About three weeks ago, I had to take a hard look at how I had been eating this summer. With the "freedom" of summer comes a feeling that I should be able to eat as much as I want of whatever I want. As it turns out, that way of thinking comes with about 6-8 pounds of summer weight.
At 5'2", any extra weight is both seen and felt! Even though I kept up my regular running routine, the extra calories added up and made themselves known!
So....three weeks later, I am down 4 pounds (with another 2 or 3 to go).
I have regained my focus on portion size, with more fruits, vegetables, & healthy fats, and LESS cheese, bread, and fatty desserts.
I am OCD and a control freak by nature, so once I buckle down, I'm usually right back on track. Being in the routine of the school day helps immensely!
On Saturday, we ran the Scholars' Run in Maryville, TN. It's a 5K that we do every year. Anyway, when we picked up our race numbers, I was number 40 (my age). I thought that was a pretty cool coincidence.
The race does not allow "headsets," so I left my Ipod in the truck. We lined up, and off we went.
The air was heavy with humidity. I love a good sweat, so I was in my element. I felt light, and like I was moving really well.
The last 5K that I did (earlier in the summer) resulted in a 31:56 finish. It was my slowest race of the year. But on THIS day, everything came together, and I finished in 27:56--a total of 4 minutes faster...and also my fastest race of the year so far.
I attribute my faster time to my healthier eating habits and also that work had me so stressed out on Friday, that I let it all OUT on Saturday morning! I ended up placing third in my age group (I have never placed in a Knoxville area race) and also won a $25 gas card as a door prize. It was a great morning!
After such a good start to the weekend, I decided not to let things at work get me down. The beginning of the school year is always tough, and this year is no exception. By the end of the year, I will be talking about how much I love my students and what a great year it turned out to be.
I choose to be happy.