Good morning all! Hard to believe that today will be my last run before the big day. Getting a little excited, a little nervous, but mostly I'm ready to do this thing!
This weeks goal, as far as the scale is concerned, is for that number to not go up. I've read about the dangers of weight gain during a taper. Since I've been gaining wait while running full mileage, I was a scared about what would happen when the mileage started to decrease.
How did I fare? Let's take a look shall we?
Last week: 137
This week: 136.2
Nothing to turn cartwheels over, but I'm definitely pleased. This week I'm not focusing on weight loss, but rather properly fueling for the race. Each dinner that I've planned has included at least one good form of carbs. Monday night was mashed potatoes, last night spaghetti, and tonight we're going to be having stir-fry and rice.
Yes, the stir-fry was strategically placed. I didn't want the sodium to make me retain fluids and help me record a gain for the week. But I also want that sodium gone before race day!
I haven't done so well on cutting out soda consumption, but I'm still working. I was soda free for 2 days, then the New Years hit. I was soda free for 2 more days, but then the stress of my bathroom remodel caused a meltdown and I decide to have a coke at lunch. What that does mean, is that I have only had soda 3/7 days this past week. That's pretty good progress for the girl who was drinking one a day.
I'm also learning that the more critical I am of myself, the more poor the choices I make. Those days I caved in and had a coke are done and over - nothing can be gained by dwelling on them. I can however gain encouragement and momentum by congratulating myself on 4 days this week soda free.
Another example? I saw a slight loss this week. I also forgot my lunch today. That small (but significant) loss will probably mean the difference between me running out and grabbing fast food, and settling for the can of chicken noodle soup in my food drawer at work.
What are the little things you've done this week to help encourage you?
(Sorry still no "before" pictures. I keep forgetting until I'm snuggled in on the couch. And with inside the house temps of 60 degrees, its hard to find a good reason to come out from under my blankie.)