Did you miss my adventures from this weekend?! Here’s some more pictures for you to see the craziness!
Look at that determination baby! Can we say hardcore! (And I’m the only one paddling; pshhhh)
Oh man I can’t wait to try this again!
And here’s before we started off down the mountain on our bike ride. Such a great group to try it out for the first time with!
Maybe halfway down? I was sweating like crazy even with the wind blowing crazy in my face, along with all the dirt that was being kicked up into my contacts. Heh…no wonder I stay so far behind.
Seriously such an amazing time for me.
[[Side Note: Pushing Buttons
In part of Trying To Heal from my eating disorder I also have to deal with overcoming social anxiety and trying new things. I’m a perfectionist and always have been, from eating to writing to performing to grades to running, you name it. When it comes to new experiences though I have always had to have a push to try them. My friends have always been really good about this, and making sure that I wasn’t pushed to the point of discomfort. I can only thank them for helping me along in those times when I was afraid.
But now it is time for me to take the reins. I started with last weekend, going to the art galleries in town. Then I went and ran a race I hadn’t prepared for but was still able to talk to several complete strangers and enjoy the atmosphere and competition of the whole thing. And this weekend I went and did two different activities I was afraid that truthfully, I couldn’t do correct. But how would I ever know if I never tried, right? This is where the perfectionism comes from. I never try new things because I’m always afraid I won’t be able to do them right or up to par like I think people would want. But now I’ve come to say to myself, just have some fun! It seems like such a simple and easy thing…but now it’s finally hitting me. I did this last year when I was in Florida with Brad and went on some awesome adventures like hiking, snorkeling, pub crawls, dessert crawls, you name it.
Now is a time for change. I’m looking at life in a different manner everyday and it keeps getting easier and better. I have been reading and doing workbooks by Geneen Roth on Emotional and Intuitive Eating which have been helping a lot in the past few weeks (I plan on doing a full review of all three books I’ve read for you asap!). It’s a whirlwind of emotions but like it said, it’s getting better. I’m getting better. I only hope that it keeps getting better from here. I don’t expect there to just be some sort of “click” and presto, all better! I know it’s a process and I’m working on it. I’m working hard because I don’t like feeling miserable about my body and my personality all the time.
Oh yes, and my ANTS? Today? There were two. ONLY TWO. Yesterday there were a few more, along with Friday when I went riding and rafting, but I kept a positive attitude and it kept them down to a minimal amount that I won’t fret over (not that I’m fretting over them, because I don’t see counting them as something that points out the negative, but as something that I need, can and will work on to get better about them). ]]
How was your weekend!? I hope you had a great one and did something outside the box or pushed your buttons to have some fun!
I was super excited for today as it was my first official day of my 1/2 Marathon Training for the Portland Wine and Country 1/2 Marathon on Labor Day Weekend! I woke up refreshed from catching up on some sleep yesterday and last night and slammed down a small piece of bread with PB and a bit of unsweetened applesauce. Then it was out the door for a 7 mile run!
The weather could not have been more perfect, with a thick enough cloud cover to keep the heat out and just enough breeze to keep me cool and not having to battle running against it. I finished the run in 1:05 at a pace of 9:09 min/mile, which at first I wasn’t thrilled about, but when I think about it, I haven’t run much in the past few weeks and with the hills, I’m a stud! Ok, at least I like to think I am.
Anyhow, I made sure to stretch really well and ice my knee (it was a bit tight after I finished) and started on my breakfast to refuel!
I love my granola/pb/fruit mixture and after being warm all morning I needed something cool!
I don’t even remember what I did this morning…but I think it included dozing away on the coach watching TV…maybe. Anyhow, I finally got m butt out the door to get much needed groceries for the week and I’m so looking forward to sharing my meals I have planned! Though now that I think of it…err, I only have a few days at home this week because I’m going home for the weekend for a few doctors appointments and a family reunion! Joy!
By the time I finished unpacking I was famished and ready for lunch! It was simple but filling with a veggie burger on bakery bread with garlic and herb laughing cow with lots of veggies and a fruit salad side including a pluot, strawberries and leftover peach from breakfast (I didn’t include a 1/4 of it because it was huge!). Sorry I didn’t take a picture, I was in a hurry to eat it! I finished it off with one of my Vegan but Not-So-Vegan Brownies. Nom nom.
I snacked on a mix of PB Panda Puffs and Dark Chocolate Covered Cranberries for an afternoon snack as I put together a few picture frames with newly purchased pictures from Snapfish.
I watched some Lifetime shows and movies to pass the afternoon away and did laundry to make sure I have clean clothes for field week cause I can’t go around all the time with salt lines on my pants. Yes, I sweat that much in case you were wondering. It’s hot out here alright!?
I had big plans for dinner tonight with my newly purchased Portobello Mushrooms from the store this morning and totally made it work! I grilled it up with a mix of seasonings, added some cheese, hummus and the usual toppings for a nice burger for dinner! Probably seems a lot like lunch but seriously so much better and unprocessed (ok, except for the bread; no burger this time though!)
Oh yes, and the obligatory fruit. Fresh honeydew anyone? Nice and refreshing!
And since I have to divulge that I take my pictures on the floor of my living room, this is the hardships I have to endure to get these shots:
That darn cat.
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The giveaway ends on Sunday the 18th so make sure you get your comments in!
And now I’m gonna spend some quality time with my Honey and get some ZZZzzzz’s…I think that run this morning really wiped me out!