Non Scale Victory Update

It’s been a little over six months since I threw away my scale started this blog and started non scale victory Friday. A lot has changed since then, and not just in relation to this blog.

I started grad school, I’m going to be moving soon, so that I’ll be much closer to work (YAY!), and I’m doing my second Whole30. Plus my thinking has changed dramatically. I’m finally able to start seeing the effects the positive changes I’ve made are having on my physical and emotional well being little by little, which is huge.

When I first started this blog I was scared. I was throwing away my scale, and the main way I measured my success (or lack thereof). I needed another way to measure success in my life and so Non Scale Victory Fridays were born. They forced me to seriously think about the successes in my life and write about them weekly.

Well I think it’s run it’s course. It’s getting harder and harder to try to come up with major successes once a week, and not because I’m lacking them or feeling any less positive. Instead, I’d rather write about them as they happen, than wait at the end of the week to include them in a bullet point.

So I’m making a change. Last weeks will be the last Non Scale Victory Friday for this blog, which isn’t to say that Non Scale Victories are going away completely. When I have them I’ll write about them, and give them the recognition they deserve, and if you have victories? Share them in the comments or shoot me an email at scalesdownlacesup@gmail.com. My goal, eventually, will be to have a reader’s post series where people talk about their successes in health and fitness, whether you use a scale or not.

How do you like to measure your success?

Whole 30 Hump Day!

It’s officially day 16 of my Whole 30!! I’m over the hump and I’m excited! I may or may not be having dreams on a regular basis that I’m either knowingly eating non compliant foods (HELLO cupcakes!) or that I’m eating things I think are compliant but actually have sugar in them. Luckily none of this has happened in real life, so I’m on a great trajectory to finish strong!

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The thing about Whole 30 is that it’s super easy for me to maintain it during the week.I already cook all my meals anyways so it doesn’t add a huge amount of change to what I make or how often I cook. The weekends are tough though, and this weekend is going to prove a particular challenge. It’s Halloween weekend, and while my boyfriend and I are going to skip the bars we are going to go to some Halloween parties where I’m sure there will be candy and treats, and there will definitely be alcohol. I’m less worried about the alcohol and more worried about the food. Still my goal is to eat before hand so I won’t be tempted.

The next step is to figure out our couples costume for this year. I know, I know I’m down to the wire with the costume. I think I have something figured out but we’ll see if it comes to fruition. If I don’t I’m just going to be going as Elizabeth, which is SUPER original I know, but it may end up being what has to happen!

Have you figured out your Halloween costume yet? Or do you have any ideas for me?

 

Non Scale Victory Friday!

I would normally be very excited that it’s Friday (because, Friday) but I, unfortunately, have to work tomorrow morning. On the bright side I’ll only be working a half day so the rest of my Saturday will be free! On to non-scale victory Friday!

1. I’m on day 12 of my Whole30 and so far everything is going great. According to the Whole30 timeline I should be experiencing boundless energy and lots of cravings. I don’t know about the boundless energy (I didn’t really experience a huge increase in energy last time and I don’t really expect to this time either) but the cravings thing is entirely accurate. The food I’m eating is delicious, don’t get me wrong, but what I wouldn’t give for a cupcake, or pie, or a cookie, or….okay I’ll stop. I may or may not have spent an hour looking at various dessert recipes on Pinterest last night.

2. My work pants are far too big! This is both a victory and a problem though. Victory because, YAY, my pants are too big. Problem because, I cannot afford new pants and other than the size my pants are in perfectly good condition. I’m going to be researching how to alter dress pants to make them smaller, aka call and ask my mom.

3. This comic is a thing that happened and made me laugh hysterically so I have to share for some Friday cheer!

I hope everyone has a great weekend, hopefully you don’t also have to work on Saturday like me. Don’t forget to share your non-scale victories in the comments below!

Baltimore Running Festival – Team Relay Recap

This past Saturday I ran in the relay for Baltimore Running Festival. I was nervous, so nervous. Mainly I was nervous that while waiting for my teammate to come to my exchange point I would not see her, because I’ve only met her once. Then in the attempt to seamlessly take the timing chip from her and begin my leg of the race I would be trampled by another runner, causing myself to topple over in all of my clumsy glory and land flat on my face.

These are the things I worry about before running the relay, not the fact that I picked leg three to run, aka the hardest leg of the Baltimore Marathon, 6.5 miles completely uphill. Okay, there were a few downhill parts, but they were few and they were short and they barely counted if I’m going to be honest.

The starting line!
The starting line!

Needless to say, none of the things I was concerned about actually happened. Contrary to the vision I had in my head, the exchange point was not a crowded mass of people. It was incredibly well organized, and I was able to recognize my teammate almost instantly thanks to the fact that we decided as a team to wear purple shirts, she texted when she was a mile away, and my memory is not so bad that I completely forgot what she looks like the one time I met her.

