Why I Didn’t Step On The Scale This Week
It all started with giving into my runger (intense hunger brought on by a run!) on Sunday after I ran hard at the Women’s Fitness Festival 5k. It just kind of never stopped all week. Everything I ate was technically healthy but my calories consisted of mostly carbs such as crackers, pretzels, bagels, and breads. This led to me being a bloatmonster all week. I say that as light-heartedly and jokingly as possible 😀 Honestly though, I was seriously bloated and it effected my runs and emotions. On my runs, I couldn’t even make it 1 or 2 miles without taking walking breaks and I just felt sluggish. My emotions were up and down. I’d feel great after running but around the mid-afternoon point, I’d feel really down. In these down moments, I would start doubting myself, my weight loss, my running abilities, my blogging abilities, my parenting even! What boggles my mind is how FOOD can make me feel this way. I’m proud to say that when I had these doubts, I would think about kind words people have said to me, accomplishments I’ve achieved, how far I’ve come on this journey, etc. I refused to give in to these self-doubts. Mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health. To take care of myself in that way, I did myself a favor and didn’t step on the scale all week. Here’s a rundown of my workouts:
Instead, I tried to focus on non-scale victories. For one, I kept up on my run streak for #StreakingwiththeCOOLKIDS! I may have felt sluggish on some of those runs, but I still got out and did my miles! I changed up my running locations a lot to get different items for my running scavenger hunts!
I’m also only one item away from completing my local Moms Run This Town chapter’s scavenger hunt! I need a golf course so I’ll be heading to the Air Force Base here in the next few days to run there and get it. Running is going to be so boring when I’m not tracking down sights haha!
One milestone I achieved this week was my furthest run to date at 6.2 miles. I had known a week in advance that I wanted to attempt this distance so I created an event in the Moms Run This Town Facebook group inviting women to join me on Saturday morning. Despite the bright (well…dark) and early start time of 5:00 A.M., five of my fellow running moms showed up!
I don’t think I would’ve run the whole distance if not for them. During mile 2, I kept considering turning back and only doing 3-4 miles because, once again, I was feeling sluggish. I pressed on and I’m so glad that I did! I ate an energy gel packet during mile 4 to be sure I had enough fuel to finish the run. I didn’t expect it to have the great effect that it did which was adding a pep in my step during the last 2 miles! I seriously felt a jolt of energy and ran miles 5 and 6 the fastest. Here are my splits:
My goal had been to keep a 12 minute per mile average pace and I ended up with 11:35 which made me feel great! This run made it clear that I’ll have no problems training up and running a half marathon in October!
Unfortunately, part of this amazing run was on an unpaved trail and I took a weird step that has caused some foot pain. I’ve been taking measures to heal it so hopefully it will clear up fast and I don’t have to take a break from running. I really don’t want to jeopardize my run streak or my goal of running 65 miles in June.
Another non-scale victory I celebrated this week was being featured in the online magazine Allegory Ridge! They reached out to me on Twitter saying they had found my blog and wanted me to write a personal essay about my weight loss for their website. I was honored and excited to have this opportunity to tell my story! If you haven’t seen it, take this link and give it a read.
Overall, it was a week full of things to feel good about! It’s unfortunate that my eating caused me to feel the opposite but I’m taking charge. I refuse to give up and let all my hard work go to waste. We all make mistakes, fail, and fall down and I’m going to get back up, brush myself off, and keep going! As I’m writing this, I have a notepad ready to make a grocery list for a clean eating plan. I need a nutrition overhaul! I think I’m going to try this 31 Day Plan from FitFluential. What do you think? What’s your favorite clean eating plan or recipe? Share in the comments below!
Have a great week, everyone!