To quote Forrest Gump: “Mama said they was my magic shoes.”
When I wear them, I feel like I can do pretty much anything involving exercise. Like I’m invincible.
Don’t ask me why; I just do. These shoes make me feel good. Good enough to put in a hard workout, like I did this morning:
I ran for part of my workout. I didn’t run after about the first 30 minutes because I felt a little twinge in my left knee, which is my bad knee. Not wanting to risk injury, I just walked really damn fast (for me) for the rest of the workout. I started to get tired about 40 minutes in, and I was only about 1.6 miles in, and I told myself that I could do it–I could get to the 2-mile mark, even if it meant I had to slow my roll to get there. I looked down at my feet, saw them moving fast, and just kept on until I got to the cooldown portion of my workout.
I did it. I did a little over 2 miles on the treadmill today, and a year ago, there’s no way I could have ever done that. Hell, 5 months ago I couldn’t have done it!
So that leads me to the next part of this post which is about positive self-talk. Last night I posted a composite of myself on my wedding day in my wedding dress with two photos of me wearing the same dress yesterday. One of my cousins had commented that I had changed so much and looked really good, and I commented back that yes, my face has changed but the turkey wattle that is my neck remains. One of my friends commented that she noticed that I was putting a lot of negative self-talk out into the ether lately and that I was doing myself a lot of good with all the hard work I’ve been putting in. I think this was a nudge to remind me to be gentle to myself and to be kinder to myself. That’s a hint I think I’ll take, because she’s absolutely right.
So here are some positive things I have noticed about the changes I’m seeing:
- I sat in a booth for the first time in a long time at dinner last night.
- I have eaten seafood five times in the past week.
- I resisted the chips and salsa at dinner tonight.
- I wanted to go get on the treadmill and get my 2-mile walk in this morning.
- I am drinking nearly a gallon of water each day.
That’s all I can think of at the moment.
Today’s eating was okay. I was short 5 grams of protein today but I’m not worried about it. I still got in 75 grams. My carb intake was higher than usual at 56 grams, but I did an hour of pretty vigorous exercise, so I think I’m okay there. Tomorrow will be better.