I also did not collide with another runner and fall flat on my face (although with my general lack of balance and grace, I don’t actually think this was an unreasonable worry on my part).

I have heard so many good things about the Baltimore Running Festival and I have been several times for work that I was so excited to be a participant this year. I got to my leg of the relay about an hour to an hour and a half early, and I was so grateful my friend Anna came by to keep me company before I had to start. Talking to her really helped to calm my nerves and make me not stress to much about the impending collision I was convinced would happen.

Anna and I before my leg.
Anna and I before my leg.

 

Ready to run!
Ready to run!

Once I did the exchange seamlessly I was off. Despite it being the hardest leg and mostly uphill I felt great! After my run last week that went less successfully than planned, I was worried. However, my legs didn’t feel tired and I felt energized. Plus there is so much support along the route! At one point I was about to lose steam, turned the corner and there’s a DJ blasting music with people up and down the street yelling and cheering. It gave me the boost I needed at that moment!

And I'm off!
And I’m off!

Aside from the dead rat that was squashed on the route, yes, a dead squashed rat, that made me want to puke I felt great the entire time. About midway through the race I noticed my knees and ankles were really bothering me. I pushed through but couldn’t figure out why they were bothering me when they never have before. Later that day I found out why. Apparently when I grabbed my running shoes the night before, I grabbed my first ever pair of completely worn out running shoes, and I didn’t add my arch support insoles in them either! They’re the same shoes as the current ones I have so it’s an easy mistake that I’m usually very careful about not making. No wonder I was in pain!

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I never realize what a mess my hair becomes!

The one thing I didn’t like was not being able to cross the finish line. However, I had a great time at the Running Festival that now the half marathon is definitely on my to do list for next year. I’m more confident I’ll be ready for that distance next year!

Non Scale Victory Friday!

It’s Friday! I may or may not be singing the Rebecca Black song in my head. Don’t worry, I won’t make it a habit, I’m just excited for the weekend!

I’ve been to the Baltimore Running Festival before, for work. My previous job would have runners raise money and run for us in the race. It always seemed like a fun event as a participant, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t dread waking up before the sun on a Saturday, so I could stand shivering while we waited for our runners to arrive and then finally leave.

Well tomorrow I’m going to be waking up before the sun on a Saturday, except this time by choice! I’ve heard so many good things about this race, so I’m really excited, but also really nervous. This will be, by far, the largest race I’ve run in. Plus I’ve never done a relay race. I know once I get started running I’ll be fine, but I keep having nightmares about the exchange points going horribly wrong.

Anyways positivity is key! So non-scale victory Friday it is!

  1. I had a bad run on Wednesday, which isn’t a victory, but the way I handled it is. I managed to make myself stop stressing about the bad run, and stay positive so that I’ll have the right outlook going into the relay tomorrow!
  2. I signed a lease on a new place that I’ll be moving into in December! I’m super excited. It’s much closer to work (five minutes as opposed to the hour I’m doing now) and it’s cheaper!!!
  3. I started my Whole30 on Monday and aside from some headaches on Tuesday and Thursday it’s been going really well! I only have 25 more days to go!

Don’t forget to share your non scale victories below and have a great weekend! To anyone running in the Baltimore Running Festival, or any race for that matter, this weekend GOOD LUCK!!

I Can’t Let a Bad Run Get Me Down!

Yesterday morning I got to go in late to work so I was excited to get in a morning run to start off my day! Then I started running and I knew it was going to be rough. In hindsight it was a perfect storm of incidences that meant my run was less than stellar.

My goal? Run 5-6 miles, to get myself ready for the relay I’m running in the Baltimore Running Festival this weekend. The result? I ran/walked a little over four miles, my legs felt like lead, and towards the end I felt like I was going to be physically sick if I pushed myself any harder. I definitely did not feel amped, I felt discouraged and disappointed, and started doubting whether I would be able to finish my leg of the relay.

Which is ridiculous! I can’t let one bad run get me down! It’s true that I’ve had a lot on my plate yesterday. Buying a car, going back to school for the first time in five years (meaning my first midterm in five years eek!) and looking for a new place to live means that I’ve been busy! It also means that there have been nights where I’ve prioritized each of these things over running, who can blame me there’s only so many hours in the day and I have to sleep at some point as well! Couple that with a change in diet that left me with an awful headache on Tuesday as my body yelled at me for giving up sugar, it’s no wonder my running suffered on Wednesday.

Still I’ve managed to get at least one or two runs in a week and last week I ran a full five miles. So I am prepared for this weekend. I’m definitely more prepared than I was for the Arbutus Firecracker, where I was coming off a sprained ankle and hadn’t run at all for three weeks. If I can do that (with a pretty good time considering!) then this is definitely doable.

That’s what I keep reminding myself of. One bad run where I felt miserable is not an indication of how I will do on Saturday. Besides I got my bad run out of the way for the week, that means I can only go up from here right (it’s all about that positive thinking)? I wouldn’t want to have my best run on Wednesday and then my bad run on race day!

