We are having some really crazy bi-polar weather in Houston lately. One day it can be freezing cold and the next day you're wearing shorts. Today is very warm. Hot, actually.
But my snowcone man (why, yes, I do have my own snowcone man) told me in October that we were going to have a mild winter. So far he's been correct. Not only can he predict the weather but he makes an excellent snowcone for only $1. :)
Today was week 2/day 1 of half marathon training. I had to walk 3 minutes/ run 1 minute for 32 minutes. I finished it off by walking until I got to my 5K. So I'm slow.
I've been having little mental debates (please tell me I'm not the only one who does this) about running and speed. I want to be as fast as the other cool running bloggers but I'm slow as molasses in January. That's slow!
I've thought: maybe I can work up to their speed. Maybe I will be able to run the whole distance of races like they do. Maybe, maybe, maybe....if I only work hard enough.
I've also thought: there is no way I can do what they do. I'm slow and I'm not sure I want to run an entire endurance race.
So many conflicting thoughts. I've decided to make peace with myself and stop trying to compare my results (she can run a 5K in 30 minutes but it takes me an hour?!) with everyone else's. Let me be absolutely honest here: I'm doing it for the swag. If there were not tee shirts and medals involved I would not be doing this.
For now, I'll be happy doing my walk/run ratios at whatever speed may come. It's my race against me. No one else. If at some point the walk intervals seem too easy I will change it up to where I run most of the time and walk a little. That's not the case for now.
Instead of being ashamed of my times I will be proud that I'm actually out there doing something. And just that thought takes a great deal off my shoulders. It's so dangerous to compare ourselves with others. It can rob you of happiness in your accomplishments.
Calorie intake has been perfect. Yesterday I think I could have gotten pornographic with a cupcake but I resisted. I did buy some beautiful cupcakes but I have not touched one. I have some Dove Dark Chocolate Promises that are great for the ole sweet tooth. I also had three dried apricots at 50 calories and that totally satisfied my sweets cravings.
For dinner last night I made some zucchini noodles (see a couple of posts down if you don't know what those are) and topped it with pasta sauce. Two huge cups of "noodles" covered in sauce with a side of "lite" garlic bread. It was freakin' awesome! I felt like I was being bad with my calories. Chuck even had his with the zucchini and went back for seconds.
I like to steam mine covered in the microwave for a few minutes just to make them a little bit softer. Drain, salt and cover with pasta sauce. That's it. It tastes good and it's good for you. Try it.:)
I tried on a pair of Rachel's shorts and they fit! Size 14. Holy cr*p! I can't remember the last time I saw 14. I think it was right after Charlie was born. 10 years ago? It's been a while. I still have a belly pooch (pouch?) so I wouldn't wear them in public but it's still nice to know I could get them on.
That also means my brand new beautiful expensive jeans from Coldwater Creek won't be fitting for much longer. Oh well. Maybe a person in bloggerland will want some barely used size 16 jeans soon.
I stayed up as late as I could to see the lunar eclipse last night. Finally I had to go to bed. The kids stayed up and woke me up when it finally started to happen. Very cool stuff.
You have yourself a wonderful Tuesday. Only 4 more days until Christmas!