Friday, March 23, 2012

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing

So cute...reminds me of my Finn when he was a pup:)
Well, I have finally done it.  I have made it all the way from P3 to the 4th floor of my office without stopping once.  I know, I know, you're probably thinking what the big deal is, but...read this.  This may be the first read for some, a refresher for others.  I wrote that post about three and a half months ago.  At that time I was dying while doing something as simple as walking up the stairs.  Incidentally, I haven't taken the elevator since late November (except on a few occasions when I had to because I had clients with me).

Tonight I ran over 2K by doing 2 and 1 (run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute) intervals.  For those of you who run, I know you were me at one time.  Feeling really proud of yourself as you build your endurance every week.  I'm in my third week of my learn to run clinic now and went from doing 1 minute running and 2 minutes walking, to what I was running tonight.  I know it doesn't sound like a big deal, but for someone like me who loathed exercise and avoided it at all costs, I think I have found a physical activity I can stick to. I'm actually doing it and being successful!  Every single week I'm amazed that I lived through a whole week of doing that particular interval, so I know I can do this.  I can just imagine how I'll feel when I make it to 10 and 1's.  Like a million bucks, that's how.  Thanks again Enz for doing this with me:)

Yesterday I took a client clothing shopping.  There's an outlet area in Toronto on Orfus Rd. where you can find great deals on clothing.  I have been there many times in the past and stood around quietly while clients shopped and then I simply paid for their purchases.  The prices there are insanely cheap and you can get a lot of stuff for little money.  So I'm standing around waiting for my client, and I'm in the same mindset I've always been in while on Orfus Rd.  I never looked at anything too closely because nothing there would fit me.

Well I'm bored so I venture around and start looking at some things.  I'm holding stuff up wondering if it will fit me and decide that since it's so cheap, I'll get some stuff, hopeful I'll fit into it in a couple of months.  I spend $70, get a pair of jeans ($7.50), a bunch of tops for $2 - $5, five pairs of shoes for $25, and a bunch of hair accessories for $10.  Today I'm pondering over what to wear so I try on the jeans and a top...and they fit!  I wore my $14.50 (jeans, top and tank top) outfit to work today.

I have never been able to shop at Orfus Rd. before.  It's a bit of a crap shoot there because you cannot try anything on.  You just grab and buy.  Since I have zero spring/summer clothes, I need to start buying stuff that will see me through this season.  I can't spend a lot either because, although I'm not putting a time limit on my weight-loss, I could reach my goal weight by the fall.  If not, I will be at goal by next spring/summer.  Not to shabby for a former plus sized shopper!  I'm just so tickled that I was able to buy cheap clothes like everyone else!!!!!!

There are so many changes happening in my life due to my weight loss, and I'm taking none of it for granted.  Last weekend I did something I haven't done since I was in my late teens.  I swung on a swing with my son.  When I was a girl, I used to love the swings.  I haven't been able to fit in one for a very long time.  While swinging at the park with my son and two nieces, three things crossed my mind.  I couldn't believe I comfortably fit into a swing, I loved the feeling of the wind blowing in my hair, and if I closed my eyes one more time, I was gonna throw up.  Man getting old sucks!  I definitely don't have the stomach I used to.  I'm not sure if I'm looking forward to the amusement parks this summer which equally sucks.  This will be the first time in a very long time where I won't have to worry about whether or not I'll fit on a ride.

8 comments:

  1. You are doing so great with your journey. Bet you feel like a million dollars. All the pluses of losing weight! Enjoy them all!!

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  2. Those are massive steps forward! I know how hard it is to get into running, I'm there myself! You are doing so well :D

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  3. I've only known you a short time but I can already see the changes in your body. Your face is slimmer, hips are slimmer and your butt and tummy are disappearing by the week!

    It is such an inspiration to run with you :)

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    1. Awwwwww, thanks Enz:) You are too kind! You are my inspiration for running. I wouldn't have started doing this without you!

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  4. Way to go that rocks and I know the shops you are speaking of all too well and I am the one that drives my sister and her friends there and never buys a thing I too hope one day soon I can get a few things from there ;)

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  5. Congrats Leigh! What a great accomplishment! In the beginning it feels like the milestones will never come, but before you know it you are climbing from P3 to the fourth floor AND conquering the running world! Can't wait to hit those types of milestones! Thanks for reminding me that they are waiting out there for me!

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  6. Seriously, parts of thie post brought tears to my eyes. I went back and read your old post - I can't believe how far you have come!

    The joy you must have felt when swinging on the swings with your son - as a mom, I can relate.

    Keep on rockin' all the fabulous changes you are making!!!

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  7. Good job on the running and stairs!!!

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