Thursday, January 3, 2013

Runners they do get weary

I am feeling weary!  I just finished my 5th day in a row of running and my body is in need of a rest day.  I ran 40K over the last 5 days and did some serious hill repeats yesterday.  Maybe I need 2 days rest.  Sunday is my long run, and it will be my longest run to date.  14K I think.

It has been a busy couple of days.  I'm back to work and even though I like that the traffic has been very light because lots of people are still off on vacation, I have tons of paperwork to catch up on. Tomorrow is strictly a paper day in the office.  Hate those days:(

Check out what I found under my bed.  An old pair of pants I wore at my heaviest.  Size 24 Addition Elle black jeans.  I've done the old skinny pants on fat pants comparison   Holy Hanna!  I can't believe that I used to squeeze into those babies!

Size 10 American Eagle jeans on top of size 24 Addition Elle jeans.

I also found a HORRIBLE before picture of myself that I nabbed off of my girlfriend Nokomis's Facebook page.  This was taken at one of her family's barbecues about six years ago.  I was pregnant here, but you can't even tell.  I'm wearing the same shirt in both pictures below.  I truly don't look any less pregnant in the picture on the right than I do from the picture on the left.  Maybe I look more pregnant...even though I wasn't.  I'll say this again.  My mother must have been guiding me from Heaven because it's a miracle I had a problem free pregnancy!

Pregnant here...
Not pregnant here.






















I ended up making a big turkey dinner for New Years Day.  I love turkey.  And although I ate some at Christmas, I didn't really get my fill.  So now I am officially full of turkey...until I make soup next weekend with the frozen carcass.  This is pretty much what I have been eating over the past few days.  It was really yummy and I love rutabaga and sweet potato mash.  The best stuff out there!

From nine o'clock, clockwise...turkey, green beans with pepper flakes and
garlic, rutabaga and sweet potato mash, squash, cumin carrots.

Tonight my butt is sore.  Or maybe it's my hamstrings.  No doubt from doing the five hill repeats yesterday.  I need a good stretching.  I see my massage dude next Friday and I'm looking forward to being manually stretched, and maybe my quads need stripping again.  We did a quick yoga class before our run tonight and I may have actually pulled something while doing the pigeon pose. I like yoga, but tonight's quick class was a bit too rushed for my taste.  I wasn't doing any of the stretches properly because the instructor moved on too quickly before I could work on my form.

I was chatting with some co-workers today about my lifestyle.  I mentioned how I have never felt better in my life and I actually feel good almost all the time (except for the odd ache and pain from running).  I never have digestive problems and because I'm so regimented with my eating, it's much easier to resist temptation.  I went from almost 300 pounds to 167ish (I go in for my maintenance weigh-in on the 14th, but my pants are getting lose again).  I also went from being completely sedentary to a pretty avid runner with the resting heart-rate of an athlete.  I still wonder how in the hell I did this!  Trust me, if I can do this anyone can.  And now that I'm here, I can't ever imagine going back to the way I was.  There's no food on earth that tastes better than how I feel! And did I mention that I love running?

17 comments:

  1. You are just such a wonderful inspiration!
    Great stuff with all the running. A day or two off sounds great and then you'll rock that long run on Sunday! Good luck!

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  2. When my mom (deceased) was young and heavy she had a couple sets of clothing she referred to as her fat uniforms. She referred to them as uniforms because she wore them most all of the time. The jeans comparison is worth a thousand words. You have accomplished a great deal physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Good on you!

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  3. If you can do it then so can we! You've heard your admiration fan club!

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  4. The before and after jeans shot looks amazing. I can't really believe those before pictures are you. I am so used to seeing you post healthy, running, weight loss transformation.

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  5. You are an inspiration!!! You are right, if you can do it anyone can. I know for a fact that all the running makes one a much happier person:) Probably cheaper than therapy too! Love the fat pants thin pants pic...

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  6. You rock - I may just get my A** up and out and run this morning - its a balmy 33 degrees...gotta be warmer than where you are. Please pass along the rutabag/sweet potato mash recepie.

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  7. Love the picture of the jeans....you rock

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  8. You rock! Definitely sounds like it's time for a rest day...don't want to risk injury. :)

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  9. Ah, you're so funny with the pregnant/not pregnant pictures. I have some similar ones in my past too. :D

    :-) Marion

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  10. You make me want to get back into jogging again. Or at least train for another 5k race. I'm so happy for you and how you have made such progress for your health. Keep it up!

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  11. Love the jeans picture and the pre-healthy pictures are pretty amazing.

    You've made me hungry for turkey and rutabagas. I love sweet potatoes, but would never have thought to combine the two. I'm making my grocery list for tomorrow now!

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  12. Wow, those pants.. It's incredible what we can achieve when working hard enough for it. You absolutely rock!

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  13. OK, here is the question of a dummy; you said you aren't eating carbs. Are you speaking of "white" carbs, cause aren't sweet potatoes carbs? I guess I still don't get the whole no carb diet lifestyle. I know fruits and veggies have carbs, but they are good carbs?

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    1. I don't eat any processed carbs. I do eat carbs found in vegetables, with the exception of white potatoes. And yes, complex carbs are good carbs. I don't eat any bread, pasta, rice, crackers, flour...all that stuff that's hard to kick! I also don't eat any sugar, white or brown...Only natural sugars found in fruit...with the exception of bananas.

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  14. Thanks for the explanation! What's the deal with bananas? Too high glycemic?

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    1. I'm not 100% sure about the bananas. I know they're very high in sugar...it's just one of those fruits I hear you should avoid. And the doctor who created the diet I followed said they should be avoided as well. I'm okay with that. I only really enjoyed bananas in bread...with walnuts and chocolate chips:)

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