There is something different I’ve noticed in myself over the past few months and especially now that wedding planning has passed. I find myself aching to be involved in something bigger. I want to do something important. I want to live a life of service to others.
When I started looking for 5K races, I realized that I wanted to participate in one that benefits a greater good. The race I found was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Fort Worth on April 24, 2010. On a personal level, running this race will encourage me to establish a healthier lifestyle. For Edgar, it will help him get more fit for the Navy as well as provide him some community involvement that he can cite on his military application this spring. On a more universal level, though, I find myself completely willing to shell out $60 for the two of us to run the race because the cause for which the race was formed is worth it. It’s not to say that other benefit races aren’t. It’s to say that while money has always been an issue for me, it’s not all about me, and I can afford to do my part.
This journey toward weight loss and health keeps getting bigger and more globally important than trying to fit into single-digit sized jeans. It just goes to show how God is in the little things, and even the little things can have an enormous impact.
This evening Edgar and I went to the local YMCA and I ran my first training session in the Couch to 5K program before going to join my other half in the pool.
As I ran on the treadmill, I realized that I really didn’t care about the machine’s calculation of my calories. I realized it didn’t matter. I was on the treadmill training for a 5k not for the purpose of losing weight but for the purpose of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Also for this reason, I did not calculate activity points for my time in the pool. I wanted to enjoy my time with Edgar and not worry about how many calories I was burning. Instead, Edgar and I enjoyed each other’s company and mutually agreed we wanted to return to the pool more frequently. It wasn’t about calories. It was about building healthy habits. I don’t have to assign a point value to my water activies. I just already know in the back of my mind that I burned more calories frolicking around than I would have sitting around at home. To me, knowing that I am building healthy habits and enjoying it is enough of a reward.
Today was a weird change of pace since I stayed home from work today. My very late breakfast consisted of some experimental gingerbread pancakes topped with fall fruit compote, sugar free maple syrup, and fat free whipped cream. Was originally planning on having some turkey breakfast sausage with it, but since I got up so late, I decided the extra protein wasn’t necessary.
Since I had a late breakfast, I skipped lunch entirely and when 5 o’clock rolled around I made this!
It doesn’t look like much, but it’s SO GOOD! It’s a combination of Italian Sausage, bell peppers, onions, and fire-roasted diced tomatoes sauteed together with some italian seasonings and eventually served over whole wheat penne.
(I like to pre-portion the servings and immediately save the leftovers in plastic containers for later.)
And for dessert… Hungry Girl’s No Nonsense Nog recipe! Yuuummm!
Starting Weight: 176.8
10% Goal Weight: 159.1
New Weight!: 163.8
Total lost: 13.0 lbs
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Wahoo! That’s right! Even though I went about 20 points beyond my total dailies and weeklies, I still managed to lose weight. A good part of it is water weight leftover from the honeymoon, but I’m still lighter than I was before the honeymoon, which is FANTASTIC!
Yesterday I was so worried and upset after the open house. Every since I went a little over on Saturday at my Sunday School Christmas party, I’ve been wondering how I could make up for it. I even tried to reduce my daily points for two days for it. Well, that didn’t happen. Yesterday after work I just decided that it’s best that I just pretend it didn’t happen (save for counting it on eTools) and eat dinner like normal. In fact, I ate dinner like normal, plus most a can of Sprite, 2 pumpkin muffins and a serving of Hungry Girl’s egg nog. Basically I decided to relax and live a little but not go overboard and let myself think, “oh, the week is ruined anyway!” and eat everything in sight. I guess it worked.
With today’s weigh-in I’ve realized that I’m only 4.7 lbs away from my 10%. Therefore I’m making it a personal goal to reach that 10% goal by the end of the year. I’m also making it a point to go to the Weight Watcher meetings in town over the Christmas break (since WW At Work won’t meet over the break). This will help keep me accountable.
I meant to start a new running program yesterday, but it was way too dang cold. The temperature never got out of the 20’s yesterday, and for me to work out would mean I’d have to go back out into the cold in a car that doesn’t like running with the weather like that. But that said, I’ve decided to start the Couch to 5k program so that I might build some kind of appreciation for running. My current self pretty much hates running’s guts.
I’m also thinking of signing up for a 5K in the spring with hopes that maybe that will motivate me more with the program. We’ll see what happens!