Thursday, February 17, 2011

Running

I started running again and I LOVE it! I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I finish my route. I used to run 2 miles every day up until I got pregnant with Ta. I stopped because he was the pregnancy right after my first miscarriage and I didn't want to take any risks (not that running is a risk, but when I'm pregnant, ANYTHING is a risk)! I am back up to 2 miles but I've only been running 3 days a week. I will add more days and probably go up to 3 miles as I build up my endurance.

I am trying really hard to lose 30 pounds, but really it's not so much the weight that I am focusing on as much as it is my dress size. I'd like to drop 2 sizes in the next 6 months, and I think that's pretty reasonable. I am embarking on a new area of ministry in my church, one that requires a "complete" person in terms of spiritual wholeness as the book of James puts it. I get my spiritual exercise through my bible, and I want to make sure I get in my physical exercise, as well. I will be counseling women, and running will afford me the opportunity to reflect on "stuff" without interruption. I also think running will help with the medical issues concerning my thyroid. At the very least, it can't hurt. =)

Along with running, I've been watching my portion sizes, cutting out snacks between meals, and just making smarter choices overall. But, I also enjoy sweets, especially chocolate, so I do allow myself to have a piece in the afternoon if I have a craving. To deny myself would be worse because then the craving gets stronger until I break down and binge. Plus, I am a stress eater so running will be my new outlet instead of chocolate. (Although I will admit, I am addicted to Craisins and will snack on those in the afternoon or evening- they are sooo yummy!)

I've also been getting out more with the kids, especially since the weather's been nice. We've been walking to places like the park or around my neighborhood (which is full of hills and is about a 1 mile loop if you stick to the old part, 2 miles if you include the newer homes). Th, Annie, and I also go running during the day as part of his physical education. Just kidding. About it being part of his physical education. We go because he loves to be wherever I am, and the fresh air is just too appealing sometimes. Those are advantages to homeschooling- the flexibility and time together it affords.

I even find myself thinking about running, anticipating when I can go again. If you know me, I mean really know me, then you know that's crazy! =)

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