Tuesday, January 8, 2013

@Poonapalooza

Well, I've finally done it.  I've set up a Twitter account (at the suggestion of my gorgeous sister-in-law) and I have no idea what I'm doing.  Why, it was only a week or so ago that I learned what a hashtag was.  What the hell do I tweet?  My life is way too boring and mundane to tweet anything of interest.  Does anyone care that I was up and leaving for my run this morning at 6:36 am? Likely not, 'cos if you care or find that interesting, you need a life right along with me.  If you're on Twitter and you feel so inclined, you can follow me @Poonapalooza.  I promise to follow back!

Nice face Jules!

Ah yes.  The requisite "two people in old fat pants" shot.  We are squeezed in there, and that's pretty much how my lower half used to look in them when I was nearing or over 300 pounds. Although I didn't lose half of my highest weight (my highest non-pregnancy recorded weight was 302 pounds), I think I'm pretty much half my size.  Going from a size 24 to a size 8/10 is pretty significant.  I didn't do measurements from the beginning of my weight-loss to now, but when I was squeezing into a 24, my measurements would have been  51" bust, 45" waist, 53" hips (according to sizing charts).  Now my measurements are 36" bust, 29" waist, 39" hips.  Right now I can wear size 10 very comfortably, and squeeze into size 8.  I have one pair of size 8 Joe Fresh jeans that fit comfortably.  Joe Fresh has big sizing...so my goal is to fit into all size 8s comfortably.  I just want to be a single digit and medium size kinda girl.  I'm probably only 5 pounds away...or maybe 100 more kilometers (2.5 weeks of running).  Which ever comes first!

The last two days I have been HUNGRY.  Today I ate my hard boiled eggs after my run, then didn't eat again until about noon...and I was starved.  The salad I had at lunch with extra chicken just didn't cut it, and I ended up buying almonds at a gas station in Peterborough.  Then when I got home, I made a huge taco salad for myself, then had to snack on carrots and hummus afterwards. I forgot I ate an orange when I got home from work too.  I'm doing hill repeats tomorrow, so I need to drink a lot of water and get a good lunch in.  I may have to get a protein bar to eat on the way to my practice run.  Hill repeats take up a lot of energy and we're doing 6 tomorrow!  I'll have run about 8.5K before all is said and done.

My IT band is still on the mend.  I had a short run this morning, 6.3K.  Funny that, how 6.3K is considered a short run now.  I never thought I'd be able to do 5K let alone 6.3K.  Tomorrow will mark my 10 month running anniversary.  I think I'll go for a run to celebrate.  Anywho, back to the IT band.  After my short run this morning, I rolled my IT band again.  It hurt, but not as badly as it previously did.  I will definitely roll again tomorrow night after my hill repeats and Thursday after my clinic.  Friday brings me to professional relief and my sports massage.  I'm counting down the days like it's Christmas all over again!

As we move into the second week of January, I hope everyone is making good choices and sticking to their guns.  New Years resolutions don't work, at least they never did for me.  But a lifestyle change will if you're ready, determined and really want it.  Make sure you pick a sustainable eating and exercise plan.  Something you can do forever. I know I can do this forever, and I will because the alternative is not an option.  I am never going to be obese again (my new mantra).  And putting your health first is no special feat.  Just like the Man in Black, I am no one of consequence.  Just your average working class mother and wife.  Make yourself and your health a priority.  Because if I can do this, anyone can!

LOVED The Princess Bride:)


18 comments:

  1. I dont get Twitter AT ALL!! But I have an account and occasionally look at it, but I dont get it!! (unless some one else composes a tweet for me!)

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  2. You are so inspiring Leigh. Honestly. Way to go!!!

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  3. Per all the progress you have made on your journey I imagine a lot of people would follow you on twitter. Very inspirational!

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  4. I have been on twitter for awhile and still am not quite about . The picture of your pants with you and your son must really make you smile. You have done much in such a short time!

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  5. They sell those pants in Australia at the gift shops for tourists as Kangaroo and me too britches. I think the name of the clothing outlet is hip hop jeans:D) That's a handsome young man you got there skinny mom:)

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  6. OMG! I just started a Twitter page yesterday (or was it Sunday)LOL! How funny is that! I would love to follow you!!

    Leigh-you are amazing & I'm grateful for your support. Yup, my "renewed" old years resolution that my husband and I began this new year is holding steady. And reading great blogs like yours is an inspiration :) P.S. I don't even know what a hashtag is!

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  7. Welcome to twitter I am still trying to figure it out and see the point of it! Must be a pint otherwise it wouldn't be so popular :) right so I'll follow you ....

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  8. What I want to know is how you both got in and out of those pants without doing a big face plant.

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  9. that first picture! haha :)
    I don't have twitter but I might have to stalk you any way:D

    Hope your IT band continues improving. Happy 10 months of running, just look where you've come in that time!

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  10. I have a twitter but I never really tweet, but I will look you up! Love that picture!!

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  11. I think that is one of the best pictures, you look so happy!

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  12. Love the pic of you and your son..he is a cutie as are you! I don't get twitter either...now FB I am a fan!

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  13. Princess Bride is one of my favorites! Love the pic!

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  14. You look AMAZING!!! Love the obligatory photo -- it ticks me off endlessly that I trashed my old jeans before I took a similar picture in them. But at that moment I was focused on getting my larger clothes OUT of the house, because when they left, all hope for dressing decently if I put the weight back on was gone, LOL

    I adore the Princess Bride, so much that I have the movie downloaded onto my phone. I believe this makes me a total nerd.

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  15. I love that picture! The advice in this post is also wise but motivational.

    :-) Marion

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  16. Hi, I'm glad I found your blog!

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