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It Finally Fits

Published September 22, 2012 by meee2

Soooo…I’ve had this t-shirt sitting in my dresser for 2 or 3 years.

When I bought it, I was in a hurry. I didn’t have time to try it on, but it was on a major sale. I grabbed the biggest size and hoped for the best.

When I got home and put it on I looked like a stuffed sausage. It was terrible. It was embarrassing. I’m not sure how I even got the thing off. I wasn’t really surprised, but it was still kind of a blow.

I hung onto it. I knew one day I would be able to put the damn thing on and look decent in it.

One of my goals in my weight loss journey was to finally be able to wear this t-shirt.

I’ve been eyeballing it, sitting there in the drawer off an on throughout these years. I’ve even put it on a couple times, hoping that it would miraculously fit.

Today, I couldn’t find anything clean to wear. Yep laundry time. I went to my drawers to see if there was a wayward tank top that I could throw on.

I saw this shirt.

I thought, well, let’s just put this on to see how far I have to go.

As it effortlessly slipped over my head and down into place, there were instantly tears in my eyes.

It fits. I even have some room to spare.

Even better? My vintage T is brand spanking new. Hahahaha!!

Small miracles. I look for them everyday.

I Totally Rocked That 8 Miles

Published September 12, 2012 by meee2

Big deal, you might say?

To me, yes. I think that’s the farthest I’ve ever run. I’m not even sure the U.S. Army ever made me run that far (Thank God).

I was extremely nervous going into the run. A couple weeks ago I did a 6.5 mile run. When I was finished my back was killing me and both of my feet had some awesome cramps going on, let me tell you.

I was worried the same, or worse, would happen. All for nothing. It was a good run. No aches or pains. I felt hella good (yes, it’s okay to go back to the 90’s for just a second)!!

I even had a negative split. It was a small one, but it was still there. I think I was just tired of running around and around that track. I had to hurry so I could be DONE!! I really think I’m able to achieve the negative splits by running the Jeff Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN (TM) method. It has been a LIFESAVER for me, for sure.

If you’re on RunKeeper you should join my Street Team. I love the encouragement of seeing how much my teammates are doing. I’m also on Earndit. I’m pretty sure those links will take you to my profiles. If not, let me know so I can fix it.

Well, Back To Running Shoes

Published September 6, 2012 by meee2

Thank goodness! I loved The Party Dress, but I definitely feel more comfortable in my running shoes.

Last week my exercise consisted only of two days of Zumba.

Yep. Zero days of running.

Which wouldn’t be so horrible, but I’m in the middle of training for my first half marathon. I don’t feel guilty. I never let myself feel guilty for missing a work out or eating something delicious. That’s not what this journey is about. This is about helping my body, mind, and spirit feel healthy and good, which isn’t as easy for me without the running part.

I was okay with no running till the weekend hit. I was in Las Vegas for a big surprise birthday party for one of the uncles, and for a reunion on that side of the family.

I was barely able to sleep. And certainly not for lack of being tired or trying to sleep.

My anxieties were very high. I’m not just talking about the jitters of meeting a bunch of new people for the first time. I’m talking, crazy, off the wall, jump at everything type of anxiety, which also tied into the sleeping problem. I kept jolting awake just SURE I had heard someone coming in the hotel room, or SURE my husband was asleep while he was driving……

I was really dragging my feet. Almost everything I did there seemed like a monumental task. Take a shower? Take the kids to the pool? Take the kids upstairs to the suite to eat with the family? It was tough to make my body go.

I think I may have mentioned (maybe not) that I was a smoker for a while. I didn’t start until I was 27. I’m not sure why in the hell I started then. I mean, come on! I’d gone for almost 30 years without a cigarette. Why start? I don’t know, but I did. I’ve quit off and on through the years. I quit again around April of this year, after I started running. I had about 2 1/2 packs of cigarettes from Friday morning until Monday morning.

I could tell on this run. Just 5 minutes into my run I was sucking some major wind. Then I started coughing and hacking. A couple hours later I’m still hacking a little bit.

Smoking + Running = Really effing stupid.

Anyway, enough about the complaining.

My run, despite the breathing issues, was awesome. How could it not be? I feel so much better right now. My mind is calmer, my body is more relaxed, I’m overall happier.

And this weekend? It was epic.

I love my family. I can’t wait to see them again.

The husband is missing. He got suckered into emceeing. :o)