My plan is to stay positive, have whole30 compliant food options available before and after my race so I’m properly fueled and run my best on Saturday. Plus I’m going to stop thinking about my Wednesday run after I publish this post!

Have you ever had a bad run or work out? What do you do to get past it?

 

Whole30 Day 2!

My eating has gotten lazy recently. Granted it could be a lot worse, at least I’m still practicing moderation. Still, my sweet tooth has managed to win more often than not recently and I’ve been eating out a lot more than is normal for me.

This past weekend, for instance, I had fried chicken and a milkshake in one meal. It was delicious, and I don’t regret it. I can’t remember the last time I had fried chicken, and this was definitely the best I’ve ever tasted. Still, definitely not the healthiest of choices.

About a year ago I learned about this diet called Whole30 I was intrigued but thought there was no way I’d have any interest in doing it. I decided to learn about it and everything in entails. It sounds daunting, you spend 30 days eating no added sugar, no alcohol, no grains, no dairy. It makes eating out next to impossible, and means you’re reading so many labels. In practice, however, it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. You eat, a protein at every meal, vegetables (SO many vegetables), and then a fat. Three meals a day with no snacking, and as long as you’re choose good recipes, of which there are many, you’ll find you’re eating tastier food than you did before, and definitely a lot more of it.

I’m not, by nature, a label reader. I try to be healthy, but I’m not a health nut. I don’t try to convince people to follow my version of healthy. I’m not one to participate in fad diets, and believe that when it really comes down to it, moderation is key. I still believe that.

However, as I was running more and more I became more concerned with what I was putting into my body. Whole30 isn’t something you do permanently and its focus isn’t on weight loss (You’re not allowed to weigh yourself, or count calories while you’re doing it), but it does force you to take a serious look at what you’re eating and focus on adding more whole foods into your diet.

It’s definitely restricting while you’re doing it but, overall, I loved it. My headaches went away, and I definitely wasn’t as tired. Well it’s been almost six months since the end of my first Whole30 and I started my second yesterday! So far so good, but then again it’s only the second day haha. I’m hoping to reset my eating habits just in time for the holidays that are just around the corner!

 

 

Things Are Getting Back To Normal!

Yesterday was a big day for me! I may hate the fact that the weather is getting colder, I’m a spring and summer girl all the way and I’ll take the heat over the cold any day. However, it does make for great running weather. I knew I had to get a run in after work, it was just a matter of where.

I usually go to a park about 10 minutes from my house but ever since my accident all my runs have been around my neighborhood. Which works fine, but it’s pretty boring. I end up doing several loops around and unless I’m super motivated, the never changing scenery means that I’ll often cut my route short out of boredom. I usually only run in my neighborhood when I’m pressed for time, or I forget to pack my running clothes.

The reason for this? The day of my accident I was on my way to that very park to go for a run. I was about 2 miles from the park when I rear ended the person in front of me. I’ve been nervous about driving in general since then, but the idea of driving back to that park has brought me even more anxiety that I have decided to just avoid going there and figure out other ways to get in my runs.

I’ve managed to deal with a lot of the other stresses that accident caused me. I didn’t turn to unhealthy habits, I continued my running, I’m making sure I’m much more alert and less distracted when driving, and I’m giving myself more time to get to my destinations so I’m not in a rush. However, I still hadn’t attempted to go back to that park, and pass exactly where the accident happened.

Well yesterday I went to the park and ran! I know this is a small victory, and in the grand scheme of things isn’t a huge deal, but it felt so good to conquer that thing that was bringing me a lot of anxiety. When I passed where the accident occurred I was definitely aware and nervous but I made it safely and was able to relieve some of those nerves by having a great short run!

I’m taking this entire process one step at a time, but I’m excited every time some progress is made!

How do you deal with things that bring you anxiety?

Non Scale Victory Friday!

This week has completely flown by! I can’t believe it’s Friday already. I’ve had a crazy week, with a minimal amount of free time. I’m excited for this weekend. My boyfriend and I have a wedding on Saturday, but other than that we have lots of time to spend by ourselves to just relax, something neither of us have had the opportunity to do in a while!

Anyways, onto my non scale victories of the week. As always feel free to share yours in the comments below. I love reading them!

  1. I have had a week with my new car, and I love it! On a better note, however, I’m becoming more comfortable with driving again. Since my accident, driving has given me a lot of anxiety. I still have anxiety, but it’s definitely improved a lot since then.
  2. I bought a fridge full of healthy fruits and vegetables last night! It was looking a little sad, and I was running out of food slowly but surely. I love grocery shopping and having all new food to cook!
  3. I ran with my relay team minus one on Monday! I didn’t know everyone so getting to meet them and run with them made me more comfortable. I can’t wait for the Baltimore Running Festival!

That’s all for now, have a great weekend and share your victories in the comments below!