|Erin Clark = Me|
2. The scale is up. I was over 141 this morning. I think I mentioned we hit two birthday parties this weekend, one on Saturday and another on Sunday. All that cake and party food is catching up with me. I haven't been over 141 in ages. Maybe it's time to buy that total cleanse Groupon is always pushing on me. Neh, I'm not a cleanse kind of gal. But maybe it is time to stop with the after dinner snacking that has been out of control. I think I needed the scale to go up to motivate me.
So I hit the gym yesterday after work. I was feeling kind of tired and wondered if I should skip it in light of the 10k. Then I remembered that I was only running for an hour and that's not significant enough to warrant a rest day. Plus I felt fine physically, not sore or anything, just a bit stiff. I rode the upright bike on level 8 for 25 minutes, which felt pretty good. Then I did back/biceps/core. My back is almost back to normal, still some slight discomfort now and then.
As far as food I continued to make some poor choices last night (that was before the 141+ weight check this AM), digging in to leftover party-favor-candy. And later a bowl of granola cereal. At least I didn't have the dinner roll with butter that's been my bad habit of late. Today I'm going to Thai food for lunch with a friend. That won't help. Good thing I'm hitting the gym later.
3. So we've been having a bit of record breaking warm weather here in the SF Bay Area the last few days. That means summer clothes! I've been sporting shorts, tank tops, and skirts and enjoying every minute of it. I'm still getting accustomed to wearing tank tops in public but with each bare-armed outing I'm getting more comfortable. I was in the city for lunch last week and I saw a woman with my arms. She was fit and trim and had my exact disproportionately large arms. And you know what? She didn't look bad. I stared and stared and hoped she didn't notice.
I mentioned this to my lunch date and he said, "yeah, but she's got a different body type than you do." How so, I asked. "She's just big boned overall." I 'bout fell out of my chair laughing. I'm big boned, aren't I? Do people really see me as small now? Reminds me of the person who said, "That's because you have a petite frame" in reference to how clothes fit me. Anyway, this woman was obviously fit, maybe a bit bigger than me overall but I couldn't see it, and with arms just like mine. And she was wearing a sleeveless shirt, and it looked good. I wonder if I'll ever see in the mirror what others see. Decades and years and endless days of seeing a big girl in the mirror, maybe my eyes are too distorted to see what's there.
Speaking of summer clothes, I snapped a picture of my outfit today to share. The weather is forecast to start cooling off again starting tomorrow so I took the opportunity to wear a skirt. I brought a sweater to wear over when meeting with clients. I've seen women wear sleeveless shirts in a professional setting but I'm not convinced it's a good idea for me. I think the strappy sandals and flowery skirt are about as far I'm willing to go. Oh, my toenail is just about grown back enough to get a pedicure. Might be on my to-do list this week.
4. Ok, last thing. I think I've mentioned there's been mention of me and some mom/runner friends doing a full marathon in October. This idea was cooked up by Deb and Laurie over a couple post-run beers after the Emerald 12k. I don't think any of us thought it would really happen. And then Deb goes and loses her mind, registering this morning and throwing down some serious peer pressure on Laurie and I. And then Laurie throws her hat in the ring. Holy cow! Is this my year for my first, and possibly only, full marathon?!
We'd be doing the Humboldt Redwoods Marathon, set amongst the towering giant redwood trees in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. I found this race report on Road Bunner's blog (cute name!) and the whole thing sounds doable. Easy to say from the comfort of my chair. I did a quick poll of my FB peeps and...
Love all the support, thank you!! With a deep breath and probably not enough time to consider what it means, I'm in! Can I start carb-loading now?