So I started a Couch to 5K with my friend Sam 5 weeks ago. Day one we were huffing and puffing and tonight we ran and after 2 miles and my best pace yet, I was still able to carry on a conversation. I don't want to be braggy or go on and on, but you guys, this is a big deal for me and Sam and I am so proud of us! Sam just had a baby 2 1/2 months ago and I was just so out of shape it was embarrassing!
I want to be healthy. I started with changing my diet to paleo...and I am proud to say that I am still going strong. Sean is too! And I have a meal once every week or two that is not paleo...and that's ok. I am back at it the next day. I only cook paleo and only have those "cheat meals" when we got out. And I feel good...the running has really helped that as well.
It has been so amazing to have a running partner and I could have never done this without her. We were in the same place...we both are running at the same pace and we motivate each other. It's such a blessing! We balance each other out...it seems as though when I am not feeling it, Sam is there to push me. And when she isn't feeling motivated, I am there to push her. It's incredible how far we've come in 5 weeks! We can't wait to run our first 5k together!
As far as an update for our Paleo diet. There isn't a whole lot to report aside from the fact that we're still going strong! :) I made the most amazing Paleo Pumpkin Spice Granola the other day which we are enjoying and we are thrilled that it is now "soup season" because there are tons of yummy paleo soup recipes that I am looking forward to making! I am trying 2 different soup recipes in the next week or so. Can't wait!
And I STILL haven't weighed myself! I have no desire to. I am noticing a difference in my clothing and honestly, the number doesn't matter to me. I want to be healthy, I want to FEEL good and I want to feel good about myself and how I look...and I want to look better. Not going to lie...I want to feel good in my clothes...and I want to decrease the size of my clothes! I am working on it hard and get so excited when I notice in a piece of clothing, but I have a long way to go!
I am going about this so differently than I ever have before though and I attribute much of that to the fact that I'm not weighing myself. It's a marathon, not a sprint. I want to lose weight the right way...the healthy way. I don't expect to be 3 sizes smaller in one month, but I would LOVE to be 3 sizes smaller in one year! :) And rather than my goals being a number on the scale, I am goaling myself in other ways...a quicker pace on my mile, working out that extra day in a week than I want to, fitting into the jeans I wore LAST winter, this winter. Realistic goals I think.
Right now, I am feeling motivated, I am feeling more motivated than I even did in the beginning of trying to get healthy. I am determined to do this. I don't even really know what my ultimate goal is...and I like that I don't have a final goal. I guess I just don't want to stop, I want to keep pushing myself. I am running 2 miles a few times a week now, so once I am running 3 miles a few times a week, I want to start trying to go farther. Maybe I'll try and do a 10k next year. Who knows! Once I get bored with the food I am making, I will find new clean, healthy recipes. This is my plan. I have always struggled in the past to stick with my healthy kicks and make them a lifestyle change...I want to do it this time. I want to succeed! Pray for me...I don't have the best track record! ;) Ha.