Sorry I have been away so long. Life has been extremely hectic, with being back to work and Weight Watchers and my new discovery.
Two weeks ago, I hit my official 10 lbs. down at Weight Watchers. I did start the program prior to going to my first meeting. This week, I am down a total of 14.4 lbs at Weight Watchers, and a total of 22 lbs overall. I am amazed at how much different my body feels. It feels like it moves more fluidly and with an ease I have not experienced in years.
I have made an amazing self-discovery too...I LOVE RUNNING!!!!! (Thanks Melanie) For those of you that don't know, Melanie is my Weight Watchers leader and she just ran the New York City Marathon!!! I had gone out for a run back in May and ended up with extreme pain in my knees. I didn't think I was physically able to run, maybe I was just psyching myself out. But in the September, I ran the Tunnel to Towers Run, it was a 5k and although I had some difficulty running it, I managed to cross the finish line. Which brings me to the past few weeks, I have decided to give it a try again. So I went out and bought myself some toys (now lets get our minds out of the gutter).
And, I was ready!!! I couldn't wait to get home and run. It was 10:30 at night but I set it all up and ran 2 miles. It felt amazing, had it not been so late I would have ran farther. Being able to track my runs on the Nike website encourages me to push harder. I actually decided to join the New York Road Runners and even signed up for the Jingle Jog (4M) and in the spring I will be participating in a half marathon for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Now, the holidays were always my favorite part of the year. The food, the family, and the seasonal treats. One of my FAVORITE holiday treats is Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Candy. I have discovered that a serving of the candy (4 squares or 1/2 of a bar) is equal to 6 Weight Watchers pts. I have made the realization that, now that I am aware of and tracking everything I eat, I can eat a 1/2 of a serving and savor it and be satisfied. The old me could have scarfed down a whole bar and not even blink, and truth be told, not even enjoy it. I am so much more aware of the taste and texture now, and I truly believe that I enjoy it so much more. I have been doing this with everything I eat. And it has made a huge difference for me.
With all my goings on, and worrying about everything else, I have decided I needed to treat myself. I have been saving money for something just for me. I finally bought it last Friday and I have hardly put it down since...
The Nook Color is the most awesome thing I have every laid my hands on (next to my Nike +, of course)!!!!
Now on an ending note, I want to wish everyone (at least, those of you who celebrate it) a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. I will be laying low, cooking a dinner for the family, and I have already planned out my meal of that I can have a slice of dutch apple pie. I will also be taking a brief hiatus from running due to an accident that involves food shopping, a jar of olives, my boob, and 7 stitches!!!! Hopefully, I can resume running in 8 days!!!!