I had "one of those days". Now before I expound upon that, I want to make a bet that every person reading this automatically is thinking that I had a bad day, a frustrating day or has somehow assumed that there is a negative connotation to those words I have in quotation marks. One thing I have learned along this long and winding road, you have to learn to redefine things and how your perceive them. For example, I now can look at a plate of food that would have seemed to me to be an intermediate amount of food, and think it is a lot of food now. I can now think about a Burger King Number 1, and think, wow, that is so not good. I can now be 15 minutes into a good jog and think "ok, just 15 more minutes till I am done". These are great things to realize. And that is the basis for my claim that "I had one of those days" in this post. It was one of those days where I can see that all the hardships and difficulties that I endured in the beginning, the going against my "instincts" and changing my eating behaviors, my activity levels, and my attitudes towards both are really starting to show off in spades the huge amount of benefits that come from making the huge changes needed to be successful in this journey we have all taken on. For example, I had a great jog. Seriously, it was so satisfying. Apart from having to do it on the treadmill, it was heavenly. I have been working on jogging on an incline for 2 miles straight, no stopping or turning down the speed or incline. Yesterday, I did it! I went 5 mph on a 4 incline for a full 2 miles!! I also had just a phenomenal eating day. On target all day long. I also had some non-regimented activity by going out and pushing Lauren up and down the big hill in her "sled" which was really a laundry basket. It was fun and certainly not something I could have done 7 months ago. Just saying. I also got to wear my size 34 pants yesterday!! I am shocked that the reality is I could eventually be a size 32!! To keep adding, I also got a second workout in, although at much less intensity, because as I have talked about, I am in major push mode to try to get to One-derland!! I hit a weight loss workout on the treadmill, albeit one of the easier ones, just to make sure I was in a decent calorie deficit for the day. All of these things, everyone of them, were only distant hopes on July 16, 2010. Stuff I dreamed of happening one day, was only marginally confident that I would be able to achieve. Seriously folks, it is all worth it to get to this point! And having "one of those days" also helps me look even further into the future. Like for example, I have lost good deal of weight, that is a know factor to ya'll. but I am having skin pooling issues on my belly. ONe thing I have noticed though is that as I keep jogging and my abs begin to get in better shape, that skin pooling is getting better. In fact, I can barely even get two hand fulls now like I could a month ago. I think what is happening is that as my ab wall tightens, it just keeps pulling my skin up and in with it. Plus I drink tons of water and that keeps your skin more supple, rather than saggy. So now I am dreaming of next year this time, my skin starting to look more normal and the possibility of a shirtless appearance in summer 2012!!!!
Well I have a little girl that is dying to get some snow man making and snow bike riding in today, so I better get off here and see what needs to be done before we get out there and freeze our hineys off.