I'm a third of the way to my weight loss goal! 40 pounds down :) I still have a long way to go, but I'm consistently losing, which is great! Anna weighs about 35 or 38 lbs, so it's like I've lost a small kindergartner. How's that for perspective? Even better than the weight loss, I feel so much healthier (Ok, maybe not at the moment because of this head cold, but generally).
Things I can do now that I couldn't before:
-Run for 90+ minutes without stopping to walk
-Keep my heart rate in the cardiovascular zone while running (it was off the charts before)
-Enjoy chasing after my kids at an amusement park all day
-Fit comfortably in pretty much any seat I chose to sit in
-Buy clothes in pretty much any store that I want to
-Look at a picture of myself without cringing
This is really just the tip of the iceberg. I know there are a ton of other things, but I can't think of them right off the top of my head ;)
I ran 8 miles yesterday! I had to do it by myself, on a treadmill, because T was going hiking. I definitely missed her, and the great outdoors! I have decided that running on a treadmill for longer than six miles or so is just the pits. It's a bit too repetitive and boring for my taste, but I didn't stop to walk at all. I had to re-start the treadmill about 4.5 miles in, but I kept my feet going so I didn't lose momentum. The problem with trail running without someone else is that I am still new to running and running 8 miles by myself outside doesn't seem like a super safe idea. Also, T is really great at keeping us on course out on the trails. I would probably get hopelessly lost ;)
8 Mile Run
0.25 miles @4.5mph
1.75 miles @5.5mph (BIIIIIIG mistake. Due to the congestion in my chest and overall gross head cold, I ended up with major cramps in my rib cage/chest. If you're sick, try to take it easy. Don't follow my example)
6 miles @4.5mph (I hated going back down, but it was the only way I was going to survive this one)
Cool down = 0.25 miles
Total Miles = 8.25 miles
Total Calories Burned = 1,503
Confession- I may have led you astray when it comes to the salad dressing for a breakfast salad. The blush wine vin is really great, but when you eat it for breakfast repeatedly, you might end up with heartburn....ouch. I discovered the err of my ways and switched to...
"The Shower Head" episode of Seinfeld. Elaine takes a drug test and pops up positive for opiates because of the poppy seed muffins she loves ;). It always makes me chuckle. I figured it was just something silly from a t.v. show, but according to Snopes, it's true! If you work at a place that makes you take random drug tests, you might want to skip this dressing. Stay-at-home moms, feel free to indulge (within your caloric budget of course ;)).