Three very cool things happened this morning.
First, I stepped onto the scale, and it read 130! Last week, I was hovering at 132, and we modified my diet, aiming for a two-pound-per-week loss for the next six weeks. And sure enough, I’m now down 2 pounds! With five weeks left, I expect to blow past my original goal of 124 and reach my new goal of 120. For me, it’s more about the diet than anything. Christina gave me a very specific meal plan that is high in protein. It’s a different way of eating than I’m used to. We’ve even put eggs back into my diet. That was a big step for me after years of no meat or eggs. But my logic and what I tell myself to get over that mental hurdle is that big goals require big things of me. And everything I’m doing with this program is a big goal – a big, worthwhile, wouldn’t want it any other way, no turning back goal.
Second, I stepped outside, and it was 60 degrees! In Texas! For a second, I thought I had woken up in Canada or Portland, but I was at home! Thankfully I had a long-sleeved shirt in my car, so I was able to stay warm during my session with Christina. I love fall weather. This weather gives me hope.
Third, I stepped onto the trail to run 3 miles after my session with Christina, and I ended up running 4! This is a big deal because my workouts are largely head games. If I mentally prepare for 3 miles, I can’t do a step more. As Erin saw this weekend, if I mentally prepare to ride 70 miles and a turn arrow blows away and we miss the turn and end up extending our ride to 78 miles, those last 8 are harder for me than the original 70 because I had mentally prepared for 70 miles. So this morning, when I hit the foot bridge that was the turnaround for the 3 mile run, I surprised myself by thinking I should run past it and go one mile longer than I was intending. So I did. And it felt good. Strong even.
Happy Monday to me. And you too!