(The left picture is not from 3 years ago, I think it’s from 6 years ago) This may not be a super fair comparison because that is quite possibly the worst picture of me ever taken 😆 and the new one is one of my better pictures, but it’s still a good reminder of where I came from, and what I’ve accomplished. I’ve been at this nearly 4 years now, and while I’ve obviously struggled, I haven’t given up!
8km today (longest run since October 🤦🏻♀️) putting my weekly mileage at 26km. Pretty good week for me! It’s just halfway through the month but I’ve already beaten November’s mileage, and am just a couple of kilometres away from October’s.
My first ugly Christmas sweater party! It’s a DIY theme, and I am a terrible crafter so it came pretty naturally to me to make something hideous 😅
I feel like I’ve been on the treadmill forever 😆 Originally I was using it because I was worried about my shins and felt the treadmill would be easier on them. Then we got a huge dump of snow and I was being a wimp and avoiding it. I planned on finally getting back outside this week but then it rained and I’m being a wimp again, avoiding the ice. Someday I’ll make it back out there 🙄 But I’m still here, slowly working on increasing my distance. Not sure what my 2019 plans are yet, but I’m enjoying running for fun right now.
Ice everywhere 😣 Rain in the winter is the worst! I managed to stay upright on my walk with the dog tonight, but just barely. I would take a foot of snow over a sheet of ice any day.
I’m still working hard at getting back on track, and still (finally) doing a decent job of it 😆 Two full weeks of keeping my eating under control, and a 7 week step goal streak. I also ran almost 24km this week 🙌🏼 It’s a start! I am determined to end 2018 on a good note.
My famous (in my house 😅) butternut squash soup. It’s probably my favourite soup ever, and everyone here loves it.
A slightly different take on taco Tuesday! Turkey taco chili. I actually make this pretty often and it’s a household favourite.
Today is the last day in what was a really good week for me. I worked hard on my nutrition and portions, and managed to stay on track every day 🙌🏼 I know that 7 days isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but it’s been great for my confidence, and I feel like I have a better sense of control. I also have made sure I stayed active, even when I couldn’t run, and have a 6 week step goal streak going. Things are looking up!
Golden Girls Christmas dinner tonight, and I make this picture comparison every year. I’m still struggling with my body, my eating, and just learning to love myself regardless of what I’m looking like, but I’m getting there. Dressing up helps!
TRUTH. I’ve shared this before but I needed a reminder that it’s normal for the road to get so bumpy at times.
A pain free run!! 🙌🏼 I planned on attempting 4km but it felt great so I kept going. (I had to run 5.5km on the treadmill because my Garmin was over a half km behind and I didn’t want to stop until my Garmin said 5km 😆). So happy 🎉
Neither of us particularly enjoyed this walk in the snowy darkness 😆 My dog is super anxious on leash and snow sets him off, so winter walks with him are an adventure. But at least it’s pretty.
Finally, some progress! It’s been about a week and a half since my last attempt to run (which was a big fail). I’ve been stretching, rolling, icing, and exercising my shins/legs every single day, and I also got new shoes. Today’s run attempt went much better. Shins weren’t quite 100%, but close. I kept it slow and stopped at 2.5km so I didn’t overdo it. I am so relieved! It’s only been a few weeks since my last proper run but it feels like much longer 😭
I’ve always loved big dogs. But I especially loved them today as the weight and momentum of my boy saved me from falling on my ass on the icy sidewalks multiple times on our 6km walk today 😅 Thank god I wasn’t walking our Pomeranian 😂
😂😂 I’ve been working really hard on my nutrition and portion control this week, and it’s been SO HARD. I had this totally under control a year or so ago but man is it tough now. I’m taking it one meal at a time, and just trying to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Shin splints update: another failed run attempt today 😭 My tentative plan is to take another full week off to rest, ice, stretch, etc and get some new shoes. I’m trying to be positive and feel grateful this didn’t happen while I was training, but I won’t lie, this has been difficult for me mentally.