No I don't have a new job to celebrate. No I didn't weigh in a day early and see awesome results. No I didn't win the lottery thus being able to run all the races, drink all the beers and collect all the medals. No I didn't become a Run Disney ambassador (but that would kick ass). None of that.
Today I am celebrating some tiny yet major victories! Yes I am keeping that oxymoron there... deal! :P
Let's Do It!
1) I did NOT emotionally eat today. Woo hoo!
This was definitely what I wanted to do from the moment I stepped out of the house. Thursdays are my early day (up before 5am) to get to work. Thursdays are my busy WW day with 3-consecutive meetings in the morning and Personal Coaching calls all night. I love the day (super rewarding), but it is a jam-packed one. So on Thursdays I need to bring a plethora of healthy snacks to keep myself on track while running around Boston. On Wednesday nights I put together the items that don't need to be refrigerated then just add fruits & yogurt as I walk out the door.
Well this morning I walked out the door and forgot to grab said bag of healthy snacks and my water bottle (which is like leaving a limb at home). Noooo..... Now this is not a live or die moment, but I was already emotionally sensitive (thanks getting my period today) and anxious (not sure why). We follow-up leaving my food at home with the credit card machine not working at the T, me almost missing the train & technical difficulties at work and we have one frazzle over-tired Dani.
So when I walked into Dunkins to get my coffee this morning the 10 PPV donut was screaming my name. I don't mean quietly I mean megaphone and all. I looked at the donut then I looked at my phone (lock screen is a picture of me finishing my first Half Ironman last year) and I got determined to stay on plan and NOT emotionally eat.
What did I order? I grabbed my coffee (1PPV), a banana (0PPV) and an extra water. Boo ya! I felt like a BOSS.
2) I had one of those runs this afternoon that could've gone on for hours and hours. It was like all the stars aligned. I was feeling good, no wardrobe malfunctions, the weather was cooperating and I was doing some serious positive self-talk. I was also taking that opportunity to work through what is causing me to be so anxious lately. While I do not have an exact answer, I know what I need to change to start the healing.
I'm telling you folks I came home a complete different person that had left less than 43 minutes earlier. Plus I ended it with chocolate milk - what could be bad about that?
3) Thanks to #ThrowbackThursday I took a moment to appreciate the success I have had fitness wise since having back surgery.
This picture is from my first post-back surgery half marathon: Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon 8/4/11. I remember having back surgery 1/28/11 & the doc saying no more running again. There were many reasons that he came to this decision, but one of the main ones was lack of strength left in my left leg from the sciatica and a damaged nerve (it was cut by the herniated disc) in my back that controlled the left side of my leg.
Well I had to prove him wrong. Are we shocked? Once I was cleared for full activity (June 2011) I started training. I ended up setting a then PR of 2:12:15. It was one of the best days of my life!
Many ask me how I push through training for the spring marathon during the tough Boston winter and it is an easy answer: I can't take running/training/moving for granted. Having that back injury/surgery brought that thought to the forefront of my mind and it is permanently there. For a little over 5 months the most I could do was walk to work (10 min) and even that was painful and ill-advised. Okay okay maybe some day I will get better at listening to doctor's orders. :P
But either way I cherish and appreciate every chance I have to toe a Start Line. Heck I am lucky to even be able to register for race. Okay I am happy to lace up the sneakers and hit the pavement. Not everyone is.
What victory did you have today?