I’m thrilled to announce that I officially made it past the 20 pound mark! I got my Aria scale this morning and it read 232.7 pounds (that’s actually 21 pounds, thank you)! Soon after my weigh-in I received an email from Fitbit congratulating me on my loss. It was a great way to start my Sunday.
I was then off to Whole Foods to buy my ingredients for various dishes I prepare in advance for the week. Shopping is much easier and faster since I only really buy meats, vegetables and fruits. I’m much more discerning than I have ever been about my produce selection. For whatever reason, it used to bug me when I experienced people examining a tomato or stalk of celery like a CSI agent. I’s think to myself, “Let’s go here! That tomato isn’t gonna start talking to you and tell you it’s fresh!” Why did that bug me anyway? It had nothing to do with me. Maybe deep down I thought they were doing something that actually mattered. Well, now I’m that person…well, sort of. I don’t expect my tomatoes to chat with me. It’s very much a ritual now. I go to the market early before the midday crowds arrive and scope out the best looking and freshest produce. I have even taken produce that is damaged problematic to the produce clerk. He always seem to appreciate that I take the time to do this.
I came home and prepared my large pot of chicken broth. I also grilled rosemary chicken, Japanese yams and roasted golden beats that I then cooled and tossed in a vinaigrette with garlic and minced parsley.
After I cleaned up the kitchen I decided to get out in the beautiful weather and soak up some sun. It was time to get some exercise and so I concluded that today was a good day to start getting back into running. It’s been a really LONG time since I took to the pavement. The last race I ran was in November of 2009 in San Francisco. So to be clear, I never really was a runner. I would run every now an then, but running wasn’t my thing. I used to run track in high school, but I was a sprinter. I have big muscular legs in comparison to the rest of my body. I can run really fast for short distances, but I’m simply not designed for long distance runs. It doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the challenge of a 5 or 10k. There’s something about running a course and crossing a finish line that is extremely validating to the soul.
My plan today was to start slow and prevent any injury. I wouldn’t overdo it because I knew I would pay for it later, so I ran a block and walked a block, ran a block…walked a block. I did better than I thought I would (self pat on back). However, I was totally bugged that my ear buds kept popping out. I snapped the picture in this post at the height of my frustration…anyway, I know that Apple’s ear buds are not made for jogging or running…so, if ANYONE can recommend a good pair, I would be much obliged. Thank you in advance!
I am proud of myself. I’m doing well with my plan to get healthy. Each morning I get up and choose to live a life of health and vitality. It’s never something I have to do do. It’s never something that is a must. It’s day by day and baby steps…and every baby step of the way I take the time to be thankful for all the amazing blessings in my life. This is a lifelong journey with many potential course corrections along the way. At this moment. the GPS in my soul is pointed in the right direction…here I go now…