I never thought I would see this day! The aqua therapy and physical therapy has paid off (as well as the surgery). My leg and back are pain free. Yesterday at my last physical therapy appointment I hopped, skipped, jumped and ran on the treadmill for 2 minutes! Pain Free!!! I never thought I would hear myself say the words: "I ran". My recovery time for this surgery was a lot tougher than the surgery I had last year. It feels like I can start to move forward.
Unfortunately during my recovery time for comfort I've done a lot of eating. When I was actively exercising/running I would get a runners high. I think that was a big help to keeping me on track with my eating. The endorphins gave me a comfort high. However when I feel stress and lack of control and running isn't an option I tend to gravitate to food. Food and the pleasure of eating it is something I can control. Unfortunately there is a down side and that is weigh…
It's been a little over 3 years (January 2010) since I started my weight loss journey. I reached my goal weight in May of 2011 (135 lbs). Since then it's been a yoyo and my trend had been going up over the last several months. My current weight is 150 lbs (I was 155 but lost 5lbs over the last few weeks). My goal is to lose the weight I put back on (20 lbs) plus an additional 5 lbs for a weight loss of 25 lbs in total. It's so hard keeping the weight off!!
The strategy I'm now doing this time is different. I've decided to follow Jillian Michael's weight loss program instead of continuing on with Weight Watchers. I lost the 80lbs on Weight Watchers and the program served me well. It forced me to look at portion size, calories (with old points system), fiber, carbs, fat and protein (with the new points plus system). It changed the way I looked at food. Instead of processed foods I focused on eating a variety of whole fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains and low …
Yesterday was the Surftown Half Marathon and it was a beautiful run! It was a flat run by the ocean in Westerly/Watch Hill, RI. The views were beautiful and the weather was in the 50's (at 7:30am) and it was sunny. Perfect running weather. Not too hot and not too cold. There were approximately 800 + runners so it wasn't crowded.
The gun went off and my running comrades and I started off at a fast pace (much faster than my normal pace). After four minutes was our one minute walk break and when we started running again we went a little bit slower. I wanted to finish strong and not burn out before reaching the finish line. At one point during the race we switched our intervals to run three, walk one.
The course took us along a a beautiful view of the ocean and through some really nice neighborhoods. Some of the residents were outside in their bathrobes cheering us on as the smell of bacon filled the air as some where in their homes cooking up their morning breakfast.