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Welp, here goes.....not sure how I'll do at this but I'll give it a whirl! Hope you enjoy. "Yearning to be Average" has to do with my desire & goal to just be an average size person.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family......Thanksgiving is just about my favorite holiday (it's a toss-up between that and Christmas). 

It's a quiet day here, I already went to the gym and ran this morning - I'm thankful for gyms that are open for a few hours on holidays! 

Jerry's at the firehouse but will be home in time for dinner tonight.  We're celebrating Thanksgiving on Saturday with Lynn (Nick & Sarah's mom) at her house.  SO excited for that!  I even bought a new sweater for the occasion - from the JUNIORS department!  Haha! 

I'm thankful for this past year especially and for all the changes made. 

Have a great day! 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The day after Christmas letdown

Okay so not much new to report here, still in my routine of working out, etc.  After my one-year-iversary though it was kind of a letdown, to be honest.  It's kinda like I said, "oh wow - guess I do have to keep on working out, stay in my routine, etc."  lol  I love it now though, am addicted to running and working out.  I never thought I'd say that!

My weight is still the same, haven't been as strict the past couple weeks but it was kind of nice to have a break.  I'm still working out, as I said, but I let myself relax a bit.  I'm ready to get back in full-force though. 

Jerry's been in Florida this week but I've done fairly well without my trainer....except for those Cape Cod chips that magically appeared in my pantry.  Heehee!  He'll be home tomorrow afternoon and then on Sunday (his birthday), we're running that 5-mile road race in Waterbury.  I'm looking forward to it!

Minor setback the past week or so, had some tightness in my hamstring....right behind the knee, it's right where the hamstring attaches I guess.  I felt it in a nagging way while Jerry and I ran 8 miles last Tuesday (the 8th) and it really bothered me after that. So much so that I was even walking with a slight limp.  We've been stretching it a lot, resting it and changing up my cardio.  I've done more on the elliptical and bike than I usually do.  That's great and all but still very frustrating for me.  I did try and run this past Sunday and ran for a bit but it was still bothering me.  I will say the past day or two it's felt better, still not 100% but much better than it was!  I'm hoping the rest I've given it will enable to me to do okay on Sunday.

That's it for now!  Will hopefully have some pics from the run on Sunday!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Me!

So November 4, 2010 was my first official weigh-in - when my journey first officially began.  It's been a year now and I spent Friday (Nov 4, 2011) reflecting a lot on the changes that have taken place during this past year. 

The biggest change, of course, is the 81 pounds I've lost to date.  It's strange to try & wrap your head around how much weight that is....the closest I've come to understanding it fully is to pick up one of the 75-pound dumbbells at the gym (no, not a person, an actual dumbbell).  lol  That's the biggest dumbbell they have and yesterday I attempted to pick one up and barely could....Jerry said, "imagine - you used to basically carry that around your neck."  It really hits home when you feel that and imagine carrying that much more weight around.  No wonder my knees would be sore sometimes after a day of walking.

The second change is my clothes - of course I'm in smaller clothes and I have many more options with what to wear.  It's so much nicer being able to shop in basically any store I want and to be able to buy cuter stuff - because we all know that cute plus-size clothes are hard to come by.  Apparently, in case you didn't know, plus-size people like to dress like grandmas and wear polyester.  ::rolling eyes::   lol

The third change - and one of the most important - is I am in much better health.  I couldn't walk up the stairs at work last year without feeling winded.  I could only run 3 minutes on the treadmill at a time when I began this journey last year.  Now I can run 8 miles/80 minutes....and probably longer, that's just the furthest I've pushed it so far.  I'm now training for a half-marathon.  We originally planned for me to train for one in May in Brooklyn....but Jerry's thinking I may be ready by March for one in NYC.  So that is the plan....we're going to keep building on my long distance runs, slowly building up to 13 miles between now and March. 

I'm including a few before/after pics just for fun.  That part is fun for me because it's the easiest way for me to see a difference.  I'm not finished with this journey yet, of course.  I still plan to lose possibly 19 more pounds, to make an even 100 pounds lost.  That will still have me at a good, healthy weight for my height and build. 

Here's to the next year in my journey!