The other thing is that September is always a really hard month for me. As someone who loves summer and everything about it, we are suddenly plunged into cooler temperatures, and more than that, DARKNESS. We lose daylight so rapidly in September that it's discouraging. Not to mention that all my patio flowers die and well, it makes me sad to have to dismantle everything.
Believe me, I think about blogging all the time and often write them in my head while I'm out running... and then I just don't blog. So now that I am, I'll note a few things.
We always seem to have one cold snap in September and it happened on the 16th-17th. Thankfully when the sun came out, it warmed up but honestly, it is depressing to get up and see this. Besides wanting to run in daylight on the weekends, temperatures like this are another reason to wait for sunrise:
As summer wasn't even officially over yet, you can imagine I was less than thrilled.
Speaking of running, that has been going well. We are currently in the midst of a drought, which is not good for plants, but means that I have only been on my new treadmill two times in the past four or five months. It has been nice to be able to run outside all the time. I've been enjoying my longer runs on the weekend and nearly every week have taken photos of pretty flowers that I see. I was delighted to see these flowers a couple weeks ago as things are dying off now.
That particular run, which started so well, ended badly. I rolled my ankle on a chestnut that was hidden under a leaf and ended up body surfing the sidewalk. I was exactly 7.75 miles into my run at the time. I know this because the first thing I did when I sat up was to look at my Garmin and make sure it didn't break. Mr. Helen said that was the dumbest thing he'd ever heard but I know fellow runners understand! I had 1.25 miles to get home so I walked/jogged to get there.
Besides being covered with dirt, humiliated from publicly falling, some road rash, a sore shoulder/left side for a few days, and what turned out to be a slightly sprained ankle, I was fine. Thankfully it wasn't more serious.
I've been wearing a compression sleeve to control the swelling and I actually did have my doctor take a look at it when I went for a followup on something else. He said I'd diagnosed correctly: slight sprain with some bruising.
I took a couple days off running, then walked a couple miles, then walk/jogged, then by last Saturday I was outright running again. I finally made my 10-mile distance! Sadly, I ended up doing it on the treadmill because it was cool and raining. But at least I know I've built my endurance back up and look forward to running that 10 miles outside, very soon.
My weight loss has pretty much been stalled all summer. I'm not sure why, but if it's thyroid related I'll know shortly as my doctor is having me do the bloodwork for that. It has been super frustrating - to the point where I suspended my $5 bet with Mr. Helen. I just needed a break because my mind was starting to freak out and I was wanting to do crazy things like fast, or the cabbage soup diet, or other dumb things. So, I told him I wanted a break until mid October (more on that in a minute).
After my fall I went out shopping and consoled myself with a couple new outfits. It ended up soothing me in more ways than one, because even though I've been frustrated with my weight loss plateau, I am down one full size from what I was wearing last fall/winter. Here I am in one of the outfits (you can see the compression sleeve here too).
Still not where I want to be, but new clothes that fit well can make you feel better!
I guess the other news is that I got a new car. I'd been thinking about it for some time because my old car had pretty decent trade-in/resale value. I really wanted to get into something with all wheel drive due to having to drive in crappy weather. I only work about 20 minutes away from where I live but it's all hills in between and winter driving has been stressful. Once we got Mr. Helen's truck a few years ago, I would drive that but then he had the car. Even though I wasn't looking forward to a car payment, now was the time as I figure I've got somewhere between 6-12 more years of full-time work ahead of me (barring a lottery win).
I knew exactly what I wanted and researched it to death so it really was just a matter of test driving and getting the best price. It all worked out and now I own Titanium. I love her!
She'll get her first long drive shortly we are going to DC to visit with Little Helen and son-in-law. We'll celebrate their birthdays while we are there and because Little Helen is a charter member, we got some of the coveted passes for the newest Smithsonian: The National Museum of African American History and Culture. I'm really looking forward to that, as well as the other free sights and museums there. I'm sure it won't be enough time, but it will be fun! The only part of that trip I'm dreading is the drive. It is just a very busy part of the US to drive from where we live to there and you really can't determine the time it will take simply by calculating miles. I told Mr. Helen we'll just get in the car and when we get there, we get there.
Once we are back from that trip, I am going to try to reactivate my eat a little less but don't diet mindset - along with the $5 bet. Hopefully my head will be in a better place. I guess the one good thing is that even though I haven't been losing, I haven't gained either so I'm trying to focus on that.