I hope you had a beautiful weekend!
((P.S: Fun news to share this week!! Stay tuned!))
I got a run in on Saturday and Sunday! My first run in what feels like FOREVER. I was curious to see what a week of aquajogging and body-weight only strength exercises would do for me.
I felt pretty darn good! I ran outside on the snow-covered trails… it was silent, peaceful, and beautiful. My Nike GPS watch broke a few months ago, so I sent it back to the company and viola! They sent me a brand new one! So I tried it out on the run Saturday…worked great! I did 7.5 miles, and once I got a feel for how to run in the snow/ice, I was able to keep a pretty decent pace! It was only 13 deg when I started but luckily with no wind chill, it wasn’t that bad. (OK ya, it was freezing… but if you expect sub-arctic temps and only get arctic temps, it is like…”warm”).
You know when it is super cold and your eyes water the whole run? Well, my watery-eyes froze. Literally I had an icicle hanging off of my top eyelid (and a baby one on the bottom!) the entire run! I quickly snapped a pic at the end (obvi).
I headed to one of my favorite places in the world– Purdue University (my undergrad)– Saturday for the basketball game! It was so fun and I jump at any opportunity to go back!
Sunday I did 5 miles on the 800meter indoor track at my high school (the wind chill yesterday was ridiculous). It didn’t feel as good as Saturday’s run did… but I was happy to be out there!
Yesterday evening then I did 25 mins of a workout similar to my Wednesday leg-killer.
I had a great realization yesterday. I normally don’t think this and it is probably the #1 thing I struggle with in terms of my eating disorder. Body image. I never feel like I “look good” and I am constantly thinking that I should look better for the amount of exercise I do. I get crazy jealous when I see others who are stronger/fitter/skinnier/leaner than me. It is an exhausting way to live, let me tell you.
But last night… I was sweating in my sports bra and shorts after the little workout in my living room… and I thought, “Hey. Andrea. Look at you. You are lookin pretty good. No, seriously. Look. Your spine and shoulder blades are not protruding. You don’t look like the wind will blow you over. Your thighs touch and are nice and strong. You face is filled out and and no longer sunken in. You have the beginnings of a butt forming. BE HAPPY. YOU ARE LOOKING GOOD.”
This was a huge huge step for me! Now, as my doctors tell me…and I have experienced… the bad days are mixed in with the good days still… So I am not expecting to feel like this at all times. Heck, I may not even feel like this by tonight even. But the fact that I really did have these thoughts and feeling… well… I am thrilled and proud of myself.
On that note, I hope you ALL can look in the mirror today and see happiness, strength, beauty, wisdom, power, confidence, etc. Because it is there. Trust me. If I can find it, so can you 🙂
3 Things you did this weekend?
Coldest run you have ever been on? Was it miserable but fun!?!