Feeling on top of the world this morning. Usually on Tuesday’s I swim (or kickboard) laps with a girlfriend, but today she was unable to go. I decided to do the bay with another friend instead of the swim and boy am I glad I did. I’ve really struggled with running the last few weeks. I didn’t feel like I was making any improvement at all, and in fact in that area thought I was going backwards. But today I managed to run the Iron Cove bridge again for only the 2nd time in my life. PLUS I did it whilst doing the bay anti clockwise which means I power walked up the steep hill just before the bridge instead of the more gradual hill on the other side like I did last time. When I started I thought I would be happy to get to half way, but when I got there I felt ok, so picked a sign and ran to that, then thought I can make the next sign so kept going… that sign was close to the end so I figured “I can’t stop now” and ran the whole way! I was so pleased! No leg pain or anything. Yes I was out of breath but I didn’t feel like I was dying. I walked back to the friend I was walking the bay with like I was floating on air. I even did 3 other runs which were longer than my usual bursts around the bay. If running felt this good every day I think I’d do it more often hahahah
I had a pretty good weekend too. Saturday was my most fun SSS ever – bootcamp in the morning (575 cals) then a Hip Hop Dance class with girls from the Inner Westies group in the afternoon. I burned 455 cals in the hour and i swear most of that was from laughing We had so much fun! I love that this program is helping me find enjoyable ways to exercise. Not everything has to be about working until I want to puke
Sat night was my niece’s 18th birthday party. I haven’t seen my brother and his family since warmup/pre season. Whilst my sister in law regularly asks me how the program is going etc, its not something my brother takes much interest in. I was absolutely delighted therefore when I walked in and he gave me a big hug then looks at me and says “Wow you look great have you lost weight??” He had forgotten I was doing the program and is the first person to have actually noticed a physical change in me (other than the people I work out with etc). Even my niece commented on how good I looked and that the colours I was wearing were totally “in this season hhahahaha. Move over crazy old aunt, Hipster Aunt is coming through!
The video on Sunday was an interesting one for me. Mish’s challenge to write down 5 things you love about yourself is something I previously would have struggled with. (and have struggled with when challenged by others to do it.) I was pleasantly to surprised therefore to find I can now do it. These were my 5:
“I love that I am compassionate
I love my capacity to love
I love that my family and friends know they can rely on me.
I love that I am finding the courage to face my fears
I love that I am learning to love myself at last.”
Being able to complete that is a huge step for me. I love that this program is helping me to be the best I can be and to enjoy life to the fullest. I love where my life is right now:- I’m getting fitter and stronger, I’m losing weight and cms, I’m meeting fantastic, inspiring, FUN people, I’m finding ways to exercise that I actually enjoy, and I’m feeling good about who I am. Sure there is a long way to go. I’ve signed up for Round 2 already so that I’m ready to start straight back into it when I get off the plane on Day 1 of Round 2. I even signed up to do intermediate exercise level on the next round! I’ve got 3 and a half weeks before I go overseas. I’m determined to make the most of that time. I’m also determined to keep up the exercise and keep on top of my nutrition as best I can whilst I’m away. This is who I want to be. This is who I am becoming. This is who I AM!