December 17, 2010

Roses and thorns

Unless something huge and profound happens, I won't be regularly blogging while I am in Connecticut. I would, however, like to "check in" on Fridays (and I will post my last DDGbD update on Sunday), so I can keep in touch and keep updated with goings-on. It's going to be a little strange - I've posted every single day since I started blogging in August! But trust that soon I'll be back with even more stories to share!

I don't have a weigh-in to report this week, as I am scale-free in Connecticut. I'm feeling great, though - I worked hard in Chicago, and my first day in CT was challenging, but nothing I couldn't handle! I'm feeling good - great, actually.

Roses for the week:
  • I went swimming - twice. I am so happy to be back in the water.
  • I did NOT need a seatbelt extender on my flight - in fact, I had to tighten the belt!
  • Within a few minutes of being picked up at the airport, I was told that we had to stop at Stew Leonard's before going home. Stew's is a market in Connecticut - think grocery store meets Disney World, with free samples of everything (including cheese made in-store). When I was in college, one opened up right near the campus, and my friends and I would go there for dinner often. It's pretty amazing, and so I'm really proud that I survived this trip without eating a single sample ... or getting an ice cream cone on the way out!
  • I ran C25k week 9, day 1 - I usually run on a track or a treadmill, but this time I ran on actual streets and sidewalks. Unbelievable. I felt so amazed and proud when I was done! First, because I had ran three miles without stopping. Second, because my run went down to the town beach and back, and oh! how I have missed the salty air! And third, because I had really nervous that I wouldn't be able to run on the different terrain. The changes in incline threw me off a bit, but nothing fatal - I actually finished with a better per-mile pace than I have before on the treadmill! My knees felt much better than last time - yesterday's rest day did me good, I think.

  • I am writing this surrounded by sleeping sisters - brother is off to school, Mom is at work, and Dad is doing errands. And it is the most wonderful thing. I am so, so, so happy to be with my family - especially my kid brother, who is the most adorable person, especially around Christmas.


Amy said...

I'm so happy to hear that everything is going so well thus far!! That run sounds incredible, I'm so jealous you grew up by the ocean. I grew up in Cottage Country surrounded by lakes, so if you drive five minutes you'll hit another, and they are (mostly) all connected by rivers. It's beautiful, but something about the ocean to me is just so incredible and serene.

Retta said...

It looks like you are off to a great start! Even having to TIGHTEN that seatbelt. Wowzer. :-)

I hope the rest of the time is as wonderful as the start.

Anne H said...

Belts away it looking good!
Glad you are with our family!

Tim said...

That sounds like the perfect start to your holidays. I'm very pleased for you!!! :)

jayme @ Losing Half My Weight said...

have you been running every day? 'cuz you mentioned a rest day as if it wasn't something you normally do....

congrats on the airplane seatbelt!! that's amazing!!

and have a great christmas, mary!! enjoy it!