Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The post about bat wings, tankinis, Queen Victoria and hill repeats

After my clinic run on Sunday morning, this is pretty much what
I did for the rest of the weekend.

My legs finally feel semi-normal again.  I'm glad I listened to my body and rested yesterday and today.  I'm feeling good enough that I think that I'm going to do my core workout later tonight after The Boy is in bed.  Since my massage therapist says he can see definite toning in my glutes and upper thigh area, I'm motivated to continue with the physio exercises and even step it up a notch. That is really my only trouble area (besides my upper arms/bat wings).  The ass and thighs I can work on, the bat wings are in need of surgical intervention.  Maybe next year after I've been at goal for a while longer.  Perhaps one day I'll be brave enough to photograph them and show y'all what a mess they are!

So I'm going to do something this summer I have not done since I was about 6 years old.  I'm going to wear a two piece bathing suit.  Now don't get too excited.  It will be a tankini because I honestly would just never feel comfortable wearing a bikini.  Even though my abs are in pretty decent shape, when I bend over there is still wrinkly skin that hangs down.  I need to get a hula hoop and work on toning the tummy!  I keep saying that and I'm clearly talking smack!  I need to stop talking already and get on with it!  When I get my tax return back, I think I'm gonna get me one of these collapsible Ninja Hoops!  The bigger the hoop, the better the ab work out, or so I hear.

My tankini in size M!

Yesterday was a holiday in Canada.  We celebrated Victoria Day to commemorate Queen Victoria's birthday who was our monarch from 1876 to 1901.  That was a long time ago, and if I can't appreciate her for anything else, I get a holiday every May because of her and also get to read tons of trashy novels that take place in her era.  Thanks Your Highness!  I spent the afternoon sipping red wine on my girlfriend's deck.  The absolute perfect way to spend a holiday weekend!

I'm back to my regular running schedule tomorrow.  I'm tapering now so I won't be delivering the 50K this week that I have been running.  My long run this weekend?  Six kilometers.  I'll be running 8K with my 10K clinic on Sunday, so I'll get a little extra in.  Tomorrow's practice run has us starting hill repeats.  The hill we use is about 500m in length and we run up and down it three times, adding a hill every week until we get to six.  Thank goodness my quads are feeling better.  I was a little nervous after my run on Sunday when I felt like I'd been chewed up and spit out.  I thought that maybe I really over did it (and maybe I did) and wouldn't recover in time.  But the body is a funny thing.  When you listen to it and give it what it needs (ie: healthy food, exercise and rest), it works wonders for you!

I just spent $150 on fresh produce, lean meat, fish, nuts, oils (to cook with), dog food, lunch stuff for The Boy and my fridge is packed!  Another week where I have proven to myself yet again that it does not cost a lot of money to eat healthy.  I bought enough meat/fish so I won't have to purchase any protein for a few weeks.  It takes a little longer to go through flyers and do price matching, but in the end, it's totally worth it! I must have saved $30 this week.  Next week's grocery bill will be even less.  I'll only have to purchase produce and lunch stuff for Julien.  A little planning goes a long way!

13 comments:

  1. Look at your legs, fabulous!

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  2. Hi Leigh! Love tankinis and trashy novels so much!!!

    Are you sure that part of your batwings issue doesn't involve under-developed tricep muscles? in front of the mirror, put your arm straight out and clinch your fist upward really tightly to see if when you tighten the tricep that some of the stuff hanging down doesn't pop back up.

    :-) Marion

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    1. Nope about the tricep muscle:( Sadly, the skin just hangs there waiting for me to swing it to and fro...My arms were always a mess, more so when I was morbidly obese! I'll need surgery if I ever want to wear sleeveless tops, which I really do!

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    2. Well, even with some arm issues, you still got cuter than the rest of us when you lost your weight. ~ Marion

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  3. Hi Leigh, I have a theory about why you have so few problems with loose skin...you've been eating very clean while losing so your skin has been getting plenty of nutrients. I have a sister that lost about the same amount of weight with crash dieting and wasn't eating healthy. Her skin hung down like tired drapes. She was in bad need of surgery (or a staple gun:) In the end, she didn't change her lifestyle and quickly gained it all back. So...good on you for keeping it healthy!

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  4. I totally feel your pain on the batwing issue. I love the way my arms look when they are down at my sides...but watch out when I wave to you, ya might get smacked it the face lol :)

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  5. The running has really toned up your legs. Looking good! I am glad to hear you are listening to your body and resting from running when you have pain. I am another one who enjoys trashy novels but haven't had a chance to read one in ages!

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  6. Extreme couponing looks fun. My sister saves a bunch of money doing that stuff. Those shows on TV are pretty amazing seeing how much money people end up saving that way.

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  7. You are amazing and so inspiring!!! Shelia sorry for some reason I can't use my name and blog spot!!

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  8. Your legs look awesome and I am so jealous of the tankini..wish I could wear one!

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  9. I have troublesome bat wings too. You will look lovely in your new swim suit.

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  10. I'm sure you will look great in tankini..waiting for some awsome snaps :)

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