back on the wagon...
If you've poked around here a bit, you might know that I pledged to run a marathon back in December for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. And you also might have noticed that I said I'd post weekly updates on how the training was going. And maybe you noticed that I hadn't posted an update in a while.
I fell off of the wagon in a big way. Not just failing to exercise, but shoving my face full of any kind of junk food imaginable. My low point was asking the cook (with a manic gleam in my eye) at the Youth Center if she had any chicken fingers left--keep in mind that these are School-Lunch-Program, ultra-greasy, processed "chicken" shapes. With dressing. I wolfed those suckers down like an addict.
It all started innocently enough...two weeks ago, I had gotten the mother of all colds and quite literally couldn't breathe without the assistance of copious amounts of decongestant. For three days, I was shaky and wheezy and mucus-y, and I really don't think that trying to run at that time would have been the best idea. (I also managed to drop a large bowl of yellow mustard on my running shoes. The really smelly kind. Don't ask.) But then, I got better...and failed to start exercising again. By the end of the week, I had slid into all of my old (bad) habits. I was nabbing snacks with the kids (and eating the gross "meat" products instead of the fruit), eating seconds at dinner, having a chip or two or twenty while I watched the game...
Changing one's lifestyle is a road fraught with distractions--one wrong turn and suddenly you're back where you started. But I have a great cause to run for in both my husband and the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
So yesterday, I laced up my shiny new, mustard-free running shoes and got back on the wagon. And I'm running like hell to make up for the time I've lost.
posted by amanda @ 11:58 PM