There are quite a few deadlines coming up at work and I've been putting in a lot of hours trying to make sure we meet them and keep my clients happy. Been out of town quite a bit and when I AM home, working with our new dog is still very challenging and time-consuming. He's learning, but it takes TIME. Lots of it. Which is to say, my exercise routine is still pretty much on hold. I'm hoping the next few weeks will see a reduction in the work stress and less traveling, which will allow more time for working out.
I have a 5k this Sunday! EEK! I haven't run since Run the Woods (8K trail race), which, although I haven't posted a Race Recap, I can tell you it was very challenging! I remember about half-way through thinking, "wow, I really should have just signed up for the 5k. This is harder than I expected!" I did finish though. DFL, and happy to get to the finish line. I am LOVING my new age group, though. I got second place! HA! 20 minutes behind the first-place winner but I still placed! They give out really cool plaques too, rather than ribbons or trophies. Neat stuff.
But that was a MONTH ago! So yes, EEK! is the name of the game for this weekend. I guess this demonstrates a circumstance in which my strategy works. Rain or shine, ready or not, I'll be running 3.1 miles this weekend, because darn it, I PAID to do it!
One more thing before I rush back into work for today: a few weeks ago, I did something I have often sworn NEVER to do. I bought a "self-help" book. Now (i know my mom reads this, so ... um... sorry mom) it seemed to me that my mother bought and read followed the plans of many a self-help book throughout my childhood, and I developed a real aversion to the things. But I picked up the book that was recommended by another blogger whom I really respect (check out her Facebook page!) (and discussed periodically while she was reading it... I really got a feel for how this might be helpful to someone who thinks the way that I do...).
The book is "The Beck Diet Solution" by Dr. Judith Beck and is based in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I'm currently working on Day 5. The first step was to create a list of all of the reasons I want to lose weight and get healthy. And read them, twice daily. Before I head back to work, I thought now would be a good time for me to read those (especially after a Food Fail this morning), and I'll share a few of them with you:
- My husband will be proud of me, and I of myself.
- I will feel like I've accomplished something important.
- I will feel better and have more energy.
- I will be less self-critical, and happier when I look in the mirror.
- I will feel more in control.
- I will be a better, faster runner.
- I will feel ready to take on The Marathon.
- I want to look fabulous at my son's wedding!
- I will live long enough to play with my son's children and the children of my niece and nephews.
- I could learn to swim and do a triathlon.
Last word, one I've written down to read when I need help staying on track (or getting back on track) whenever I need it:
I am strong and in control.
I can manage what I eat to provide nutritious fuel for my body without overeating.
I will control what and how much I eat so that I feel satisfied and still lose weight.
So far, these are the good things I've gotten out of reading this book. I hope there are more to come as I keep reading.