1. Weigh-in today. 137.8 pounds. Up one pound from last week, which makes sense given I was still recovering from the stomach flu last week. Seems my weight is stabilizing, I like that. Also, 25.5% body fat. Woot!
2. San Francisco Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon: I registered for this inaugural race without knowing the race course. This is San Francisco people, a city FAMOUS for hills. But I took the risk because I was so excited a Rock 'n' Roll half was coming to the city of my birth. And good thing I did because as of a few weeks ago...
Clearly I'm not the only one nutty enough to register for a 13.1 mile run in SF without seeing the route. So today they finally released the course information.
And all I can say is...whew! And, yes!! No crazy SF hills and the Golden Gate Bridge. What's not to love? I ran part of this course when I did my 11 mile Kaiser training run in late January. I debated that day whether to include the Golden Gate on my route... I guess next time I run it, I will. So, so, so excited to see this course! Me being me I had to map it on MapMyRun.com for the elevation profile.
Would ya look at that? That, I can do. In fact, I love that. Love, love, love.
3. Workouts. They've been steady. It's been over a week but I finally got back into my gym yesterday (Thursday). I had plenty of time and decided go wild with it. I started with a 2 mile run on the treadmill at 6.3mph with a couple 7.3mph 2-min intervals thrown in for fun. Then I did strength training, back/biceps/core and then I took a spin class. I told you I went wild. Glenn was out so we had Ken, who I now know is insane on a spin bike. He 'bout killed us! There were many times in which he told us to increase the resistance, "Give it another full turn," to which I just laughed. Ha! My quads are screaming now and you want me to make it harder?! Negative my good man, ain't happenin'. That's one thing I'm liking about spin class, highly customizable. When I left the gym 2hr and 21 minutes later my heart rate monitor told me I'd burned 1,038 calories. Wild indeed!
I'm staying at a friend's for a few nights (more on that in a bit) so I came back here and made myself dinner, meat loaf and brussels sprouts. Then I took a long, hot bath. And then I ate a Reese's peanut butter egg, later followed by a Häagen Dazs bar (chocolate covered with almonds, yum!). And I was in bed by 9pm reading and enjoying a bit of peace and quiet.
Today, Friday, I returned to my gym and decided to again do a run/bike combo. I ran for 1.52 miles (in 14 min) with intervals as above and then rode the upright bike for 11 minutes to make 25 minutes of cardio. While I was running a fellow gym-goer came up to me and said, "Is that you in the window?" (referring to my ad). I actually felt a bit shy! He shook my hand (yes, while I was running at 7.3mph!), congratulated me and said what an accomplishment it was. That was so cool. Which reminds me, in spin class yesterday the guy next to me said, "You look a lot like that woman in the poster". It was a bit weird to then have to tell him it is me.
So after my run/bike I did legs/shoulders/core for strength training. My legs surprised me by being up for the task. My core on the other hand...ouch! Crunches on the decline bench with 15 lbs were outright painful. But you know I did them anyway, which I will likely pay for tomorrow. I had been feeling like it was time to up it to 20 lbs...guess that's not happening for a while.
I came back here to eat dinner. I was still hungry so I had a small granola bar. Then I had the other Häagen Dazs bar that was in the freezer. Thankfully there were only two. So tomorrow will be a rest day and then I'm hoping to go mountain bike riding with Miguel on Sunday. If we can't swing that I'll go alone. Which brings me to the next thing...
4. Change. I've been alluding to going through a stressful personal time without ever saying what it is. Well, Miguel and I are going through what I'll call a rough patch in our relationship. We've been together for 11 years and this is a first for us. And it's not easy. In fact, it's one of the biggest challenges I've ever faced. You can't go through the kind of physical and mental transformation I've gone through over the past 6 years without it reverberating through everything. I am just not the same person I was when Miguel and I got married. Of course, physically that's obvious.
So with all this time to think I realized something today. I like myself. I truly do. I don't think I liked myself much in years past. I used to subconsciously wonder why anyone would like me, now I feel why wouldn't they like me? I'm a great person. I enjoy my own company, think well of myself, and I don't judge myself like I used to. That's a profound change. The old me would have seen those as the traits of a conceited person. The new me can see the difference between that and self-love. I used to see others through the veil of my own insecurities, their actions and words were often a reflection of me. Imagine. Now I feel I am seeing with more clear eyes, and let me tell you, it's a whole new world. The old me didn't expect much from life; that's changed. I expect to get a lot more out of life than I used to. And I know I can, I know I can go all Carpe Diem on life. Though obviously it's not all skinny jeans and tank tops over here.
So what does this mean? As far as what's relevant here (on my blog), Miguel and I need to start having some outdoor fun together. We used to cycle together all the time. And we'd run together sometimes too, though I think it was a bit tedious for him because he was SO much faster than me back then (now he's just much faster than me). We used to do other things too but truth be told with the limited time we have I'd rather be on the move - hiking, cycling, dancing. I'd like us to do more exploring together too, discovering new places and things, and with hope, also discovering the new us along the way.
I shared all this because it's clearly a big part of this weight loss/maintenance journey so it feels right to include it here. Plus, I'll be writing about our attempts to get out on life's road together, even with two young kids at home, and now you'll know why. Finally, if I write about feeling overwhelmed, confused, scared or unsure, you'll know what that's about too. Someone recently told me, "Be brave in pursuit of your truth." I've been thinking about that a lot. There were times in my life when I didn't have the option to be brave. Now I can, and I will do my best to keep my chin up and lead with my heart.