So did I mention that I ran a half marathon last weekend?
Um, yeah... that pretty much made me rationalize all of the junk I ate all week. I love to run long distances, but I forgot that it turns me into a bottomless pit, something I need to work on if I sign up for more races this summer and fall. Plus, my friend Cory had me make Amish friendship bread (basically she made me do it) and the two loaves were gone in about three days. Yeah, it was THAT good... the Amish really know what they're doing. But my main discovery this week is that weight loss is all about defeating the excuses. As I strive to eat healthier, I realize that I can talk myself into having just about anything that's not good for me. I ran a half marathon, so logically that allows me to have a free pass all week, right? Or since it's Mother's Day this weekend I should be able to eat not just one, but three molten lava cakes that my husband made for me (oh yes he did... and they were super delicious!). Or since I skipped dinner, I can have a second bowl of ice cream. It's ridiculous, and something that I need to work on... do you have this problem, too?
On the upside, there are a few things that I have improved on as well. For one, I don't stop every time I pass Starbucks. To you this may not sound like much, but it's a huge accomplishment for me. I can talk myself into a latte at all hours of the day and realized that I would get one even when I really didn't want it. Sure, it still tasted good, but was the four dollars really worth it? Since I work from home I don't drive by one all that often, which is probably why it used to be so appealing when I did, but just because it's a novelty doesn't mean I need to have it every time it's available. It's all about choices and truly listening to your body.
So where did the scale end up? Unfortunately I have been going the wrong direction, but it was only an 0.2 gain this week, probably due to the race. A day after the weekly weigh-in I caught a little bug that Jake had been sick with and, well, I'm now down two... go figure. So my goal for this week is to make better overall choices and fight that irrational part of my brain that makes all of those excuses. Oh, and I may want to show my face again at the gym... I'm pretty sure my muscles have forgotten what they are supposed to do!
How was your week??