One of my qualities, good or bad, is that I am a deep thinker. I think about a lot of things and lately, I have been thinking about my journey. For most of my journey, I was focused on the number on the scale or compliments from friends and family. These are considered extrinsic motivators. They were much like the junk food I was liking to wean myself off. I would feel good for a moment or two but it never stuck. When I got to my maintenance weight, I realized I still wasn't happy.
I have a second chance at my journey and I decided I want to do it differently this time. I want to feel good about doing healthy things and not do it to see it on the scale. It has to come from within rather what others think of me. I am considering getting rid of the scale but it scares me a bit.
Running is one thing in my life that seems to make me happy from within. It did than and it did today. Today I did a 5K after working on getting my running up to par. I am very excited to share that I feel it is up to par. For me, par is running a 5K and/or 3 miles 3 times a week. I did both today!
Here are a few photos from this morning's Turkey Trot!
Today's goal was to run the entire thing which I did!
The last couple months I have struggled with hip tightened and ankle tendon pain. Today I had none of that which is awesome! I finished in 44:30 which I was fairly happy with. My last few runs on the treadmill were 50:00-54:00. Guess I run outside faster, haha!
I am not sure how many people know this but I keep a scrapbook of all my weight loss photos and races. For the races, they don't always have a picture but each race page has the bib, race, date and location. I had a loose bib in my scrapbook that I had to put in there. Because it has been such a long time, I looked it up the details. It was the last race I did before I gained weight. I was ONLY four minutes faster despite being 40# lighter. This really surprised me. Guess it just proves that weight is really just a number.
I think that is all for today but I hope to blog more often. Now that I have a regular job, I am trying to workout in the morning, eat (track) healthy, essentially lose weight and blog more. The support here really helps me reach my goals. So, hats off to you all!