New Years Resolutions – Week 40 Update

Fitting Into Vegan - Making TridesNo complaints this week. I had an awesome weekend, nothing big in the life happened, but I had a breakthrough … and it was awesome. I jogged. Like a 5k jog. The whole thing. It has been more than 2 1/2 years since I have jogged more than a mile at one time, and let me just say that it is embarrassing to admit. Like ashamed, not just embarrassing. But, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k was this weekend in DC and I was there. Thank goodness for inspiration! Here is my New Years Resolutions – Week 40 Update.

So this 5k was coming up quick and I was super nervous about it – even tried to give myself an out by telling an old friend I would be spending most of the 5k sightseeing and taking pics, so I wouldn’t have to be embarrassed if I didn’t actually move faster than a fast-walk. The 5k started at the Washington Monument then went around the Tidal Basin, along the Potomoc then I veered off past the Lincoln Memorial and the Korean Memorial then up the Reflection Pool then back to the Monument. Yes, I did stop to take some selfies but I jogged that whole thing. I took inspiration for that run, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, from my Aunt Betty who defeated that awful cancer twice, but lost her battle with another cancer last December. Almost a year now without her, and no I still am not over it. But she was watching me and encouraging me during that 30 minutes – just like she did when I was training for my half marathon in 2012. After every long run she would ask how many miles I did, how I was feeling, and was just plain proud of me. Many tears flowed thinking about her on Sunday; and some tears because of how confident I actually felt. It was an awesome morning, with me getting my running-confidence back. It’s been a long time in hiding.

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Washington Monument

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Me & the Tidal Basin & Jefferson Memorial

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Korean War Memorial

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Lincoln Memorial

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And this run was also something long-coming for me. When I lived here before, I lived in DC near Union Station so on weekends I sometimes would walk that same route, down the mall and over and around everything. I was always alone, and didn’t have the self-confidence to think that I could do more than a fast walk. I wasn’t a lot heavier, but it was only one year post gastric bypass surgery and I had not gained any self-confidence with the weight loss, just lost a lot of weight. Working out wasn’t a problem, but running was never really in any part of my head that I was capable of doing it. So. This was an important run, and not only did I complete that 5k around my old walking route, I also decided I had more left in me and jogged up the length of the mall to the Capital. I. Am. Awesome. Here are also some of the pics I took – it was an absolutely beautiful day – as you can tell. I took pics of my fave places and some selfies for my mom so she can see me seeing the city and know I am getting out and about. (My all-time favorite memorial is the Korean War Memorial, all because I am in love with Mash!)

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Reflection Pool & Monument

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Me & Reflection Pool

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World War II Memorial

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Making Strides

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For some reason I have had a great weight loss week; I say for some reason because I had randomly gained the weight – which I just thought was water weight and lack of gym time. But a hung on and kept me frustrated, but this weekend? Boom. It melted off and with it came a more positive outlook and a more careful eye on the food. I also have been keeping to my 4:30am gym times, so that has also helped kick those pounds to the curb. It’s awfully, awfully early in the morning but I do it. I get up like a little trooper. And then drink coffee … Like a lot.

So have you had an inspiring week? Or a breakthrough?

So now for the real update:
Weight & Inches
Total from Last Week: +4.2lbs, -.5in
Total from the 1st: -5.4lbs, -13in

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