Sore af

After the gym yesterday.

We did some light cardio, but we mostly go to lift weights. I worked my arms and thighs hard, and oooooooh my goodness…OUCH. Lol

I’m happy to report that I’m actually improving. I was able to do more reps on the bench this time. Woot!!

My running has improved as well. My endurance has increased, and I’ve gotten faster. Seeing these results is the best motivation.

Tonight will have to be just cardio though, because like I said…ouch.

treat yourself

Today is Day 7 of counting calories, and of my 30 Day Shred challenge. I’m down two pounds, and am feeling really great, both physically and mentally. I budgeted 170 calories for this McDonald’s ice cream cone, and it was so worth it. I’ve been craving it all week. ❤️

Back at it!

I promised my bestie that I’d restart Weight Watchers today, and so I did. I weighed myself and logged it. I had a banana for breakfast (0 points). In about an hour, I’m headed to the gym for another run.

I’m feeling good about running right now. The July 4th 5k has jump started a desire to run again. That race was so hard due to the heat, and yet I did fairly well, which has inspired me to keep pushing myself. Yesterday afternoon, at the gym, I ran 5k without stopping, which I haven’t done in years. I felt triumphant afterwards, and I want to hold onto that feeling.

Last night, D and I decided that we would sign up for the Flat Five, which is the first weekend in August. We did it a few years ago. I’m sure I’ll have to walk a chunk of it, but so what. I’ll probably do better than I think. I get competitive once I’m out there with all the other runners.

We’re also talking about doing the Go STL Halloween race this year. Who knows…maybe we’ll do the half-marathon next April.

I’m ready for this change. I missed running as a hobby. Now that my arthritis is more manageable, maybe I can pull this off.

just do it already

I want to buy a bike. I feel like bike riding could be my new thing, since my knees are too fucked to run much anymore. Why not set my self up for success?

I’ve also decided I want to be bolder with some of my fashion choices. Get outside of the box I’ve put myself in. I always see stuff I love on other people, but think: no, that’s not okay for me. And I’ve got to stop limiting myself in that way.

Examples?

Sleeveless tops and dresses: I think my arms look weird and awful, but that’s silly.

Two piece swimwear. Yes, you have a mom bod. Get the fuck over it. Your husband wants to see you half naked at the pool. You should own it.

Dangling earrings and hoops: I always think they look weird on me, but then I recently said fuck it, tried some that were way outside my comfort zone, and you know what…loved it!

Jumpsuits! Now hear me out…I think I’m going to buy something like this. Maybe even this exact one. It’s cute, right?

Because you know what?? I’m (essentially) 40 years old and I can and should be wearing whatever the fuck I want.

Take a deep breath and live a little, bitch. Let the haters hate. You’re gonna be living your best life. 🤷🏻‍♀️💯

The Shred

I decided to do Level One of 30 Day Shred this evening, and it was hard, but I feel really good about it.

Note to self: remember how good you feel mentally right now.

I wish my knees weren’t so fucked up, but I suffered through it. The results are worth it.