Mon: 3 miles tempo
Tue: 5 miles at 10k pace
Wed: 3 miles easy
Thu: REST, I went to volunteer at my kids school that day instead of Friday because Friday was off.
Fri: 5 miles HILLS at the Gym.
Sat: 3 miles
Sun: 10k Race
total: 25 miles
So far this week is going good except for warmer weather..of course the cool temps were not going to last...:(
I did all my runs outside and so no HILLS or speedwork this week. I know all next week will be on the treadmill so I took advantage of outdoor runs for this week.
I found a Turkey Trot! A local one! I had found 2; one on a trail and I did not want to do that and the other one was 40 miles away..for a 5k I was not convinced. The one I will do is 10 min away and they have a kids 1k race!
On my last race report I mentioned that I have now lost 75 lbs and that got me a lot of comments and emails. First thank you all for the really really nice comments. You guys know how to make a gal feel good!
I don't talk about my weight loss a whole lot here, I don't want to bore you guys with this. This week I got some people who asked to see before and after pictures. Ayayaye...I hate looking at those pictures. I used to hate having my picture taken. I would try to sit and always ask Bill not to get my legs. I would always volunteer to be the one taking the pictures. I did found pictures to show you. I have to tell you that, even though I am aware that I do not look the same as I did before, in my head I still see me like the old me. I still put XL on the registration forms for races and when I go shopping (very rarely!), I still pick up jeans in sizes 16 even though I now need 4 or 6. OK here we go...
|See the size of my thighs and fat knees?|
Good thing Maggie saves the picture here.
|I HATE this picture.|
|That is Will next to me|
I was asked how did I loose 75 lbs. There was no magic pill. I changed my diet. A complete 360. I got sick and developed GI problems. I had my Gallbladder removed and I have GERD since then. I used to eat after 8 pm, in front of the TV and a lot of junk food. Oh yeah the 3 big NO NO all at the same time. Pizza, Wings, Burgers, Mozzarella Sticks, Chinese take out. It was not pretty. Not every day but it was often. I did not used to eat like this when I was single. But with Bill we got into these really lazy bad habits. After the kids I was overwhelmed and I let myself go. Excuses? Yes 100%.
I am 5'11" and I think it was "easier" to "hide" the extra lbs because I am so tall. Most people I know tell me NOW that I was not fat. Yes I was. Nobody can loose 75 lbs and look "normal" after, without being overweight to begin with.
After my Gallbladder surgery I took all spicy food and fatty food out of my diet. The truth is if I eat that stuff I do get sick. So far no food is worth it. I have friends with the same issues and they choose to still eat the junk food once in a while and to deal with the consequences. It would not kill me but I made the choice to change my lifestyle. It is not always easy and it demands a lot of discipline because I do not impose my diet on my family. I think it was 3 mos after that I started running. So to answer the person who asked if I lost 75 lbs just with running, the answer is NO. It is changing my diet AND running. This was about 40 lbs down and those pants were size 14.
|This is me trying on my wedding dress on my 10th wedding anniversary last May|
And today I look like this:
I would never want to go back to how I was before. I am frustrated with my diet at times because there are things I would like to eat once in a while and I can't because of how it would make me feel. I do feel stronger and better than I did 10 yrs ago and that is after having 2 kids after turning 35!!! :) I am 42 now and I can run 13.1 miles. If someone had told me 5 yrs ago that I would run 5 half marathons in 2011 I would have never believed them.
Thank you again for your kind comments and for reading.
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