.2 pounds last night at Weight Watchers.  That’s more than enough to cover what I had gained over the last two weeks, so I feel confident last week’s gain was a result of fluid or something like that from having been extra active that week.  What disturbs me about it is I don’t like the idea my mood over the last week was so influenced by my weigh-in.  Of course that wasn’t all it was.  Moods & emotions are too complex for that.  Today was all sunshine & rainbows.  Not to mention I had a free waffle coupon for my birthday I traded in today.  Nummy!

I’m still very upset over the situation in the nation & world today, but I went for my waffle, to the store for bananas, cruised the sporting goods store just to see what they have, went for a walk/jog in the park, & then actually did some work around the house.  Mostly just taking out the trash & doing dishes, but that’s more than I’ve done the other days this week.  So, all in all a better day than I’ve had in the last week.  But I never considered quitting, which is another plus.  Normally, this is the point in Weight Watchers where I quit.  This time I am focusing on the positive changes I’m making in my life, & not the number on the scale (well, okay I’m focusing on it a teeny tiny bit).  I have to keep reminding myself I can’t control my body or the scale.  I can control what I eat & how active I am.

But back to Thursday night’s weigh-in.  I lost 3.2 pounds this week.  Hurray!  That’s all I gained over the previous two weeks plus almost another half pound.    That makes a total of 23.2 pounds lost this time.  I’m 3.8 pounds from my first 10%.  I didn’t quite make my 10% for my birthday as I’d hoped to do, but that’s okay.  I will get it March!

This week I started timed intervals during my walk/jogs.  I was using roads signs & speed bumps to mark when to walk & when to jog.  Currently I’m doing two minutes of walking & one minute of jogging until I’ve done my mile.  I think next week I’m going to bump it up to a minute & a half of jogging.  My time on the mile has improved a bit this week, & even better today for some reason my stride opened up.  It felt a lot closer to running than what I usually do.  I really enjoyed it.

I didn’t do it, I just kind of happened.  Maybe it was the waffle, but I had the sugar free syrup so I’m not sure it was that much of a jolt.  Since I didn’t do it on purpose I don’t know if it’ll keep happening.  It may have been a fluke, but it gave me a glimpse of what I have to look forward to if I keep working at it.  A blogger I have been following, Brad Gansberg, has put together a 5K training program & is looking for some guinea pigs to be his first takers.  I emailed him today, but haven’t heard back.  We’ll see what happens:~)

That reminds me I really need to update my blog roll.  But now I really, really need to go to bed>_<

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Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

2 thoughts on “Today Was Better & It Kinda Disturbs Me

  1. 3.2 lbs gone is awesome! High five!!!!! Before you know it you will be up to two minutes jogging. Keep at it! 🙂

    • thanks! it won’t be much longer if i stick with it. i’m bumping it up to 1:30min this week & the next week i plan to bump my walking recovery time down to 1:30min. so depending on how the next 2wks go, i may just be jogging 2min intervals in a couple of weeks. i’ve done 3min straight, but just as an all out burst, & not something i can do consistently… yet.

      & yeah, i’m pretty plsed w 3.2lbs. i’m a difficult loser, so any month i end with a loss is a win. plus, even though my 23lbs lost in 10mos doesn’t seem like much when i think about it, when i realize i have an average loss of 0.6lbs since joining WW i think that’s pretty good. plus, i’m not in any hurry. i’m changing the way i live my life, that’s 36yrs of bad habits, so i can’t expect it to move too fast.

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