Yep, things went bad this week. I can blame stress, hormones, fatigue and being frustrated with running injuries but honestly, I just decided to eat crap this week. We got back from a week at Disney (I was at a conference most of the days but played at Disney World after hours) and I had no healthy food in the house and I was absolutely exhausted and I just caved and asked Erik to bring home Popeyes. I had a few days this week of eating properly but have backslid again this weekend.
Honestly, I think the major problem is that I’ve got a calf and IT band problem in my right leg and I’m frankly afraid to run on it since I’ve got a few big races coming up, including Gasparilla next weekend. I’ve got the mileage in already, so I’m worried that if I run on it I’ll really mess it up and not be able to run at all on race weekend. Not having my running to help deal with my stress is the real root cause of me turning to food for stress relief. Unfortunately knowing that consciously doesn’t really help me to avoid making bad food choices to make me feel better (temporarily of course).
I am taking some steps to improve the situation though. I’ve got massage appointments scheduled with two new massage therapists (I’m always trying to find the holy grail of massage therapists…strong hands, takes insurance, focused on client service and close to my work) and one of those appointments is TODAY! Yay! And I’m going to run this weekend, even if it’s just three miles. I need to get over my fear of injury or Gasparilla is going to be awful.
I’m also early registering for the Space Coast Half Marathon this morning at 9am! I’m so excited to be signing up for my third year. If you haven’t ever run this race (they also have a full), I highly recommend it (see my recap from 2014 here and 2013 here). It sells out crazy fast, so mark your calendar to register at 9am TOMORROW (February 15th). I’d love to see some more friends along the course!
I’ve been a little burned out on blogging lately. I had a couple of negative experiences related to my blog last month that are still impacting my motivation to be active writing on it and on social media in general. I really need to develop a thicker skin and “shake, shake, shake it off” as advised by the wisdom of Taylor Swift. Within the next month or so, the invitations will be going out for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. There’s no application process and no real formula for getting invited, so a lot of bloggers (and other social media mavens) are all crossing fingers and toes hoping to get a golden ticket. I’d love one of course, but I’m definitely small potatoes so it would be a pleasant surprise (ok an amazingly huge awesome surprise) to get an invitation. I am excited to see which of my friends does get to go and to follow along with their fun!
I’m going to leave off any food goals this week and really focus on getting back on track with exercise first.
- Run 3x. Even if it’s just a mile I need to get out there.
- Strength training 3x. I dug back out my book The New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women and I’m going to start the workouts again. I really liked it when I used it last Spring.
That’s it. I’ll try to make decent choices when I can and to drink more water, but I think that getting back in the habit of working out in some manner most days will help me actually WANT to eat better. Sorry if this was a depressing post. I’m sure some fitness bloggers are peppy and healthy 365 days a year, but the honest truth is that it is a struggle for me a lot of the time. Sometimes I do better winning the fight and sometimes I lose a battle, but I am still determined to win the war!