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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

I Did It!

I did it!  I ran my first 5k this weekend!  I was aiming for finishing the 5k in 45 minutes... I finished in 40:35!  I picked the right race for attitude...it was a fun run and only a few serious runners signed up.  I may have picked the wrong one for terrain as it was fairly hilly and at one point turns into a desert course that is entirely uphill, so I wasn't able to run the whole thing.  I walked up the steeper hills but tried to run the most I could.  I finished almost a full 5 minutes faster than the goal I had set for myself and I didn't even finish last!  It was such a feeling of accomplishment crossing that finish line.  Overall I even felt pretty good the rest of the day and the day after.  My ankles are a little sore and so is my back.  I think that's the difference in impact on pavement/dirt as opposed to the treadmill.  I also didn't stretch after which I think made a huge difference.  I've been religious about my stretching which has seemed to ward off the soreness.  Lesson learned for next time.  Outside of the running itself, there was a smaller NSV hidden in there.  I got a free tshirt for the run and I picked a size large (would normally never go below an XL for something like this) and it was a little too big.  I probably should've gotten a medium but I wouldn't have felt comfortable in it.  Can you believe that? A medium!

Me with my first race number ever.


Action Shot


Red Faced Finish Line Picture

Of course the girls had to offer their moral support so they joined me in the foot massager after.




Yesterday was Weigh In Day, of course.  181.5.  -3 lbs since last week!  I had felt I had made better choices throughout the week than I had previously but I wasn't expecting a huge drop.  So happy the scale is cooperating!

Weekend was pretty good.  Friday night, we went to my oldest daughter's family dance at school.  It was some music and a bunch of kids jumping around but it was fun.  It was only an hour and a half out of our lives so not so bad.  I told my husband as we were leaving that we should enjoy it while we can because the day will come when she not only doesn't want us to go to a dance with her but she'll want to go with a...gulp... BOY. 

Saturday, we did the 5k in the morning and then I went out shopping for a new outfit to reward myself.  All my stuff is hanging on me so I decided to try to find something that actually fit.  I was bummed when I went to Target and all their size 16 stuff fit but looked terrible.  So based on what I've read on these blogs, I headed to Old Navy.  I have NEVER shopped there because I wasn't aware of the vanity sizing until I started reading blogs.  Well, now that's the ONLY place I'll shop.  It's soooo good for the ego.  LOL.  At Old Navy, I'm a size 14!  Yes, you read that right, a size 14!  Talk about vanity sizing!  But I don't care.  I found a pair of denim capris and a tshirt I liked and they were both on sale.  My new favorite-ist store EVER!

Then we went to my hubby's friend's house so the girls could play with their daughters.  We had a good time and stayed until around 9.  This is part of my "Get Social" effort and it went well. 

Sunday, we went to a Spring Training game and had lots of fun.  I ate way too much including a hotdog, nachos, popcorn and yes...SODA!  I haven't really had soda since being banded and it tasted soooo good.  I felt like such a pig though.  I should probably also say that my daughter probably ate 1/4 of my hotdog and the popcorn and nachos were shared by the entire family.  As for the soda, I had maybe 6 sips the entire day.  I also skipped dinner.  So calorie wise, I think everything evened out.

Also, I wanted to give you all an update on the issues I've been having with my mom.  Either she reads my blog (If so, hi mom) or it's just interesting timing but she's made a few comments about my weight loss lately and even went so far as to buy me new bras since I was complaining about the old ones not fitting as well.  She also commented on how I need to buy some more stuff since everything is just hanging off of me.  She's right and that's partly why I went shopping over the weekend.  It's just one outfit but it's a start and it does feel nice wearing clothes that fit.  It was also really nice to get the compliments from her and know the effort hasn't gone unnoticed. 

That was my weekend in a nutshell.  I want to thank everyone for the well wishes on my first 5k.  As I was running, I could hear you all cheering me on in my head and it definitely makes a difference.  Even though it's Tuesday, I leave you with a Belated Monday DEMotivator (I was apparently so demotivated, I couldn't get this posted yesterday):

21 comments:

Lyla said...

Look at you, 5k runner! Congrats for finishing in even less time than you set for goal-- that's awesome.

And the loss! That's fabulous-- it's paying off for you.

Leslie said...

Congrats on the 5k!! You did awesome with your time.

Clothes really do make a difference. My stuff is starting to hang off of me and I need to get some new work clothes and thenjeans. I've been living in yoga pants lately because my jeans are way too baggy to wear.

Amanda said...

I was so waiting for this post yesterday! I couldn't wait to hear how your race went! I am extreamly proud...I know that is insane that someone who doesn't know you ( I mean I know you from here) could be so proud but I am not lying when I say it. Promise. What an amazing thing to have your kids see you do. What an amazing thing for YOU to do for yourself. One day my friend..I might just join you. But right now I am too scared to try it.

Good for getting a new outfit as well. A 14 none the less. Beautiful!

Theresa aka Tessie Rose said...

Wow!!! I'm so impressed, good for you! And great on the size 14, I still haven't tried Old Navy, maybe soon!

Susan said...

So impressive!!! Big congratulations to you. You are doing amazing!

Sherry said...

Amazing! Great time for your first 5K! You look like an athlete!

Jess said...

I told you that you would do better than you thought! Booyah!

So glad you did well and sounds like you had a nice weekend too.

Congrats on the new clothes. It is nice to feel good in your clothes.

~Lisa~ said...

I've been anxiously waiting for this post!! In the immortal words of Dora, "YOU DID IT!!" You are sooooo amazing and I am sooooo proud of YOU!!

I love the pictures too! You're so full of life, and looking so very happy! The red face is a wonderful thing - a picture of health!

GREAT job!!

Amanda said...

That is so freaking AWESOME and inspiring! Congrats to you!!

Catherine55 said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Way to go, superstar!! That is just amazing! :) :)

-Grace- said...

GREAT JOB!

Stacey said...

Great job! You are awesome! :)

Ronnie said...

You're awesome, Manda! :) Can't believe how well you did!

Fluffy said...

Congratulations! You killed your time goal!

Amanda Kiska said...

Wow! You look great! I haven't seen any recent pictures of you. You are really slimming down! And down 3 lbs?!?! So jealous!

Rachel said...

I love these photos...its the culmination of a lot of hard work....You did great...and I can see the losses in your face...it is getting smaller and even more beautiful!!!

Maria said...

Congrats on your 5k!

Jen said...

Kick-ass!!!!! You look fantastic! And I'm so impressed with your time!!! Congrats!

Dawnya said...

Yeah!!! Congratulations on finishing your first 5k. Good job!

Stephanie M. said...

Congratulations! That's such a huge accomplishment.

reneasskinnylove.blogspot.com said...

Where was the 5K held? Congrats by the way! You are doing amazing on your weight loss! You and I are sitting right at about the same weight right now..It has been slow moving for me! That is for sure!But I know eventually I will get there.I know I too am so close to the size Medium I was just telling the hubby this and it will be the first time ever in adulthood and that is a crazy though to me! Is it possible that you really are a size 14?? because I do know at 179 I am sitting between a 16 and a 14..So it may very well be that you are a 14!