So, you may be wondering what one does to celebrate a two year diet-and-blog-iversary...here's a hint:
Nom nom nom...
Actually, Jeff was being inducted into the Delta Omega society because
Of all days, it was ironic because I was sitting next to the wife of the head of Jeff's school, and while we were eating she said something to the effect of "you are about half the size from when I met you two years ago" - how funny was that?!? Then she asked me the question that I seem to be getting a lot - "did you have weight-loss surgery?" and when I said no, it was just changing the way I ate and adding in exercise, she announced it to our (luckily small) table! But one thing I realized, and I did say to her, was that a year ago, I probably wouldn't have eaten anything at this luncheon except for the salad and raw veggies that were served. Now, I am ok with having food that I normally wouldn't eat (lasagne made with white-flour noodles, for example) (oh, and that dessert!) because I know that I'm not going to gain it all back in one day, and I'm also not going to go off the deep end and start eating the way I used to. It was a good thing to verbalize so that I didn't beat myself up for eating what was served. Still learning, I am!
********************I went for my regular run yesterday morning - I brought my camera and asked Jeff to take a few pictures so I could show you what this park looks like...unfortunately, my photographer didn't get a lot of shots (I guess you get what you pay for, lol), but here goes:
The start - walking toward the big puddle of water just ahead of me...I didn't want to start out the run with soaking wet socks so I made my way carefully through this mini-lake......and I'm off! This park has about two miles of paved paths, so I kind of run in a figure eight.Crossing the road to the "American Mile" path - there are brick dividers throughout the path that are engraved with high points of American and local history. Usually I run it backward and can't read them, but this time I remembered to reverse my normal route and got some learning in!
I was aiming for my weekly 5K, but when I hit mile 2, I about died...it was not super hot, but the grounds were saturated from thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday, and the humidity was really up there. I considered walking the last mile, but then thought about that bottle of purple nail polish sitting on my bathroom counter - I want that pedicure, people! - so I kept running. I got my 3.1 miles done in 35:32 - slowly but surely, I'm getting faster!
See this red face? This is not sunburn - the sun wasn't out - it's just what exertion looks like on a pale-skinned person. Also? The sweat burns my face...so much so that I carry facial wipes to use as soon as I'm done running. The pain of exercise - who knew it wouldn't always be muscular?
After running (Jeff biked), we went out for our traditional bagel/egg breakfast sammie - I have got to get better at taking food pics, because the couple I took of it made it look ginormously weird. But here I am with my coffee and my skin tone back at its natural state.
Not sure if I will be able to fit a run in on Tuesday - I will be doing an extra workout that morning as a favor to Brad (more on that in my WWU). I am tempted to run anyway, because I really think that is what is helping me lose weight and I want that purple pedicure (have I mentioned that already?)!!!