Before we get to that, let's back up to that morning. The weather was gorgeous, so I decided that instead of being cooped up in my bedroom on the treadmill, I'd actually GO OUTSIDE!
I put on my spiffy new compression capris and the teal top. The capris were actually ALMOST one size too big! The waist was a bit loose, and I had to use the interior drawstring to tighten it a bit. That was weird! The tee was just about perfect (I'm still retaining a Volkswagen, so I've bloated out to almost a full size bigger...) I tucked my cell phone into the little pocket in the back and headed out the door for an 'out and back' from my house to a major road about a mile away, giving me a total of 2 miles.
The day was gorgeous, not too hot, but after I got 3 or 4 blocks down the road, I realized that perhaps I shouldn't be doing this today - the winds changed direction and smoke from local wildfires began blowing my way!
|The Caribbean, Olive and 8Mile are the local wildfires|
Anyway, by the time I make it to Waldo Rd (the big road and my turn around point), I looked at my watch and saw that about 16 minutes had passed. I must have not started the stopwatch correctly, that seemed wrong. I turned around and headed home, missing a red light and having to stop for about a minute or two, which I took advantage of and stretched my legs.
When I got home, I looked at my stop watch, which said 34 minutes. I looked at the microwave and it jibed up with my watch. I DID 2 MILES IN 34 MINUTES!!! That is a 17-minute mile, people! 1 minute off the race-required 16-minute mile! I was stoked, so happy! I was also sweaty, tired and thirsty. I grabbed a huge cup of water and headed to my bedroom to change.
When I got into my room, a though dawned on me. I never took before photos when I started this journey. I've since had two separate people (who don't know each other in the least) tell me that I've 'got it goin on!' and that I've 'lost a fuck-ton of weight'. My husband says he sees it, but for me - once a fat girl, always a fat girl. It's very hard for me to see it. I decided that, before I got changed, I'd take some photos.
I have to be very clear on one thing: In my before photo, I was sucking it in. In my current photos, I had to deliberately NOT suck it in, to get an accurate reflection of what my body looks like. As a woman, it is so hard to not suck it in!
|December 2011 - About 225 Pounds|
|I don't know why I didn't smile.|
|I could fly away with those wings!|
|Side view - much smaller gut|
|Run Disney tech tee I recently bought|
|Back of Run Disney tech tee|
I have a dilemma regarding this RunDisney tee. I bought it to train in. It doesn't fit (it's so much scarier in person!). Should I return it to get a men's version (that will fit my boobs and gut) or should I hang it on my closet (like in the 'soon' photo) and use it as motivation? If I hang it, I probably won't fit into it for at least 2 months. If I get the men's version, I can wear it NOW. I'm so torn! If I could find an extra $30, I could have both :) Maybe I'll think about that a bit....
So anyway, that was my Sunday. It was the first Sunday since I started (I think) that I ran. I'll keep it up as long as weather permits, but in Florida, summer comes early and it brings disgusting humidity.