What a few days of sticking to it will get you
Tunes for Tuesday: Ready, Set ... Fiesta mix, by Rock My Run

I do it anyway

Running in south florida
This is the time of year when the weather becomes less delightful and working out outdoors becomes a mental struggle.

But I do it anyway.

In fact, I'm so committed to the "do it anyway" thing, that I stopped writing this blog post this morning and went for the walk because I realized that I was giving myself the "but I have to write this blog post" excuse. So the first two paragraphs were written at 11 a.m. and the rest of this is being written at 3 p.m.

I made that photo illustration above after Friday's run. I downloaded a great Latin mix from Rock My Run (Ready, Set ... Fiesta) and it had me jogging instead of walking because I'm a slave to the rhythm. (It's much easier to walk to a podcast.)

I was about three-quarters of the way through the run when I came THISCLOSE to stomping on a dead, bloated frog.

(That frog was still there this morning, albeit less bloated.)

Working out outdoors in South Florida can be a challenge and fraught with unpleasantries, but I stopped making excuses for not doing it long ago.






(This is starting to sound like the Passover Plagues.)

Whatever -- I do it anyway. Nothin' better than coming home to an air-conditioned blast, an ice-cold lunch smoothie and a shower.

Oh, and my weight this week? Down 4 pounds. It was 5 at one point but yesterday was Cinco de Mayo and ... curse you, salty Mexican food!

I made some fantastic chicken and spinach enchiladas of my own recipe. I shredded some rotisserie chicken and threw it in a skillet with a half-pound of sliced portobellos and a package of Steamfresh Lightly Sauced Creamed Spinach. That mixture got rolled up into corn tortillas (I get the Mission extra-thin ones) and I topped it with a can of green enchilada sauce and some reduced-fat Mexican blend shredded cheese. So while it was a 9 Point meal, it was swimming in sodium.

But still -- 4 pounds! And that was from only working one ONE issue. I'm sure the weight loss will taper off soon but for now, I'm gonna keep this ball rolling with the no food after 9 p.m. thing.

Was I 100 percent? No, there were nights when I caved and ate a salad, or a pear, or a couple swigs of kefir, or a tablespoon of peanut butter. The physiological signs of wanting to eat at night are still there, and many nights my stomach was a Pavlovian pit of GRRR. But overall, my progress was SO MUCH better than weeks before.

Like 4 pounds better.

And when I put my weigh-in into Weight Watchers Online this morning, I found that I had met my 10 percent goal and stepped down a Point in daily totals, which reinforced my progress.

 Disclosure: Weight Watchers is providing me three months' online membership, but really, I've been an online member for the past few months, so bonus! People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.