Know what I love about running? I love how other runners smile at you - it's like you're in a secret club or something! HA! I always get head nods, or smiles, or people saying "good job" or "way to go"! I LOVE that! It makes me feel like I'm a part of something bigger than myself. I think this is pretty funny, since running is a solo sport! Even though my legs were launching a protest, my head REALLY enjoyed my run today! I wonder though, will people still be that way to me when I'm fit? Sometimes I think they are just shocked to see a fat chick out there running! Oh well, whatever - I like it, hopefully it continues! Of course, I'm too chicken to say something to someone I don't know. It's funny how I am introverted and extroverted all at the same time. I am an enigma! So here is a pic of me after my first 4.5 mile run!! Yes, I am aware that I am doing something weird with my eye - I look kind of like Igor. HA! What do you want? I was beat?
Next week I'm on to 5 miles! For some reason, that scares the living crap out of me! I know I can do it - it's just a matter of keeping my mind in the right direction! I've said it before and I'll say it again - running is SOOOOOO much a mental sport! I can't even count how many times I was ready to quit, but then my brain kicked in and I was able to finish! I can only imagine this "push yourself through" mentality is good for other aspects of life too! I LOVE running!! I have a 10k coming up on the 28th of this month, my FIRST 10k! I'm CRAZY excited! Cross your fingers that I find a way to pay for it. The race itself is only $15, but if I want a shirt, that's another 8. I guess I really want the shirt, just because it's my FIRST 10k! If I have to do it without getting the T though - I will!! I'm NERVOUS and EXCITED!!
Oh - so after I took the above picture, I was scrolling through my camera and found some pics of me at a similar angle - from December. HOLY CRAP - what a difference!! You see it too right? It's not just my wishful thinking???
Ok, by the looks of my daughter - this may have been more like the fall, but still! I'm finally down to one chin!! I know the angle is a bit different here, but I honestly didn't allow myself to be photographed much. As you can tell - I was asleep in this shot, otherwise I would have certainly nixed it! I'm sure at some angles I still have a little of a double chin, but NOTHING like the jowls I had before!!!
Well, I'm off - my daughter needs her nap and to be honest with you, I could use one too! Thank you SO much for reading! Have a WONDERFUL day!!! -Monica