What a yucky week we’ve had here. Last week I started out so strong, biking and running every day and feeling really good. Then Friday, one of my boys woke up with a cough, so I decided we should stay home and keep everyone else’s kids healthy. Of course, then Monday I woke up with a severe sore throat and congestion along with full body achi-ness. I’m feeling a bit better now, but everyone in the house has been fighting this crud, so we’ve been effectively benched.
I can’t believe this is who I am now, but a whole week without running has been unbearable! And I must admit I’ve been a little off my game with my eating as well. You know how it is when you’re sick – you just want comfort food.
But with all of the ick, I also had a moment of glory. On Sunday, we are having family photos made, so I’ve been working on a coordinating wardrobe. Yesterday, I finally figured out what I’m going to wear. I put the outfit on to see if it worked together, and as I was looking at myself in the mirror, I remembered the last family photos we had made. It was this time 2 years ago. Noah was 2 1/2 and the twins had just turned one, and I was pretty much at my heaviest weight ever. I was just thankful to have one photo with me in it that didn’t make me want to puke. But most of them I never showed to a soul.
Looking in the mirror yesterday, I saw an entirely different person looking back at me, and I liked her. Not just because she’s thinner (not thin) or even because she has cute hair and a pink streak, not to mention clear skin (seriously, exercise does amazing things!), but because she is happy and confident and strong. And for just a moment, I thought about how proud Joey would be to see this version of me. I can almost see that lopsided grin.
Stay tuned: next week I’ll reveal another photo from 2011 with an after photo from this weekend’s session.
When I’m sick I tend to get overly frustrated with myself, which never helps. I’m terrible at taking my own advice, but let your body heal up and you’ll be back in your running shoes in no time 😉
Thanks! I know I need to be patient. I just miss that great feeling of accomplishment I get after each run. Soon, though!
I hear you!