Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February Progress!

It is February 25, and in this month alone, we have had 20 days of sub-zero temperatures.  The kids maxed out their snow days, our driveway is shrinking due to snow banks, and our family room ceiling has cracked and water has been leaking on the floor for the past week due to ice dams.

But Daylight Saving is next weekend, so Spring must be on it's way!

Since we last spoke about my health and fitness goals, I seem to be making some progress.  I still haven't stepped on the scale, I have a tendency to obsess about the number so I decided to forgo it and continue to let my clothing be my guide. My "larger" sized jeans are fitting much better (ex: I can button them) so the weight I gained after breaking my ankle must be gone.

Food wise I've had my ups and downs, my birthday in January plus Valentine's Day ended up with cake and chocolate on my kitchen table.  Now that it is Lent I've given up chocolate, which is what I usually do. I had a battle with a bag of BBQ Lay's chips, and ended up sending them to work with Mike to save myself.

I'm still eating my fruits and veggies, which has never been a problem.  I've been making soup on the days I'm not working, besides a great lunch, a bowl at four o'clock when the snacks are calling to me seems to help fight the hunger pains.  I do love vegetables, always have.  The other day Mike came home from the store with a cabbage, he saw it and thought I would like it. Who needs flowers? Nothing says love like a head of cabbage.

Next weekend is the Shamrock Run, which I'm really looking forward to.  Today I ran/slow ran on a high incline four miles on the treadmill, my longest post injury.  My last three mile run, I tweaked my knee on the same leg that has the ankle/Achilles issue, so I must still have some weakness there.  But today I felt great, rode the bike as well and did some planks and PT exercises.  Great day in the pain cave!

I tried out a new pair of shoes that I got from work, they are the Newton Kismet.  They aren't a true stability shoe like I usually wear, but my orthotics fit the shoe really well, and they felt great.  They have five lugs under the mid-foot, and end right before your toes.  It does take a bit of getting used to, my toes feel like I'm hanging off the edge of a box.

Plus they're pretty, and if you look closely at the above photo, Frank is practically standing on them.


Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I love that he brought you a head of cabbage! Your new shoes are pretty too. I agree the scale can make a person way too hung up on numbers. I like to go by how my jeans feel.

Teamarcia said...

So happy to see you up and running again! Yes the weather is foul. My 8th grader doesn't have to make up the snow days so she's on cloud 9. Pretty shoes! I just got off the mill in my Newtons!

Black Knight said...

Glad you are running again.
I also love vegetables, they are healthy and with no calories.
Take care and don't be in hurry, you have plenty of time to run as fast as before the injury.
All the best.

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Unknown said...

Good for you for finding exercise that you enjoy! And for not being so obsessed with the number that appears on the scale. I tend to fixate on the three little numbers that appear rather than celebrating in the obvious changes I see overtime when I put my clothes on. I found a good article written by Registered Dietician Sofia Abdelkafi that talks about how to make exercise a habit. You have definitely gone a good job of that already, but it helped me. You can check it out here: