July 1, 2012

Workouts: June

I am in Chicago! Alive! Safe and sound! And absolutely, incredibly, phenomenally happy.


I teared up a little as the train pulled out of the station in my small California town, and again as the plane took off from San Francisco International Airport. But for the most part, I kept cool and composed ... until we landed at Chicago's Midway Airport, and the flight attendant said "... and if Chicago is your final destination, welcome home."

Cue me, in my seat, losing it.

Full-on ugly cry, and entirely unashamed. I've never heard anyone say that as the plane landed; it felt like a message meant specifically for me.

My first day was very eventful: helped a friend of Matt's move (lifting and lots of trips up to/down from a third floor apartment, good workout!), went to the laundromat, finally was able to get new clothes by going to stores and trying things on (not just ordering stuff online and hoping it fits), rode the el and the bus, and walked all over while running errands.

It's a silly little thing, but when it's very humid out, my hair gets extra curly - a little halo of curls all around my face. I've always hated them - but yesterday, I saw them, and I loved them. California, or at least where I was, was not humid. The curls have been hiding for almost a year. Now they're back, in full-force, and it's just another little comfort I've been appreciating lately.

I usually do my monthly workout roundup post on the first of the month, but alas - my computer is in a box, waiting to be picked up from the post office. From memory, though, I know this was a good month. Not great, but good. And an especially good end to "that one time in my mid 20s when I lived in California." I biked over 60 miles before selling the bike. I walked a TON - not something I log, but I still felt very good about. And I kept up with marathon training, which was one of my goals.

I also left California weighing less than when I arrived, which felt good. The "no binges" and the 101-in-1001 goals sort of fell by the wayside, but I have big things in store for July and forever after. I'm binge-free for nearly two weeks now, which I am exceptionally proud of. I am finally starting to feel wholly healthy again.

July is going to be huge for me. Double digit long runs, a half marathon in a few weeks, and the first 31 days of my hundred day challenge. I have my sights set on doing great things this month!

One challenge for this month is food-related. I've written exhaustively about the difference for me between overeating and binge eating. In addition to no binges, I want to make sure my eating stays healthy and well-balanced. I'm nervous about a few things while living with Matt - the tendency to go out to eat instead of cook, the box of cereal and giant jar of peanut butter, our shared history of overeating. But I'm feeling confident right now: we went shopping yesterday morning and made great choices, reading labels and comparing products as we worked our way through the grocery aisles of Target. He started his own blog, and has a few nutrition-based ideas on his list of goals, so I think using those as mini challenges will help us stay focused and on-plan.

Something else that's a bit of an interesting challenge is with weighing myself. I discarded my scales when I left California, and even though Matt has scales here, I'm trying to break myself of my daily weighing habit. My priority for July is not weight loss, but focusing on keeping up my binge-free streak. When I don't binge, weight loss naturally follows, and I don't want to upset myself or possibly trigger anything by seeing the daily fluctuations on the scale. If I do well, I will get good results. My initial plan is to weigh myself every 10 days, for my hundred day challenge posts. We'll see how that works out.

What about you? How was June for you? What are your goals for July?

16 comments:

Matt said...

I recognize that wall.

texancountess said...

I'm so incredibly happy for you my dear. My June was actually pretty good. First month since February that didn't involve a sudden death of someone I knew. My goals for July are to transition in to working and eating healthy when I'm tired and stressed and not wanting to cook. Also, I want to do the 30 Day Shred workout during the work week for the entire month. I'm hoping it goes well.

Best of luck to you on this month of July. I hope that things continue to settle in for you and work out the way they should for an awesome person like you.

Sarah said...

Welcome home. :)

Kelliann said...

I'm so glad you are back home safe. California will always be a learning experience!
Here's to binge free streaks and natural curls! Hooray!

Jessica said...

Glad you are back in Chicago safe and sound :)

Ashley said...

Oh, Mary, you sound so happy and positive. I'm so glad :) Welcome home!

alimoll said...

I'm glad you arrived safe and sound in Chicago! You are going to do great there! I know it! Have a great week!

Mich said...

I've had a similar experience with the "if ______ is your final destination, welcome home" announcement, except mine was when I returned to the USA after visiting Canada. I was so grateful to be back in the US.
My June was lousy but at least it's over. Goals for July 2-31 include exercising every day and avoiding drive-throughs.

AmberDawn said...

Congratulations on making it home safe and sound! I agree that the flight attendants message was meant for you.

marisol said...

I'm glad that you are stepping away from the scale. I think that being back in Chicago is going to be so great for you. I used to step on the scale daily & it completely set my mind frame for the day and not in a good way. Now I try really hard to stick with my weekly weigh ins which is so hard but I need to do it for my mental health.

My goals for July is to continue with C25K and not giving up because it gets too hard.

Frickin' Fabulous at 40 said...

June was rough. With all of my kids' extra school activities at the end of the year I haven't been as consistent (working out EVERY day) and I haven't run as often because of the weather. Now that all of that is done, I can get back to my regulare routine. Then I'll worry about what Speptember holds for me since I won't be babysitting anymore and I need a REAL job.

Ann said...

Welcome home, Mary. :)

Bluezy said...

Say I hope you are ok from all that weather your way. Wishing you a great back home 4th in your big city with big love!

yep July and then August. Carpe Aestas!

LynnieG said...

Welcome back to the Midwest - you sound truly happy. Now on to the next adventure! Peace, Lynne.

Leigh C. said...

Love the photo. You look joyful! June was good for me. My July is going to be me plugging away at the running, teaching my first learn-to-run clinic and hopefully increasing my speed. Welcome home Mary:)

Tim said...

Welcome home! You can talk to me about Chicago now i've caught up! :)