I didn’t get out to many state parks in March – due in part to a couple weekends battling the flu, work call-ins, and miscellaneous other plans – but I still stuck to my efforts to be outside more and to make better food choices. After our foraging tour around the lighthouse, Jeff and I walran the St. Patrick’s Day fun run around John Prince Park before the parade in Delray. This is the first funrun I have done in a while and it didn’t feel too bad! It was a little overcast and slightly cool, so it was the perfect weather for a morning run.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
After the fun run, we had a little time to waste before the parade, so we went to the Morikami gardens to walk around. A very pretty and tidy gardens with a peaceful walk outside.
Delray St Patrick’s Day parade and Pinball Museum
We like this parade because it’s festive, the people are pretty nice, and the Pinball Museum has essentially no wait for yummy lunch and beer. AND I get to play pinball and skeeball afterwards to my heart’s content 🙂
More running adventures
Now that I know about the cute little loop by the lighthouse (JILONA), it is a nice place close to home to run laps. I have added it to my list of nice loops around home.
We have also gotten in some spring training games and are ready for my favorite: minor league baseball season!
I have been walking and running 3-5 times each week and am slowly running more and walking less. My joints and feet are staying relatively comfortable – I back off a little if I get any twinges like my bursitis or plantar fasciitis might flare up again. I ran the Roots and Ruts 5k through the Jupiter Outstanding Natural Area and finished in 37:33. A slow time, but good considering how out of shape I’ve been. I am planning to do about one 5k per month into the end of summer, so look for this number creeping down steadily over the next few months.
Speaking of numbers going down, I have steadily been losing weight in the last several weeks. I peaked at 192 pounds and have been losing about 2 pounds a week. It has really been surprising to me. I have lived almost my entire life with obsessive thoughts about food and a struggle to not eat too much. Weight loss always feels nearly impossible, because it takes weeks of effort to lose even a little bit and it takes almost no time to put it back on. For example, when Jeff and I went to Italy, I had a light breakfast with yogurt or fruit, then small plate pasta dishes with bread and wine for lunch and dinner. We had gelato twice. That doesn’t sound like much and we walked at least 10k steps daily. Despite this, I gained 10 pounds in 10 days! Darn carbs 🙁 And then the weight never went away despite an active lifestyle, no hormone imbalances, and eating a lot of salad.
So my resolutions this year have been to:
So far, I seem to have accidentally found a method that works for me: