Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Concave arm pits and skinny butts



So I am officially an athlete.  Or at least that's what my resting heart rate says.  I went for my first physical in 1.5 years.  Dr. Pitt was hilarious.  He's the busiest doctor I know and every time I see him I have to wait for at least an hour before I even make it into the examination room.  From the examination room, it's another 20 minute wait.  So anyway, he starts talking to me about my lifestyle and spends a good 15 minutes just shooting the shit with me even though he's got a ton of people waiting for him.  Then he finally gets onto my physical and just for giggles, he compares my last physical to this physical.  In June 2011 I weighed 292 pounds and had a resting heart rate of 80 beats per minute.  This physical I weighed 172 and had a resting hear rate of 50 BPM.  Dr. Pitt was floored because he said not only do I have the heart rate of a VERY fit person, but that an Olympic runner would have a resting heart rate of 35 - 40 BPM.  He was incredibly impressed and said that I added years to my life and I was in great shape.  I felt fantastic after seeing Dr. Pitt and wanted to do nothing more than go for a run afterwards. So I did.

A resting heart rate of 80 BPM is BAD.  That just goes to show how incredibly hard my heart had to work to accommodate my size.  That and I was completely inactive.  Before I started running in March 2012 (I took a Learn to Run clinic through the Running Room), I never did any form of exercise and even walking up a flight of stairs winded me.  I hated exercise.  Even though running was hard when I first started, and I wanted to give up several times, I promised myself that I would stick it out the duration of my Learn to Run clinic and by the end of the clinic, I was hooked.  I have never felt better in my life.

Last night was the last Learn to Run clinic that  Beverly and I will be instructing for a while. Perhaps we will re-group in the spring and look at teaching another clinic, but we are both on hiatus for the time being.  Beverly for a medical leave, me for running. I'm going to focus on my own running for the next few months and train for a half marathon at the beginning of March.  The very down side to giving up the clinic instruction, besides the great people I get to meet and support, is the employee discount I get. I used my employee discount for the last time today and bought a new pair of shoes to last me until the spring.   Super Nova Glide 4 Adidas!  They are black which I love, and glow in the dark on the toes and heels and tongue.  Now I have three pairs of shoes to rotate, so I think I'm good until the spring.

Looks like there are lights
on my shoes!

I know I shouldn't complain, but there are a few things about my new body that I find troublesome. Things I have never had to deal with before.  First off, my ass is bony and I can't sit on hard surfaces for too long without getting uncomfortable.  Even as I sit here and write this post, I can feel the bones on my but digging into the padded chair I'm sitting in.  I guess it will take some getting used to.  Secondly, shaving my legs and arm pits is something I must relearn.  I cannot do it without injuring myself.  My knees and ankles are too bony and I always slice off a piece of skin. Makes me wince just writing that.  Don't even get me started on the concave arm pits!  How do normal people shave their arm pits? I can't get a good shave because my arm pit is now too hollow to get a close shave.  Who knew that these issues would plague me?  I have skinny ankles, knees, ass and arm pits but pretty fat calves still.  Where's the justice in that?  I still can't wear normal width knee high boots because they won't zip to the top.  And I can only wear boot cut "skinny" jeans because the calf area is too tight.  I'd gladly give up an inch around my calf and stick it back in my arm pit.  Or even on my ass.  Maybe this is why butt implants are growing in popularity.  Skinny assess need padding too!

I promise to catch up on blog reading over the next couple of days.  I've been a very bad blog friend.  I haven't been commenting which makes me feel bad because people are struggling.  This is not an easy time of year.  Try to keep in mind how far you've come, or focus on where you have to go.  It's not worth it to go backwards.  I'm staying focused this holiday season.  I'm not going to eat any different than I am right now. I have learned that food is not my main source of entertainment.  I still love me some slow cooker roast with winter veggies, but I know that holiday sweets and treats will send me into a downward spiral that I may have a hard time digging myself out of.  Can't imagine what that would do to my running performance either.  And I don't want to find out.  I'm tuned to peak performance now.  If I keep giving myself the right kind of fuel, I'll continue to improve and I'm excited to see where I'll be a year from now.  Running a marathon or die trying!

11 comments:

  1. Go all the way Leigh! Congrats on all you have accomplished:)

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  2. Years ago I lost a lot of weight and I was briefly at my normal, healthy weight of 125 pounds ... It didn't last, but I remember I couldn't lay down on my side because it really hurt my hip bone! I always wondered how naturally thin people managed it. Are they just used to it or does it hurt them, too? Or is it just that my hip bone had always been well padded so I was hyper-sensitive to the pressure on it? Unfortunately the weight came back, so I never got to find out whether I'd get used to it. Congrats on your athlete heart rate, you rock!

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  3. Ha! Love your sneakers! As for the concave armpit situation....I've had that problem...its not easy. As for the bony ass - I can suggest doing some cross training and building some muscle back there. Love that you have the problems of an athlete! Just to think about those bony ass Pro Runners from Kenya trying to sit on hard surfaces cracks me up. Yay for your health! You are a huge inspiration to many of us here!

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  4. Congrats on the awesome bill of health, you earned it!!! Also, my calves are HUGE no matter what my size... Just needed to buy special ski boots because of them haha! Our bodies are unique ;)

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  5. lol! I hear you on the shaving..I knick my knees and ankles now like a girl just learning to shave...don't have the armpit problem yet.... So nice to hear the doctor visit..that would have made my day!

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  6. Leigh - I'm so infinitely proud of you! I'm a NUrse in doctors office and I see patients struggle all the time to lose weight and change things about themselves. I KNOW how proud of you your doctors is! WAY TO GO!

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  7. Congrats on an awesome physical!!! So inspiring! I can't imagine a resting heart rate that low!

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  8. Leigh you are a rock star athlete!!! Congrats on the awesome physical - that's really inspiring! We are all trying to work through the holiday season - I'm determined to stay focused and not put on weight at Christmas!

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  9. Excellent! I also don't know what to say to the struggling people except--they are closer to their goals than they imagine, so they should stick it out through the holiday season.

    :-) Marion

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  10. Hi Leigh, I just came across your blog through one of my followers (Sal). You weight loss story and improved fitness is indeed impressive! I love those shiny shoes ....

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  11. Congrats on the great bill of health! You are an inspiration! Love the new shoes. Have a great day and weekend!

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