Things seem to be chugging along around here. The weather is improving, which means my mood is lifting, for sure.

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I struggle with the darkness and the cold, so this time of year always brings about some extra happiness.

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I’m still working on the 10 pound weight gain situation. I don’t recall whether I mentioned this, but it happened WHILE TRACKING CALORIES.

I’ve stopped focusing so much on food and am already feeling a lot better.

I’m eating “normally” again and am at least feeling more sane. My clothes seem to be fitting better, too.

What I was in the mood for one night: plain/raw coleslaw mix from a bag, chopped up grilled jerk chicken thighs and a few blue cheese crumbles.

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Weekend morning, courtesy of Jon:

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I haven’t really done anything differently exercise-wise. Last week I had 2 strength training sessions and went to the running group’s core class. I attempted to run a few miles with Molly on Saturday, but only made it about 2.5 before ditching her with Jon. She just wasn’t feeling it for some reason and started stopping in the middle of the path and digging her heels in. Quite frustrating. Jon is injured right now, but he had tagged along to walk with Henry, so I passed her off to them and at least made it to 3M.

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On Sunday, Jon, his child #4 (who’s home for spring break) and I ran a 5k.

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This was the 3rd year for them to run this 5k and her 3rd year placing in her age group.

I had organized a small group of co-workers to sign up as a team, so we met up before the race.

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A bunch of our running group friends were there, too.

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Not sure what prompted me to spontaneously wave during a group shot, but I think I was delirious with excitement over the sun being out.

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As I’ve moaned about lately, I haven’t really been running much this year. This was my first 5k since Jan 1. It was super hilly and I had to walk A LOT, but I think I did ok.

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Overall, it was a lot of fun and motivated me to try harder re: 5ks. I’m just not feeling the half right now, but can get excited about improving my 5k ability, so I’m going with it.

This week, I jogged 2M with Molly on Monday since my strength training plans were cancelled. I took a few hours off work yesterday to take care of some stuff, so I had a chance to squeeze in a quick 3M walk with Molly before heading to running group practice. I did a run/walk combo for 5M with the running group (probably ran 3.5M and walked the rest here and there).

So. Things are going in the right direction.

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