I thought the run was MUCH slower than my previous normal but in the end I finished in 34 minutes - only 1 minute slower than normal. Not bad considering the new shoes and the friggin' wind. Of course seeing I was only 1 minute over I thought, "darnit, could have pushed myself a bit more." Probably good that I didn't though, I don't want my calves to cramp up.
After the run I did back/biceps/core. My back had been hurting all day, a leftover treat from all the gardening I did on Sunday. But as my workout went on it actually started to feel better. There's not much that a good workout can't cure. After strength training I did some good stretching, which I needed. My hamstrings were really tight again.
I earned 8 points (1 more than usual due to longer run) and ate 5 of them, so I regained 3 lost points, leaving me at -6. On Tuesday I went to the gym after work and did the upright bike for 25 minutes followed by legs/shoulders/core. My legs felt pretty good, I think the adjustment to the new shoes is nearly complete. The last test will be a long run. I don't have any plans to do one soon though. I'd packed a low-point lunch and ate well enough all day to bank all 7 APs. Whew, back in the black!
Wednesday was a real test. I was PMSing and struggled with an urge to eat a giant bowl of cereal. But I talked myself through it. "Just because this is what I did in the past doesn't mean I have to do it now." "I can be in control." I said these things to myself, doubled down on the fruit and veggies for snacks and managed to get through the day without going over my daily points. I can't remember the last time I survived PMS without a single "bad" food decision. Yay me! Big pat on the back for that one and lots of affirmations of a job well done. I think resisting the craving felt better than the cereal.
I started today with one AP leftover from Tuesday. I went to the gym after work and did a 25 minute run on the treadmill, maintaining a 10:50 mile, which makes me perfectly content. Then I did chest/triceps/core for strength training. That added 7 APs to my day for a total of 8 left on the final day of my WW week. Good thing because I was hungry! I had black beans, latin cream (like a salty sour cream), tortillas, pico de gallo, and avocado for dinner. Later I had a 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt. It was all very satisfying and I am going to bed tired and with a full belly.
Since I am in the midst of my menstrual cycle I'm not expecting a loss tomorrow. If I can manage to stay the same weight as last week I'd see that as a success given that I usually gain during my cycle. Last month I was up two pounds the week of my period. Staying the same weight would almost be the same as a loss. I'll just have to see what the scale holds for me in the morning. No matter what, I won't let it get me down because nothing could take away the success I've had this week.
|End of the week Points tally. Notice the "0" under weekly remaining - no longer a negative!|