Thank you all so much for your amazing encouragement and support! I'm really, really, grateful - in ways you'll never know.:-)
It has been a whirlwind of a week so far (I know it's only Tuesday!), and it's not just because of my 5K. A few other things have been going on, keeping me busy.
I still feel crazy good about my accomplishment from Sunday! Please feel free to roll your eyes, I know it was only 5K! But I'm starting to feel hopeful about myself, in a way that I never thought was possible. When I had decided against doing the run (about a week ago!), one of the things that was nagging away at me was the fact that if one of my kids (say, ten years from now) backed down from one of their goals, I would never let them do that! So why should I let myself do the same thing? And after all, isn't parenting about setting a great example? I think that's the thing that makes me the proudest about finishing. That, and I didn't give up at any point.
It's beautiful here in Toronto today, and I have the urge to go for a run tonight! I'm already starting to think about another 5K in the Spring to keep me training over the winter.
Honestly, that's all from me right now. I'm in a good place. I'm not trying to be "perfect" and walk on a straight line. I'm feeling good about what I eat. I'm trying to be more intuitive with my hunger. Don't get me wrong - I know I have to minimize my calories and move more in order to lose weight. I am incorporating all of that.
Right now, I'm trying to enjoy the residual high after achieving something I really didn't think I could accomplish. The world feels like my oyster, and it's an awesome feeling.