Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Day 150 - 165.8

Anytime you count up days or months or years, a "5" and a "0" in the total usually mean something significant.

And, truly, 150 days on plan is a big deal. I'm not throwing a party or anything, and I've pretty much treated myself to clothes that fit and expensive bras. No one will send me Congratulations! cards, because nobody knows. So in reality, it's not that big a deal.

Except here. This is the only place I can shout to the roof tops that I'VE BEEN ON PLAN FOR 150 DAYS! And if feels great! And it has paid off! And it's a FIRST!

I am proud of myself. I like myself so much more with food no longer as my (primary) source of comfort. My husband called me skinny this morning while I was in my undies getting ready for work. The rewards of consistency aren't just smaller clothes and a thinner body. It's all this intangible stuff, too.

Work is so busy right now, I've had no time to read my favorite blogs and I feel like I'm cut off from my friends! Evenings just don't allow me time for me, so if I don't get some time during the day, I just don't get the time. It's good that work is busy--we are self employed and busy means we're earning money, so I really shouldn't complain.

Running went fabulously yesterday. I ended up doing 5K in 34:50. I warmed up, as usual, with a .25 mile walk, then ran 2.25 miles @ 5.5 mph, then walked for about 2 minutes, and I was only .5 miles away from 3.1 miles. So I just kicked it up to 5.8 mph and finished a 5K on the treadmill. First time for that, and I was thrilled to be able to run 2.85 miles in one session, and at decent speeds.

Saturday, I ran outside for the first time. Holy cow, what a difference. First, it was 4 p.m. and even though the humidity was low and there was a breeze, the sun was beating down on me and I was hot hot hot. Second, I couldn't figure out my pace, so I'd run too fast, then have to slow down and walk, then I'd try to run slower but end up being too fast again. So it was a lot of walk/running. Last, the concrete doesn't give back like the treadmill. The treadmill, miraculously I see now, gives a bit of energy back to my feet, whereas the concrete just sucks it right down into the ground and gives nothing back. I'm glad I have until September to prepare for this 5K race, because after I've got the distance built on the treadmill, I've got to do a whole new round of training to just get used to hard surface running.

To all of you I check in with on a regular basis, I miss you and hope you are doing fabulously well, and I'll be seeing you again soon.


Lori said...

Wow, that's all wonderful news, Laura. I'm so proud of you (but then I always was back in the amazon.com days). You are mentally doing so much better and I think that's why the weight's coming off of you.


Happy 150th Day!

ws said...

Congratulations on this milestone also...

Great job finishing a 5K on the treadmill. The plank on the treadmill probably gives a little bit of bounce into your next stride. I ran a 5K last January and I hadn't run outdoors for months and I felt like I got hit with a 18-wheeler afterwards. If you use your arms outdoors it helps with the momentum, but it does take a little while to adapt to.

Vickie said...

Congrats - 150 days is indeed a very PROUD moment!

FatBlokeThin said...

Well done Laura!

You really inspire me - I am going to restart the C25K programme at the end of this wek and this is MY time - I feel it!

I am going to register for 5k race in @ 12 weeks AND make sure I can run all the way (I don't care if it takes me 35 hours..lol!).

Thanks for the inspiration to keep going!

Have a great week.