November 29, 2013
I made it to Thanksgiving Day! I was finally able to eat carbs and allowed myself to savor the creamy potatoes and gravy, savory stuffing, apple pie and chips and dips, none of which have I consumed in three weeks. The entire feast, which also included turkey and gravy, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce, was scrumptious! I more than ever commemorate this day because I didn’t GORGE myself (nor did I want to), as I would have in the past. As soon as I started to feel like a stuffed turkey, I stopped eating. Previously, I would have had two overflowing plates of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and rolls, not to mention countless appetizers before the meal even began, and still made room for 2-3 pieces of pie. Conversely, I had one plate, with a few extra potatoes and turkey and only one slice of apple pie and felt completely satisfied! I still ate too much, but it was my reward! We need to have reward days and now I understand why. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to complete the Turkey Trot as planned , which also meant I didn’t complete the “super brick” I was supposed to run that day (ie: 3.1 mile bike, Turkey Trot Run (3.1 mile), 3.1 mile bike). To say I was disappointed is an understatement, but sometimes you have to make tough calls for your health, and as difficult as it was, I believe I made the best choice. I felt much better today. I got on my bike completed 12.7 miles in 1 hour and 1 min and 34 seconds. My average pace was 12.4 and maximum was 17.4. I STILL have to make adjustments to my seat and handle bars due to the new shoes. Clearly I am a novice at this, since I still haven’t gotten it right. I am going to go and ask someone in the know to physically watch me ride my bike so I can figure out what is wrong. With that said, I still felt pretty good about the ride. It was much warmer this afternoon, thank God!