Okay, so the good news is that the scale needle is moving again, thank goodness:
OK, so happy Wednesday, everyone! Well, kinda happy. I am running, I am eating better, and this week we have another stall:
The good news
Last Saturday I ran my first 5K since my eye surgery! It was not at all my best time – not even close – but I still loved the experience and was so grateful for being able to run again, to have my vision still (most of it), and to still have the desire to get out there! I am running one again this Saturday and will surely beat last week’s time…
The not-so-good news
My Wednesday Weigh In yesterday is nothing spectacular – I am actually up a pound, and I’m not sure what that’s about. I’m not too stressed about it though – if I still don’t see any decrease next week I’ll reconsider what I’m doing and see where I can fine tune my eating/working out.
Since I’m returning to running after recovering from my (second) eye surgery, I’m readying myself for the race season. I’m very excited because entering races means I’ve gotten back into shape after the long period of bedrest/head-down recovery.
This season, I’m doing a lot of research into the mental aspect of competing or what many people refer to as ‘sports psychology’. I think endurance sports are rife for results based on what our brains are telling us. Attitude certainly must give us an edge, if it’s the right attitude.
It’s a huge subject, and I’ve only scratched the surface with my research, but here are some things I’ve learned so far:
1) Don’t operate on fear. Fear of failure prevents me from doing my best at anything. Thoughts that are based in fear will psyche me out. Instead, focus on desire or what you want to happen. For example, instead of thinking to yourself, “Don’t come in last – don’t make a fool of yourself!”, replace this though with “Start strong, but finish stronger!”
2) Keep thoughts positive. Any negative thinking has the potential to affect my physical feeling. When a negative thought comes into my head, I need to quickly ‘reframe’ it (popular psychology term) or think it with a positive spin. For example, instead of saying to myself that I am going to slowly, I can say to myself ‘I have the energy for a strong finish’.
3) Beware comparison. When I compare myself to slower runners, I may feel better for a moment, but there are more runners that are faster than me then those that are slower, so comparison is the ‘junk food’ of motivation. Instead of thinking that I will never be as fast as the woman who medaled during a specific race last year, I can instead observe her performance and say to myself, ‘I can medal as well, with the right amount of effort.’
I am out of the stall, ya’ll!
And I am so excited – I am running my first 5K since my eye surgery this Saturday! It has been work to get back in shape after being laid up for so long. I will try to take pictures!
I live in a small Texas town, so bike commuting to do errands is a very tempting way to workout and hone the ‘to-do’ list at the same time. However, I really don’t want to ride on our 6-lane road through town – I’d like to take the quiet back streets. Being a car driver I’m not that familiar with the back streets though – where do I start?
Ah, technology to the rescue – there’s an app for that! Here’s a few apps to get you on a safe fitness route:
1) Bike Maps (IOS, Android, Windows Phone). Search by keyword or address for destinations to plan biking routes. $1.99
2) New Route (IOS, Android, Windows Phone). Lets you plan routes for cycling, walking, running, or driving. You can plan your route via search or by tapping start points and end points on the map. The app will also tell you distance covered by your route. Free
3) Route Planner (IOS, Android, Windows Phone). This app accounts for changes in elevation when planning your run, bike ride or car trip. It also allows you to plan for intermediate stops and to send your routes to your contacts. 0.99
Wait, wait!! Late breaking news… after the big run, I weighed myself before I got in the shower and it said 169!! Woot!!
No big loss. I don’t mean that in the I’m-secretly-glad-that-didn’t-work-out way, I mean this week there is no weight loss to report. Ugh. I know this is part of the process, but it’s fun to report another drop!
Ironically, I have a BIG run to do today (see my C25K post about my return to running), so there will be calories burned today!