I've been rather silent in the blogging world. That is usually a good thing or a bad thing. Right now it is a good thing. I've been busy doing/living and haven't had much time to sit down and write about it.
Since the day after New Year's Day, my hubby Dan has been on a clean eating path. Well. Maybe not completely clean, but pretty darn close. He's lost over 12 pounds thus far and I couldn't be prouder of this commitment. He's been working out regularly as well, so some of the bodyfat he's lost has been replaced with lean muscle tissue. Congrats to him. The only downside is that I've had to be super organized and plan lunches and dinners on a daily basis. We ate out twice in the month of January. That's a new record for us as we like to dine out approximately 1-2 times a week. Dan has been good about eliminating beer (for the most part) and indulging in an occasional glass of wine.
My daughter, Mandi, also moved back in the house the beginning of the year. It has been fun to see her mature into this beautiful, young woman who I adore so much. With her, came my favorite grand doggy, Skittles. She has been a delight to have around and keeps Cameron and Louie on their toes. Here is me cuddling with Skittles on the couch.
The New Year also seems to have inspired me to purge/organize the house. I have been milling about cleaning drawers/closets here and there with no real direction, but I am enjoying the 'feeling' of getting organized. I guess it is similar to planning, training and then racing in running. There is no better feeling than knowing you trained adequately and you left nothing out there on the course. Which, by the way, brings me to the real jist of my blog today: I want to flirt with pain, not dance with it.
I seem to be at a crossroads and sometimes being too knowledgeable about something can make a mere hill feel like a mountain. I used to revel in the craziness of feeling like I couldn't take another step. I used to drink in the feeling of knowing I gave it my all. For goodness sake, I was so focused on the finish line during a race (in high school) that I gave it everything I had and lost a little control of my bladder. Yuck! But it is true.
Don't get me wrong, I'm training hard these days. This week I've had a good mix of tempo runs, recovery runs and cross training. I am doing hill workouts again, but have yet to step on the track. I did a couple of speed workouts on the treadmill. Here is my little workout room that I love to occupy in the privacy of my own home. See that little piece of equipment on the far left of the photo? That's one of my most prized possessions: Back inversion table. That is what has saved me from spending countless dollars on back, IT band, and hip rehabililtation issues. I don't know what I ever did without one, but then again I was 40 when my hubby bought it for me. Anyhow, back to flirting with pain. I am a motivational speaker....why can't I light a fire under my butt and as the saying goes, 'Just Do It' (which, by the way, is trademarked, so I'm going to make sure I give Nike all the credit-why can't I come up with something inspirational that ensures our financial future?). I will address this issue further when I return from my pacing duties at the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon next weekend. I am going with a great group of Ladies from the Woohoo Crew and the Sole Sisters. I will certainly have lots of photos to post from the race! Here is Skittles wishing she had a matching pair of Kinvaras, and a walk.