Hello! As I was writing this I was thinking back to when this post was basically all I would blog. On Thursdays after my Weight Watchers meetings I would recap how my week had gone and set out new goals for the coming week, trying to plan for any obstacles that might come up as well. So this is where I got my start and what keeps me motivated. Assessing my progress and planning for the next week are huge pieces of my ongoing healthy living success story. Whether you do it on pen and paper, via Facebook, talking with a friend, or a blog– spending some time evaluating and planning for succcess is key to losing weight and becoming more healthy.
Yes! I completed a 10 mile run yesterday. I felt so ridiculously strong and was even able to pick up my pace a bit at the end. It was nice to finish a run and not feel utterly exhausted! This was a scale back week on mileage and next week things get real with my longest run to date, a 15 miler! I’m actually kind of excited about it though—it’s exciting to push myself farther than I have ever before.
Just channeling my inner Kenyan!
I’ve been having lots of food cravings and eating like a beast. Mostly all clean and whole foods, but still I’m consuming a lot! I tracked my calories a few times this week and did everything the same as I would normally and was happy to see I came out right on target. So I’m eating a lot, but I’m burning a lot and the scale is still in a happy place.
Also this week I incorporated a neat thing in my long run: I put out a call on Facebook for prayer requests to pray over each mile of my run. I was amazed at the response I got from people I knew and didn’t know. As I ran and prayed over others problems, pains, and worries it helped me put my life in perspective and renewed my appreciation for all the gifts I have received from God. Leave me a message on Facebook if you’d like to be included on next week’s run—I’d love to pray for you!
In accordance with my increased purposefulness I have sought to create an actual meal plan as opposed to my normal “loosey-goosey” one. I still might go off it a bit, but hey, that’s called flexibility.
Sunday: Tacos (Nate and I eat tacos or Mexican every Sunday—now you know!)
Monday: Pizza night!
Tuesday: Swiss steak in the crockpot
Wednesday: Jerk Chicken
Thursday: Chicken Alfredo (I’ll probably try to health-ify and de-dairy-ify this recipe.I’ll let you know how it goes.)
Sunday: Active recovery: restorative yoga and/or walking
Monday: Strength Workout
Tuesday: 3 Mile Run
Wednesday: 7 Mile Run
Thursday: 4 Mile Run and Functional Circuit for Runners
Saturday: 15 Mile Run
I’m very excited and nervous for the 15 miler! The great thing is my group run is actually near my house! I normally have to drive 30-40 minutes to the meet-up spot which is perfect this weekend because my family is coming up to stay for the weekend in one of our camp’s condos on the lake.
SWEET!! Should be a fun and relaxing time just hanging out together! We are super blessed to have Josh McDowell (who is a pretty well known Christian author and speaker) speaking at our church on Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter too so that should be amazing!
What is one thing you are looking forward to this week?