Thursday, May 02, 2013

A long way indeed

Sometimes if it feels as if I am treading water in this journey.  The journey seems long.  I feel as if it is two steps forward and one step back.  This mornings run was that way.  It wasn't a good run.  Oh, I didn't hurl, or fall down or anything.  I didn't have to stop and walk.  I just felt tired and my time was SLOW and I cut it short (that was probably a mistake, maybe I should have pushed through it) by about a half mile to a mile. (Stupid GPS program malfunctioned on me AGAIN...second run in a row).

The old MaryFran wanted to come home and beat myself up about what felt like two steps backwards whilst eating a whole batch of cookie dough while I flipped the big stack of pancakes that I wanted to eat in order to tide me over to the cinnamon rolls that I could have in the oven in two shakes of a lambs tail.  (yeah, loving to bake and cook is murder because even though I don't have the sweets in the house, it only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch of delightful food).  No, I didn't do any of that.  I made the planned breakfast for us and then I realized it was the beginning of May....and that called for a measurement day.

I took my measurements.  My arms and my legs didn't hold any major changes...maybe a half inch off my thighs...but no major changes.  My torso though...EVERY measurement that I took (and I take five from breasts down to hips) showed me dropping 1 inch!  PROGRESS!

Seeing the inches drop made me look realistically at my weight.  I've dropped 28,2 pounds this year alone!   That is SPECTACULAR!   Even more spectacular?????   From my highest weight ever, I am down 91.8 pounds!   Holy cow!  I'm creeping up on the 100 pounds lost mark!       PROGRESS!!!!

I run!   PROGRESS!!

But lets break the running down even further.  On January 31,  I started to run.  I was doing a C25K program.  90 seconds of running about near killed me.  I remember the second week (I think it was the second week) when we had to run for three minutes straight.  Sherry and I were together and we were SURE that the program had stopped because it had gone on forever and a day!  I can now run for 45 minutes straight.  I may be slower than a turtle in peanut butter, but I am out there doing it.  I used to go for 20 minutes and barely broke a mile and was exhausted.  Now I jog for 45 minutes or about 3.5 miles and come home reinvigorated.  Yeah, my body is tired but I'm so hyped up that I am super productive.  I've come a LONG way indeed in running.  So what that today was a crappy run.....I STILL DID IT!  And on January 31, I couldn't!  PROGRESS

I will leave you with pictures from my morning run this morning.  It may have been a slug fest for my legs and body, but it was GORGEOUS to my eyes!