Tuesday, June 21, 2005


Mr Scale God. I'm sorry. I'm sure it wasn't your fault that I overindulged on vodka and then got bloated. I will be less hasty in blaming you in future, I promise.

Back down to 99.2kg today, which is far more respectable than the 100.5kg I saw yesterday. This is what I like.

Not as much as I like three or four other things from today though.

First of all, the biggie. I ran 10km on the treadmill today! With two weeks to go before the Race for Life (and don't forget to click on the links at the side of the page if you want to sponsor me), I was hoping to be able to run a little over 5km by now, to give me a bit to spare on race day. I'd call 5km a bit to spare! The first time I ran 5k I felt like I was about to collapse. I never dreamed that I'd be able to run twice as far as that within two months. I never dreamed I'd be able to do it at my weight. I'm no slim, toned athlete after all. I still weigh well over 200lb, but I can do it. And I'm so proud of that. For the record I managed the first 5k in under 32 minutes, then slowed down a bit to record a time of 67 minutes for the whole thing. To put it into perspective, if I'd run at the pace I did my first 5k it would have taken me 69 minutes, so not only did I run twice as far, I also did it at a faster pace. i didn't even get horrendous blisters, and I'm so happy!

Secondly, I realised that with all that exercise I probably needed to eat a bit more today than normal. But instead of heading to the chocolate machine as a treat (because you'd better believe that I'd earned a treat after that run), I headed to the posh sandwich shop for a very virtuous fruit smoothie. (We will ignore, for now, the fact that it may have been accompanied by just a little chocolate too. I went for the smoothie first, therefore it's the smoothie that counts...).

I went shopping. I'm definitely a size 18 now. I picked up a pile of clothes in size 18 and they all fit. There are still a couple of things in that size that I try on and are a bit tight, but the vast vast majority of things I try do fit, and I can happily leave the size 20 stuff on the rack. I just can't wait to be able to reach for the 16 with a little hope that it might fit!

And veggies. This is possibly the biggest thing I've done for myself since I joined the gym last July. Since the victory over lettuce on Thursday my attitude to vegetables has changed overnight. Before I'd eat the veggies I likes, and avoid everything else. I couldn't make myself try new veg. I'd buy them, but I wouldn't eat them. I don't know whether I was scared or unambitious or what, but they wouldn't pass my lips.

But since the salad I've tried four or five new veggies, and not been ill yet. Aubergine, cabbage, spinach, carrots (yes, I know, it's pathetic I didn't eat it before) and a couple of other things I can't remember. I didn't necessarily like the recipes they were all in, but I coped with them all well enough to believe that I might give them another try in another recipe.

So I'm positive again. I'm back on track, and my blip from last week was just that. A blip. Not a sign of failure, or a sign that I'd end up putting all the weight back on. Just a blip, and I'm over it. I'm still having a relaxed cheat week next week, but I'm far more confident that I'll come back more motivated than ever.


Blogger Portuguese Washwoman said...

Hello there! Just wanted to let you know that I stumbled across your blog and have really enjoyed reading it. You're quite an inspiration for me, and I think you're handing your health journey with admirable sanity and grace.


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