October 17, 2011

Fire Up: Week Five

My positive picture for the week:

After an exceptionally long silence, I finally got a chance to video chat with all my siblings at the same time.

And oh, I missed this face SO MUCH.

Things have been tough between my mother and me, and between my father and my sister Katie, but that doesn't mean things need to be strained between us kids. We're trying to work on that as a group, and things have been a lot better lately. Without a doubt, these strained relationships have contributed to my recent struggles, so having reclaimed some stability here feels amazing.

What have you done this week to achieve your goals?

(1) Struggling with weight again. Was up to 201 on Friday, at 199 now.
(2) Understandably connected to goal #1. I am going to get a 7/7 week just yet!
(3) I ran three times this past week! Started with two miles runs, all sub-20 (one sub-19!). Attempted a 2.5 mile long run yesterday but had to make a pit stop at home because I was feeling sick ... went back out an hour and some water later, for a total of 3.75 miles in 36:49 (a 9:49 pace) - feeling confident! 19 days to race day!
(5) I finished this goal! On Saturday I did #97 - met one of my blog friends in real life!

The lovely Cynthia from Partners in Kind and her husband Michael came by and we had crêpes!

What have you done to make yourself feel fabulous?

Ran consistently for the first time since I got here - it just feels *so* good to be back in a routine.

It's half way through the challenge, you can change 1 or more of your goals (max of 3) if you want to ... what are you going to do and why?

I thought about this, and I decided not to change any. Just because I'm not doing as well as I want to doesn't mean I'm going to jump ship! Gotta keep rowing. I'm mostly nervous about #1 - getting under 185 pounds. Five weeks and 14 pounds to go is a lot, but I'm going to try my hardest to make this goal ... particularly because my birthday is the day before the last day of the challenge, and I'd love to start my life at 25 with a non-obese BMI for the first time in over ten years.

What's your worst bad habit and have you ever tried to tackle it? Do you want to?

Well, binge eating, for sure, and secret eating. Making progress, but realizing lately that it's something I have a lot of work to do in order to get it under control. I was doing exceptionally well for a while, then started to struggle, and haven't really come back from that slip, at least not to the level of control I want to have over the situation.

Besides my food issues, I'm a nervous nail biter. It's such a bad habit, I know. But especially when I'm trying my hardest to avoid binge eating, my nails are a mess because I can't leave them alone. I usually keep them trimmed pretty short so I don't have the choice of biting them.

Would you rather have Burgers for feet or Sausages for Fingers?

Definitely sausage fingers. It would be really tough to find shoes that fit my burger-shaped feet, but big gloves aren't too hard to come by.


Amy said...

I'm a nervous nail biter too. It's the worst. I find that painting my nails really helps because when I get nervous I just pick at the nail polish instead of biting my nails.

I'm glad you got to reunite with your siblings on Skype!! (or whatever chatting thing you use)

SkippyMom said...

How wonderful - and the smiles on your faces. So worth it. YAY [you guys realllllly look alike. Cute!]

Hope you have a great week!

Tim said...

My friend had troubles biting his nails amd tried everything possible. He was recommended by the doctors to purchase some kind of varnish in the shops which is meant to taste horrible when applied to nails. Unfortunately he even liked the taste of that!

marisol said...

How fun that you got to meet another blogger. I think sausage fingers would be it for me as well.

I used to be a nail bitter but slowly I let them grow. I bought some Sally Hansen Miracle nail polish and it worked. Part of the reason that I would bite them would be how brittle and thin they were. This polish helped them grow strong.

Ann said...

That picture is awesome! You look fantastic. Glad that breakfast was great. LOVE meeting my blog friends IRL (in real life). Thinking of you - hope things are well!

timothy said...

i used to bite my nails terribly , hadn't done it in YEARS but just did 2 days ago............well it was 1 nail and i went and chopped them off so short i couldn't do anymore! WTF was that about? glad you're getting a balance with the siblings and good luck with the training/eating! i KNOW you'll accomplish whatever you set out to do!

Weight Wars said...

Well done for getting back on track with running, that's really great to see you happy :)

Christi Lynn said...

congrats with running!! it is so hard for me to get myself to run! so basically you're amazing! keep up the good work.

Nicky @ Eat, Run, Read said...

Thanks for stopping by! You get the honor of being my first commenter!!!

Sorry I hadn't seen you blog before now, looking forward to reading a bit. :) PS Skype = best thing ever.

Nicky @ Eat, Run, Read said...

Plus, you're a French teacher. This is already starting out well! ;) A bientôt!

PlumPetals said...

Great work getting in three runs this week :)

I think the photo you shared is adorable! :)

Jennie Palluzzi said...

I used to bit my nails all the time, but then I found it that my nail-biting was contributing to my life-long tendency to get sick a lot! Made myself stop, and now lots less sick! Also keeping my nails painted (even at home!) helps. Now if I could only stop picking my hang nails...