First off, I have a 12-week plan to get to goal, as well as a six-week plan to get back down to 125 lbs. Which means I need to lose an average of about 1.5 lbs./week in the next six weeks to do it. This is going to be hard, but I am going to take it one day at a time and do what I can to get there. I have been doing extremely well the last few days, and I want to keep it that way. Knock on wood.
So, I haven't mentioned it yet, but I went ahead and signed up for the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! D: / :D I am super nervous. At this point, much more nervous than excited (hence the scurred face before the happy one), because I feel like physically I haven't really earned the right to the excitement yet and that being like LOL I'M RUNNING A MARATHON, GUISE would be jumping the gun a bit. Which I'd barely have the energy to do right now with just getting over these shinanigans (see what I did there?), but more on that in a bit. But yeah...I mean, anyone can pay for it...it's the training that is going to test me. So I'm trying to be humble and if I do great, great! If I struggle a lot...at least I didn't say I wouldn't. :p
The marathon is having its 20th year, so this will be a good year to do it! Here's the race course - just released yesterday - with a guided tour by Mickey Mouse himself:
I also signed up for the Galloway Marathon Training Program I told you guys about a while ago. My glass-half-empty side is saying "OK sooo three more Saturday mornings you get to sleep in until January?" But my glass-half-full side (yes Kitzzy, I have one, even though it's buried!) says, "Hey, maybe you'll be a morning person after all!" I mean, my plan at the moment is to use the early-Saturday runs to get my ass in bed at a reasonable hour on Fridays and then set the pace for the rest of the weekend, so that's good. It'll be nice to come home after the run, eat, shower, go back to bed (don't judge me), then wake up and be like WELL DAMN, I'M GOOD ON EXERCISE FOR A COUPLE DAYS. I will never say I love exercise, guys. Mark my words. I love feeling energized and being thin and healthy, but I love the indoors too much. I actually do hope that changes one day. We'll see.
Anyway, re: marathon training...I am excited about this journey, but very, VERY intimidated. You will all probably be seeing many expletive-laden entries come June...but hopefully when the heat/humidity lets up a little and my body gets used to running longer distances, I won't whine as often or as...loudly. Hah.
Now for the shinjury (I slay me sometimes) update...I am happy to report things seem to be all good! If I sprint, I still feel a little pain...but the slow runs actually seem to be helping. I did a 2-mile treadmiller on Tuesday and the same distance outdoors last night with my co-workers, and while my endurance has suffered over my two-week hiatus, my shin held its own. I should have some KT Tape coming in the mail any day (hot pink, of course)...I have a feeling it will not be my last order. Thanks again for introducing us, Kitzzy!
I bought Bob Harper's new book, The Skinny Rules, for my Kindle today.
I read a few chapters on lunch today. I love Bob - he has a way of communicating that is very real, down to earth, and honest. He is firm and straightforward but appealing - he makes you want to make him proud, lol. His rules are pretty common sense, but the kind of things I usually whistle and turn my head about - i.e. drink a crap ton of water, stop with the artificial sweeteners, eat protein at every meal, stop being a fast-food junkie. I hope to finish it this week. I'll keep you guys posted.
No updates on my brother yet. I sent him a scale and a food plan. I think he may be going shopping this weekend, but I am not going to meddle. He knows where I am if he needs to reach me.
One more quick thing - going to Jax this weekend for Josh's mom's birthday. We are stopping at Publix tonight before we get there, so I have what I want to get for dinner planned out, plus some PP budgeted for a glass of wine. Tomorrow I believe we're going to go to this place called Mimi's Café for lunch. Luckily it's a chain and I already have my meal planned out (thank the lord they have more healthy options than just salad). At night, Josh and Jeremy are going to cook dinner. Not sure what yet, but I'm going to make that WW maple-balsamic Brussels sprouts dish that Josh and I love, so I know I'll at least have that to fill up on. Sunday we might go to First Watch for breakfast, and I have an order there I always get that fills me up and is easily countable. Oh, and Josh and I are going on a 2.5-mile jog in the morning beforehand. I hope everything goes as smoothly as it sounds, lol. At the very VERY least, I want to hold myself accountable.
Hope you guys all have a great weekend!