Showing posts with label thankful. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thankful. Show all posts

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thankful Thursday

Over the weekend I cleaned out my closet. I took everything out I knew was too big and any winter stuff that still fit, I packed away. While packing those items away I found my "Jared pants" that I kept from my highest weight.

So I tried them on....

Excuse the unkempt hair...I was mid-cleaning!

It was unbelievable to be reminded how far I've come. I started on the upper end of size 28. I was starting to "grow out" of size 28 and I feared where I would be able to buy my clothes because I already had trouble finding 28s in a brick and mortar store (Lane Bryant was really the only place I shopped).

I am thankful I have lost 119 pounds from my highest weight. I am thankful I have the support of my friends and family who have been there to encourage me. I am thankful that even though I haven't lost much in 6 months, I have not gained anything either. I am thankful for the support and encouragement of those who read and comment on this blog. It's true, I'd like to lose another 40 lbs, but even if I don't realize that goal on the scale I know that I am healthier and fitter than I was 4 years ago. And for that I am thankful.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Watch me finish the Mercedes Half Marathon

Thank you to EVERYONE who commented, emailed, tweeted or said any form of congrats to me the last few days. I am overwhelmed with the support and I feel so blessed to have each and every one of you in my life, whether we just know each other through the screens of our computers or you are the friends I lean to in my everyday life - I love you all!

video

That is a video of me finishing the half marathon on Sunday. Look at my cute little waddle run. Ha. Ha. The rest of the photos can be found here. Can't say I like any of them.



Official finishing times also were posted. I originally estimated I finished around 3:40. Well, the half-marathon Gods shone down upon me and my official race time was 3 hours 34 minutes 55 seconds. That's a 16:25 minute per mile pace!!! I exceeded everything I thought I was capable of on this day and the resulting confidence in myself and my body is astounding.



What's even more unbelievable to me is that my 10K time (6.2 miles) was 1 hour 34 minutes and 26 seconds or a 15:14 minute per mile pace. That means, my goal of a 45 minute 5K (and maybe 1:30 10K are within my reach).



Though, for now, my goals lie in other fitness areas (more on that tomorrow).



Also, in case you missed it, Emily over at Skinny Emmie was kind enough to allow me to guest post my half marathon training tips on her blog. She's doing her first half-marathon in April and I couldn't be more thrilled to watch her as she shares her journey to the finish line over the next few months. So for any of you who may be thinking a half-marathon is on your horizon, take a gander. And if you think a half-marathon is out of your reach, it's not. Trust me, just a little over 2 years ago I couldn't walk 3 miles if my life depended on it. Especially not at a 16:25 minute per mile pace.