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Friday, December 30, 2011

Running again - its hard but feels so great!

Went to Talbots today - they're having a 40% off sale btw - and went to the rack of size 14 pants.  I still can't believe that I can wear a size 14 off the rack and not just get lucky with a generously cut pair of pants that happens to have a size 14 label inside.  I bought some slim cut jeans and some other pants.  I'm also realizing that I have a big butt.  I've always had some junk in the trunk, but when you're heavier, it all just kinds of blends in, you know, everything is big.  Now that I'm revealing a shape, I'm realizing I have a big butt.  Proportionately, a big butt.  Actually, I'm kind of glad about that.  Because that means, when I get to my goal weight, I'll still have some butt on me, which I think looks good on a woman.  Personally, I like women with strong legs and some junk back there.

Hmmm, do we have a type?  I mean I guess we do have a preference for or a type that we'd 'like' to look like if it was really a choice and genetics didn't play a role.  I don't want to look skinny - I want to look shapely and athletic.  I also like women who have great shoulders and defined biceps.  That, my friends, is definitely NOT in my genetics.  Won't happen no matter what I do.  But that's ok.  I build muscle really easily in my legs and I have great legs!  Just think what they'll look like when I'm 40 lbs lighter and am running like I'm supposed to!

New Years plans around here keep changing.  We're supposed to go to an invitation only party at one of my favorite oceanfront restaurants/bar.  One couple in our small group has already bowed out - party poopers!!  The other 3 are still hanging in.  I also still need to get a sitter.....

I ran today on the boardwalk.  It was a gorgeous 50-60 degrees today.   Its really tough when you get back started into running.  I ran only 3.5 miles and had to stop for some 30-60 second walk breaks - about 5 times.  I can't wait for the day when you get to the point where you feel like you can run forever.  Its such an awesome feeling when you get there.  I know it won't take me long - as long as I'm consistent.  I just cannot tell you how great that is.  You feel so powerful and content and strong!  Its AWESOME!!

Right now the scale says, 190 - I'm up 6-8 lbs - I'm looking forward to those long 5-8-10 mile runs so that I can also torch some calories and get these pounds off!

 I also stopped at the new lululemon store on the way home, had some starbucks, then met my husband and daughter for sushi for a late lunch.  After that we took the kids to the movies - and saw Sherlock Holmes.  It was entertaining for sure.  I liked it!   What a wonderful day!

I hope you all are have a great weekend too!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wow - its been a while since I posted

I can't believe its been so long since I've been to my own blog.  I actually have missed reading about everyone and the whole community.  It started back when I had to miss my flight to Boobs Chicago in October because my son broke his arm.  It kind of all unraveled from there and I withdrew from blogland.  Mostly because I was living life in only a few hours per day because I have been so busy with my new job.  Much to my dismay, this job - perhaps because its new and I have so much to learn about the pharmaceutical industry - has really sucked up my time.  If you all remember, I took severance from my job in telecommunications after 17 years in pursuit of a job with less stress and more flexibility.  Sometimes, you just don't know until you try it.  So, I got this job 2 weeks after I ended my prior job and it turns out this job is pretty high pace and personal time consuming.

I've made the decision, to not stay, but instead work for a year and half and save for a tummy tuck, pay off the house, and to be able to quit and actually take time off this time around.  Then I want to take a job that doesn't require so much time away from my family, or perhaps start a business of my own.

After I ran the half marathon in September, I hadn't run/exercises since.  Only sporadically.  I was literally coming home from work at 7pm and so mentally exhausted I just didn't have time and was too tired to find the time.  I've only gained about 5 lbs, which I think is great considering how poorly I was stress eating.

I've begun a 10 week training plan again.  Six months into my new job, I'm learning where and how I can work in running again.

Mr. Coconuts and I just got back from a week in Mexico - a few weeks ago.  It was just what I needed to slow down again.  And it was GORGEOUS!  Turquoise water, warm sunny weather, and a swim up bar!    The best part was that the last time I was in Mexico, 3 years ago, I was 50 pounds heavier.  It was so nice to feel so much better about how I looked and felt this time.  I'm looking forward to next time and losing even more!  I can believe what a big difference 50lbs makes.  Its a world of difference!

I finally got the quartz countertops installed.  Almost finished painting the cabinets.  So stuff around the house is also getting done.

I sure hope all of you are doing well!  I am looking forward to finding balance and catching up on your blogs.  I'm also looking forward to running another half in March as well as training between now and then to get to that point where I can run it with ease!

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