November 14, 2011

Fire Up: Week Nine

My positive picture for the week:

I ran five miles yesterday for my half marathon training - my longest distance since I left Chicago. As much as I love short and fast runs, there's something really relaxing and enjoyable about taking it easy and running for a long time. Claire, my healthy living idol and Do Life twin soul back in Chicago, posted a brilliant quote on her blog a while ago that hits it perfectly for me, I think:
I knew aerobic exercise was a powerful antidepressant, but I hadn't realized it could be so profoundly mood stabilizing and - I hate to use the word - meditative. If you don't have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain't getting them.

Christopher McDougall, "Born to Run"
I'm not quite at four hours yet, but I know the feeling, and I love it.

What have you done this week towards your goals?

(1) I weighed in before I left for Chicago at 198. Came home 200. Last Friday, I was back to 198. My 185 goal will not be met, but as long as I continue to make progress in the right direction, I will feel okay about this.
(2) After dinner eating has not been an issue in a few weeks - that I am certainly pleased about.
(5) I completed another 101-in-1001 goal: #98, make a wish at 11:11 on November 11, 2011.

I was out riding my bike when it happened. I'm not typically a wisher, but with all those elevens, it felt appropriate, and I cast my wish out at just the right time. Can't say what I wished for because then it won't come true, but I can already see gears in motion, and I'm feeling very hopeful.

What have you done to make yourself feel fabulous?

I started eating differently. I don't want to get too into it until I make significant progress, but I just feel amazing. I was 200 pounds last Monday and am down to 196 as of yesterday morning. Einstein famously defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Mixing things up is just what I needed, I think - I've been at a plateau for far too long, and for a smart person, I've certainly been ignoring the obvious in terms of what needs to happen.

Something I'm proud of:

Full jars of peanut butter are still a few steps away, but I'm at a point where I can keep the single-serve containers in the house again. I had some on a banana after my run yesterday morning, and it suddenly dawned on me that the container of peanut butter only has 250 calories if I eat the whole thing. Just take a scoop out, spread it on the banana, and save the rest for later. Totally simple, but a necessary lightbulb moment.

Mark my words: I'm gonna do well at this long-term.

What is the most positive thing you've taken away from this challenge?

Strengthening my stick-to-it-ive-ness. I'm not going to make the most important goal I set for myself, but I'm far from throwing in the towel.

It's your last week, the run to the finish, what is your priority?

Keep eating well, keep moving, keep getting enough sleep, keep drinking enough water, keep saving money, keep being positive.

Desert Island, you can take 1 person, 1 famous person, and 3 items besides food and water. Who and What do you take?

1 - My little brother, because I miss him so much these days. Chicago and Connecticut were far enough apart, but now we're on opposite coasts, and it's tough.
2 - Julia Child, if she were alive. Her book "My Life in France" completely changed my life. So inspirational!
3 - notebooks/pens for documenting everything, a Scrabble board, and my running gear :)


Ann said...

So so so glad things are improving for you, May!!

Caron said...

Love this! If there is a secret to losing weight and keeping it off forever you've nailed it. "Keep eating well, keep moving, keep getting enough sleep, keep drinking enough water, keep saving money, keep being positive." Yep, you are a star at this. :)

Tim said...

I love the Einstein quote! I've never heard that before but it's so true! hehe.

One thin about American's I jsut don't understand and don't think I ever will is putting peanut butter and banana....together!! Soooo weird!!!

marisol said...

Great quote.

Tim you are missing out. Peanut butter & banana is awesome. I eat that almost every day when I work out.

Bluezy said...

I remember something that was quoted about Jack LaLane (perhaps that is a French name? LOL) about changing your routine often and tricking your body...
did you see the movie with Meryl Streep? I think she pulled off a likeable Julia!

It will be interesting to see a what change does for you.

Anonymous said...

So good to hear about your runs & your progress! Awesome! I have set a goal to get to 189 (or less) by the end of December. I'm sooooooooooo close and need to get over this hurdle!
PS Desert Island:
1. My hubby
2. I'd rather just have my hubby! (ok, maybe a chef so I don't have to cook on the island?!)
3. My bible, my exercise vest, a cozy blanket!

One girl One Salad said...

You can do it! (I have faith in you) Heres to the excitement of the upcoming new year!