Thursday, March 26, 2009

Have You Missed Me???

Today is a happy day for Eric...when he saw that I was sitting at the computer trying to log into my blog (and having a rough time doing so) he asked, "Are you going to post? Is the drought over? Has the silence been broken?" Well, I can't say that the silence will be all over. My time these days is limited and I confess that after sitting in front of a computer all day at work, I am not exactly interested in sitting in front of one when I get home.
So....Have you missed me? I won't bore you with all the details of my life since my last post, which was before Christmas. (A fact that Eric tossed out to me last week in a feeble attempt to get me back into blogging) I will say that I have been concentrating my efforts on my walking/running goals. I am proud to say that after the holidays, I really got down to business. Even though it was cold outside, I was walking the miles on the inside. In February, I set a goal to walk 100 miles. I didn't quite make it, but with some crunching the last week of the month I did manage to eek out 90 miles.
Of course the weight loss is going slow, but I feel better. In looking at my calendars from last year, I don't know what I weighed this time last year...(I was too frustrated to even step on the scale--another story for later). I am proud to say that I am down 26 pounds from my weight in August of last year, which is when I started weighing myself again. To me that is huge, though some days I wish it were more. Then I tell myself..."Sylvia, you aren't gaining and this is a good thing."
I am thankful for the spring. The past two weeks have been amazing. I have been able to get to the park and walk outside. I have even been running--slowly--but running. Maura has been such a good trainer--she is tough, but kind--forceful, in a nice way--She makes me want to do better and as any good trainer, she pushes me to do things I think I can't. The picture above is from one of our first times running. It felt great!
As we were at the park today, I was nursing a blister on my toe, so we didn't run until the end of our 2.5 mile walk. She made me run farther than I thought I could. As I was nearing our finish line she commented on how great I will feel when I am 20 pounds lighter. Now there is a mental picture!
I am thankful for her. I am thankful that we have set our goals to do this. The Flying Pig is our first event this year. I am walking/running the 5k. My long range goal is to be able to walk/run the Thanksgiving Day 10k. I can totally do it. What a blessing it is to have a healthy, strong body! I am thankful to Heavenly Father everyday for my body. Growing up as a fat kid, I never thought I would feel that way or do anything like this. Heavenly Father really will make our weaknesses into strengths if we will humble ourselves. I know this to be true--but that is a story for another post. Thanks for reading...I'll try to be better about posting because I know you care.