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Weighty Weekend Ramblings

April is my favorite month of the year.  It’s my birthday month, it’s when spring usually actually springs and it’s my birthday.  Oh wait, I said one of those twice 🙂

But seriously, I’m really excited about the new month.  Fresh starts, new beginnings and a time to plan what I want my year of being 31 to look like.  I almost can’t believe I’ll be 31 next week.  Being 30 has been work.  Getting healthier despite myself.  Getting through my husband’s job in Memphis.  Getting through tough assignments at work.  I know 31 will have ups and downs – that’s just what happens in life.  But I also am ready to keep up all the forward momentum from being 30 and hopefully instead of just setting goals and setting the groundwork for achieving those goals, I will start crossing things off my goals list one by one.

Always getting more and more intrigued by the way our bodies work.  I swear my weight and my inches do NOT always go together.  My beachbody coaching group has been posting our transformation pictures this week.  It’s always amazing to see people you know who have really changed their bodies.  It’s motivating to see what is possible and to know that it’s definitely not a photoshop.  One of the coaches, Chelsea Blush, was talking about the scale and how she put on muscle so went UP 10 lbs.  Well let me tell you that she looks amazing with these extra 10 lbs.  Our scale is wonky right now (victim of the move), so I can’t weigh right now…and I’m kind of glad after reading what she posted yesterday.  I think that we sometimes get SO focused on the numbers on the scale that we don’t look at what is in front of us.  Are my pants getting looser?  Is my face getting thinner?  Are people telling me that I look smaller?  Hell, I can take my supposed to be work pants totally off now without unbuttoning or unzipping them, which I could not do until recently….shouldn’t I take THAT as the victory, not lament that the scale hasn’t moved like I want it to over the last few months?  I realized that I’m asking the wrong question when thinking about progress.  All those years of doing weight watchers and weighing in and feeling like a loser when I don’t lose weight that week….it’s conditioning that I’ll probably never actually lose.  I honestly don’t even want a scale that works right now.  I will get weighed at the doctor on Thursday and I guess I do want to know all my starting stats for the reset  because I’m a nerd and will want to know how everything changed from day 1 to day 21.  But other than those 3 occasions over the next 6 weeks – do I need to weigh myself?  I don’t think I do.  I think I need to take a break from the scale and my scale acting up is giving me the perfect excuse to do just that thing.

Sometimes the universe knows exactly what you need when you need it eh?

Oh and I have an announcement.

I RAN.

I know right?  Me.  I hate running.  But I wanted to watch the basketball game and I needed to get my workout in yesterday, so I got on the treadmill since the apt has tvs on them.  I did intervals – high incline/medium speed and low incline/higher speed were my peaks.  Note my “higher speed” was only 5 and 5.5 mph.  I probably could have gone faster too..but mentally I was so surprised at how comfortable those speeds felt while running I think I was shocked to try faster.  Not comfortable like lah de dah I could do this all day.  Comfortable like wow – I’m running and I don’t feel like I’m about to fall off the treadmill and I can do this for a little bit.  Either way, it’s the most I have run in probably 2 years…since I “quit” running before.  I think of any activity I have done, I noticed my weight loss most while running yesterday, because I actually felt like I could run instead of feeling like I was being tortured.  Progress is a beautiful thing.

Non-Scale Notes

I went for a run/walk today….it’s been a long time.  But according to Nike+ I didn’t do so bad pace wise.  I felt much better than the last one in June or so – those lbs I’ve lost the last few months are helping.  Running is not my favorite activity mainly because I am too overweight to enjoy it.  I mean let’s be honest – it’s not comfortable to run when you are not fit.  It can’t be and if you say it is you are lying 🙂 It’s uncomfortable and hard and just ugh.   But it works and I used to be a runner of sorts and I sometimes miss being that runner.  So I’m going to try to become one again by walking and running occasionally until I can run more and more and more.  Today I only ran about a half mile.  And saying ran is a very generous description of a shuffle.  But I feel the work I did and feel good about it.  Good mentally.  Destroyed physically.  I tried to do some JM Trouble Zones afterwards to get some weight in…child please.  My legs are a mess and my arms are tired too.  Takes a lot of arm pumping to get this booty down the street.  I did manage about 25 min though!

My taste buds are all maturing and becoming healthified.  I ate at Ruby Tuesdays the other day.  Just needed a break from cooking and wanted something different.  Made a HUGE garden bar salad and had the tilapia trio.  Only ate about a third of the trio (ate the rest just a few minutes ago for dinner).  I then ordered dessert to go.  I haven’t had dessert in over a month and I’ve been JONESING for some.  Before I lose my mind in a pint of something awful, I had something small.  The thing is – everything just tastes weird.  The fish a little too salty and the dessert was mega sweet.  Wow.  It cured that need for something different and sweet and now I really just was ok.  I guess my body is really adapting to this new eating style.  That’s good.  I walked right through the sweet stuff at the grocery store today (my store is shady – the yogurt/eggs/milk/cheese is across from the ice cream) and felt just fine.  No cravings, no longing, no desire to get anything.  This, this is a new thing.  A good thing, it sure is easier to stick to eating veggies when the dessert isn’t calling out to you AND when you know it won’t taste as good as you think anymore.

Olympics – I’m such an addict.  I mean I waited SO long to go workout because I was in the sports zone.  Woke up and watched track prelims, then Serena (because really, did Sharapova do anything??), then diving and trampoline…more track…volleyball…more track.  It’s ridiculous.  I’m currently watching beach volleyball.  It happens every 2 years now that I go into the Oly hole of no return….I love this stuff.