*I got some weighted gloves to use in my kickmax video and it really helps wear my arms out. That's a good thing, I think.
*I ran 14 miles on Saturday. That's the longest since October's marathon. It felt good. Now if I can just psych myself up to using gels again. What are your thoughts on a nutritional drink midway through a long run? Like Ensure or Slim Fast? Anyone ever tried that?
*I finished my 30 day challenge of no sugar losing 2 pounds. Was it worth it? Well, since I've been such a junk food junkie for the last 3 months, it did cure my cravings. It took 3 weeks to do it though. I no longer feel like I NEED something good to eat right after lunch. I am allowing myself one treat a week. I am now doing a 30 chip challenge with has always been a bigger problem for me than sweets. I just love chips. I have (or used to have) a chip cabinet that is off limits to everyone else. Permission has to be granted to eat some of MY chips. Saying it out loud makes it seem worse than in my head. I am on day 6 and it's been hard. Very hard. Cucumbers are not a good substitute.
Speaking of eating... I have always had the mental attitude that because I run I should be able to eat anything I want. Many times (o.k. every single day for as long as I can remember) after the kids are in bed, I eat something good and watch a little T.V. It's my reward for surviving another day. However, as my age is creeping up there, I'm seeing that I can't continue to do this for the rest of my life. It's time for some mental changes. The one I'm currently trying to follow is that I've created a need in my body by exercising. I need to fill that need with good foods that will help my body recover and become stronger. I tell myself this over and over when I want those foods that I know don't serve any other purpose than tasting good. The only problem is that good tasting foods equals happiness to me. I will not suffer for the rest of my life by depriving myself of good tasting things. I just need to learn a little moderation and kick these cravings once and for all so I don't feel like I need to eat 5 cookies instead of just one. Or eat just a handful of chips instead of 6 or 7. I'm doing a bit better every day and that's all I can do. I know that just like running, success happens little steps at a time.