Isn't it amazing how just a few new clothes makes you feel? For my birthday my mom took me shopping and told me to "get whatever I needed". I was like "score" but I took it conservatively and I couldn't find a few things that I needed so I didn't just buy things because I could. I ended up with 2 new pairs of shorts and 4 shirts. She joked afterward that, "you took it easy on me, that wasn't too bad". But the fun thing was that everything I tried on fit! Isn't that the best feeling ever. Although I still had to buy the shorts one size bigger then my goal, but it was still so nice for things to look nice on you instead of trying to hide the bumps and bulges. Those are disappearing slowly, but they are disappearing.
And all week I felt like a new person. The weather has been beautiful and warm and I had nice new clothes to wear that I felt great in.
For Mother's Day Jeremy got me a new running outfit. It's bright blue and pink and completely matchy and I love it! I haven't worn it yet, really because I haven't run outside in the heat and it's more of hot outdoor running outfit. There is nothing like new workout clothes to motivate you into working out even more! Right?
I don't know about you, but my birth control completely screws up my system. Unlike everyone I know who has complications with b.c., I take it mostly because it keeps my hormones in check. I am completely wonky without it, and for some strange reason it keeps me from going crazy, which is the complete opposite of everyone I know. But the one bad side effect I have a difficult time losing weight when I am on it and it makes me retain a boat load of water.
When I am seriously watching what I am eating and working out this is the pattern that my body does when it's on b.c. I WILL NOT lose any weight for the 3 weeks I'm taking the pills and then all of a sudden, when my period starts I lose 2,3,4,5 even 7 pounds in the week, as what happened this last week. I lost a whopping 7 pounds! Then the following 3 weeks I will either gain a couple back (in water weight I'm assuming since my rings won't fit the first day back on the pill) or stay the same. Then the next period I will lose how ever much I lost during the month. It's crazy and frustrating, but I have to continually remind myself that it's the b.c. not my effort.
I felt great last week. My wedding band which I can't wear normally, fit beautifully and I got into another pair of my size 6 jeans (which really is my weight loss goal). I was feeling AWESOME and more confident. But come Monday, my ring didn't fit and I haven't tried on my jeans this week yet since it's been warm. Oh well! Such is life I guess! Maybe after next period...
I've been running my usual 3 to 4 miles 4 times a week. But Sunday instead of running a long run, I ignored the heart rate monitor and ran. I still have a goal of running a 5k in less then a 10 minute mile. To many, many of you that is your "slow" pace, but for me that is a huge strain considering I'm just not built for running ;-). So I headed out the door on Sunday night, in the misty cool air (which felt amazing) and ran 3 miles. I ran it with an average 10:15 which I am super happy with right now. It's still not my 10:00 minute goal but I'm getting stronger and just like my weight, I'm improving, slowly but still improving.
Well that's how my week has been. How have you been doing. I love hearing from you and you don't even have to be trying running as your healthy goal. If you have hit some milestones in other healthy endeavors, please share. We are in this together ;-).
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