I woke up yesterday almost feeling defeated, but then as I said in my previous blog, I was determined to take back control and that is just what I did!!
First off let me just start by saying *thank you* to all of you for your encouragement & support. It really helped to get me out of that door and moving again. I ended up spending about 3 hours outside!! I even have a lovely sun-burn to prove it. :-)
Before I share my experience of what was the most difficult run in my life to date, and what other great activities I did & pictures, I want to share my results from my Weigh-In last night.
A major *major* blessing was bestowed upon me. I do not know how in thee HELL it happened, but I was down 2.4 lbs. WHAT?!?! I seriously could not believe it. My scale at home last week said I was up almost 4!! And don’t even ask me what I had for dinner the night before thanks to the dreaded hangover. It really was an ENORMOUS shock. So much so that I started bawling right there at the scale and then cried some more while my leader held me, lol. What a big baby I am.
Well, not only did I get the joy in losing 2.4 lbs but this put me at having lost *70 LBS*!!!!!!! WHOO HOOO!!
So not only did I lose when I was sure I would gain, but I also got another achievement star and hit yet another milestone. WOW!! Talk about some great blessings huh?? My leader even started to ask me about my goal weight and said I need to think about that real soon because I’m probably almost there. EEK!!
Well now that I have shared that great news, let me talk about the *awesome* workout I had before my meeting (another weird fact, I *never* work out before a meeting, but because I knew this one was going to be a bust I decided not to waste a beautiful day off…go figure):
This was by far the hardest run I have had yet. I haven’t ran since last Sunday and it showed. I wanted to get in at least 3 miles, since that's not too hard for me now, but no way yesterday!!
I went to the parkway and walked/ran 4 1/2 miles, and to be honest, more of it was spent walking then running. Now some of you who may already know, when I run, I run. I do not walk/run. So having to stop was really hard on me, but I was determined to make the most of it and to just get my body moving again. Here are some shots I took along the way:
You can’t really see it, but there is a little squirrel in this picture that was racing me part of the way:
After my workout I just kind of stopped to hang out and chill by the water. By water I mean Onondaga Lake Park, the most polluted lake in the United States. It’s nice when it gets really warm out and you can smell all that yumminess…Mmmm.
Anywho, here are some other pictures I took:
Anyone interested in some lip-gloss or a cigarette?? Sometimes humanity disgusts me to no end!
I wasn’t quite ready to go home yet. I was feeling so great and at peace with myself. I saw all these people on bikes and I thought to myself, well I could always go home and oil up the good old hot pink mountain bike! But then I saw that the rental shack was open and that I could rent a bike! How perfect!! I decided to rent this cute little cruiser for an hour, only $5!!
Me and this baby went on a 6 mile cruise up and down the parkway. It felt great!! What a perfect first time ride.
All I can say is that I was never happier to be outside and I really felt like I had taken back control. I’m about to head out for another run this morning, and I know that this one wont be easy either but I will take it slow and most importantly, I will have fun!! Because I know that yesterday I didn't push myself as hard as I *could* have, but I pushed myself as far as I wanted to and I think that made all the difference!! It let me enjoy myself and really be happy with what I *did* do.
I must admit, I was a little sad to turn this bad boy in. Who knows, maybe I’ll rent it again some other time.
All in all I’m happy to say that I am starting to feel like myself again, and that's just *AWESOME*!!