First of all, thank you Jinx, Ida, and the Incredible Shrinking Mom, for your kind comments yesterday. As Jinx has said, they mean more to me than you know. An encouraging comment can often be the just the thing to turn slip ups into victory. You ladies are awesome.
Today the temp is 25 degrees, but the wind is low so I will be going out on the road. Today is a strength day so I will be taking my weights with me. I'll do core work later on tonight.
Yesterday I went shopping with Anna and looked at some new clothes. Nothing like a trip to the fitting room to give you a good dose of reality. It can either depress the heck out of you or can spur you on to staying the course. I have decided on the latter. It's easy to fool yourself into thinking things aren't all that bad - especially when all you ever see in the mirror is from the neck up. I miss the old me. I need to bring her back. She's still here, somewhere inside, buried under the layers of buffer that I have allowed myself to accumulate. The current me is not how I see myself and it is a bit depressing to get a glimpse, every now and then, of what other people are seeing. But I also can't focus on that. I get overwhelmed by the bigger picture - so I am just concentrating on my immediate goal. That is more than enough to keep me busy.
Up 1.8 from last Monday
Workout type: Walk/run
Route: Deadend/Walter's Woods/back
Time: 32 minutes
Average HR: 126
Maximum HR: 142
Calories burned: 271
Temperature: 25 degrees
Total calories: -
Challenge for the day: Staying the course - just for today - please
Goal for April 1: 229
I got out on the road at 10:40. I was hoping to get out earlier but a couple of phone calls came in that couldn't wait until later. The walk/run was nice. I didn't take my weights with me so I still need to get a strength training session in. It was breezier than I thought and so the trip toward the east was pretty chilly as that is where the wind was coming from. I have 2 dogs to contend with now on the dead end. They look like Dobermans but may be Labs. I'm not sure. The bigger one barks a lot but doesn't leave the yard. Usually putting my hand up and shouting "stay" or "it's okay" calms him down. The lady who lives there lost her husband recently and I'm sure this is a security measure for her. Dogs usually get used to seeing me after a while. All the more reason for me to be consistent with workouts.
At the deadend by the highway, I was checking my HRM and stepped into a rut and jolted my back. I'm hoping that's not going to be a problem. I have noticed some cracking in my back lately which is probably arthritis. I am going to have to be vigilant about stretching too.