Walking After Midnight and The “Plan” Vs. “Reality”
The 5K last night took a little longer than I had planned. I really wanted to try to jog half of it, but I'm just not ready for that kind of endurance. I was really wanting to do it in about 35 minutes, instead it took the usual 47 or so. I guess I have it in my head that at a certain weight I'll just be able to naturally run without much trouble. Not true. I need to seriously consider the “couch to 5K” running plan. My body is so use to walking, it gets a little cranky when I try to jog for very long! I had zero choice about the 5K last night. I knew it had to be done, I had put it out there. I finished at 12:30am. When the schedule gets tight, it's too easy to just cut the workout down or even out, and that's something we can't do every day. It really goes back to reminding myself that I'm not where I want to be yet. I'll get there, but the consistent effort that brought me along this far mustn't be compromised. My consistency now depends on my ability to manage this schedule. I should never be out there walking after midnight, never. I should be in bed no later than 10:30pm, seriously. I've got some work to do on that.
It was only suppose to be an hour nap this afternoon. Yeah right! That hour turned into two and a half hours. Dinner time with Irene before her departure wasn't waiting until after a workout and I had plans for a haircut after that. The plan was: Nap, workout, blog, dinner, haircut, shower, play rehearsal, home and bed. Reality: Nap, more nap, still more nap, dinner, haircut, shower, play rehearsal, walking, blog writing. What about the whole “mustn't be compromised” thing from the previous paragraph? The walk tonight was very different than the 5K last night. I only did two laps tonight. Not great, but better than nothing. Yeah, “better than nothing.” That's what I always tell myself when I cut a workout short. I'm hard on myself, real hard. But I know me and sometimes I need to be forced to do the best thing. “Like sleep?” Someone shouted at their computer monitor. Yes, like sleep, you're so right.
I still run into people who are shocked at some of the items I allow into my calorie budget occasionally. In the beginning especially, but even today when someone ask what I eat, they seem shocked at the answer. But I'm telling you my friend, this “nothing is off limits” philosophy has been critical to my success. It's true, I've lost over 200 pounds eating whatever I wanted. The key? Portion control, portion control, portion control!
Diane at www.fittothefinish.com will be my next interview. I'm really excited about talking to someone who has kept off the weight for over a dozen years. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote!
Calories were slightly under 1500 today. Play rehearsal was awesome. I still can't believe it's me up there. It feels great. Just amazing! Thank you for reading, goodnight and...