Living and Loving Life!

This weekend was the kind of weekend I want to continue to have for the rest of my life. It all started Friday morning when the run club girls decided to hold Flouro Friday. The mere act of dressing up in bright colours just gave a special feeling to the air and everyone was just a little silly. The session, despite being a tough one involving cross country running up hills and rock staircases absolutely flew by. I couldn’t believe it when it was over!

the run club girls get a little silly :-)

the run club girls get a little silly 🙂

Friday night I caught up with friends for dinner and drinks. I put on my magic birthday dress from Leona Edmiston (magic because when i put it on I seem to instantly lose a dress size), and caught the ferry into Darling Harbour on a gorgeous sunny afternoon. Not bad for winter! I felt great and I must have looked ok too because during the 2 minute walk from the ferry to the pub I got hit on! 5.30 in the afternoon and the guy was sober! First time in my life that has happened and it definitely gave me an ego boost. I didn’t count calories Friday night. I ate, I drank, I had an awesome evening with my friends…. and I got hit on no less than 3 times!

Unfortunately I drank a little too much so although I was awake and raring to go in time for bootcamp on Saturday morning I was in fact still too inebriated to drive there. Instead I spent the day marveling at how I was as wobbly on my legs as if I had done a heavy bootcamp session and getting ready for the Glow Run.  Saturday night, the Sydney Glow Run was my first ever fun run. I painted my official entry shirt, stocked up on the glow sticks and headed in for a fun night of running and dancing around Darling Harbour. I used to think “fun run” was an oxymoron. There’s nothing “fun” about running… except maybe when you stop. Saturday night changed my mind though. Hanging out with my friends, dressing up like crazy people, being surrounded by thousands of other people doing the same thing on a balmy Sydney evening,  it was AWESOME! The course was 5km around Darling Harbour and Pyrmont. It wasn’t a timed event and there were stations every couple of kms where they had music playing. I ran, and danced my way around the course, dodging regular folks who I’m sure thought we were all crazy as they headed to the Darling Harbour restaurants. I LOVED it!!! I’ll definitely be doing more fun runs 🙂 I decided it would be just as fast to walk home from the event than to take public transport, plus i was still feeling guilty about missing bootcamp, so I walked. An hour later I was home and ready to collapse into bed.

My first ever event pack!

My first ever event pack!

Party at the end of Glow Run

Party at the end of Glow Run

I’m not really sure why but Saturday night seemed to take more of a toll on my body than I expected so I skipped my planned 10km run this morning – I didnt want to hold anyone up if I couldn’t run the whole distance. I spent the day cleaning out my spare room, and finding clothes that had been too tight that were now too big. This afternoon I did the bay walk in the sunshine with a gorgeous friend

It was far from perfect but it has been an AWESOME weekend! I want more and more of those types of weekend in my future.

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Ups and downs and catching up

Sorry it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. Things have been pretty busy around here! Last week’s weigh in saw me drop 1.1kg. I was thrilled! This week the drop was 400g. That may not sound like much but when you consider I had 5 days worth of food/ alcohol events during the last week it’s a Christmas in July Miracle! What’s even better is that the 400g brings me to over 10kg lost this round which was my goal 🙂 No red flags planned this week so hoping for an even better result (as soon as I kick this pesky virus and can train properly again!)

One of my red flag events last week was a singles cocktail function. I signed up to attend whilst on a runners high after a Bay Run PB, and then promptly regretted it as soon as my endorphin levels dropped again. Being a “big girl” I’ve always felt like the ugly duckling at these things. I’m not one of those women who carries extra weight with style and class. I look like a big fat blob. Correction, a short fat blob. Needless to say my blobbishness, lack of any clothing style and complete absence of confidence doesn’t exactly have the guys lining up to ask me out. So with the singles function looming the stress of what to wear was in full force. “Cocktail” seems to mean short and sleeveless and skin-tight to the fashion world. As gorgeous as those dresses look on the size 8 models, I didn’t think them appropriate for me, especially in the middle of winter. (side note WOW do I feel the cold without my 20kgs of insulation!). Thank goodness for online shopping and fabulous friends who are happy enough to have you send them tons of links to possibilities. I eventually found something suitable and the tailor quickly altered it to make it more suitable for the vertically challenged.  My lovely hairdresser was able to squeeze me in for a wash and blow dry (I can never get my hair looking as good as she can), and because she could only do it late, I walked in dressed for the event. She hasn’t seen me for a few months and was gobsmacked at the change 🙂 Definitely gave me a boost before the event. The result was I attended the event feeling more confident than I have in years.

Dressed up for singles cocktail event

I didn’t have any luck with meeting a guy that night, but as it was the first time I’ve put myself out there in over 3 years I’m feeling good about it. Some of the girls I train with had asked me to show photos of me dressed for the event (they’ve only ever seen me in workout gear sweaty and red-faced) so I posted this pic in the Facebook group. Great ego boost. Some of the newer members wanted to know how far I’d come so I hunted around for a “before” shot. (Note to those starting out on your journey – do before shots in clothes as well as underwear 😉 ) I found this photo from New Years Eve 2012:

NYE 2012. Looking horrendous

NYE 2012. Looking horrendous

Looking at that I’m really able to see how far I’ve come. I’ve still got a long way to go, but some days when I look at myself and can only see the fat it helps to look back at how far I’ve come. Never again will I look like the sad woman in this photo.

Whilst shopping for a dress for the cocktail party a friend convinced me to try on some dresses from Leona Edmiston. I thought she was crazy. I’m too big for designer clothes! Apparently not though. HELLO LEONA SIZE 4!!!! I ended up buying a dress I absolutely LOVE to wear for my 40th birthday. Not posting pics until the big day but all I will say is that dress makes me feel FANTASTIC!

To go with the dress I wanted knee-high boots. A couple of years ago I had some custom-made (standard boots going nowhere near fitting my little feet and humongous calves. I pulled those boots out to try on with the dress and this is the result:

yep thats my arm in the boot with my leg

yep that’s my arm in the boot with my leg

So the hunt for new boots began. Unfortunately even though I’ve lost 7cm off my calves, I’m still too big for most knee-high boots. 😦 being the wrong end of the season doesn’t help either. Today though I got a fabulous tip from a friend: compression. She suggested wrapping my legs in glad wrap to get the boots zipped up. I didn’t go that far, but after trying on a pair I’d bought online and being unable to zip them up, I threw on a pair of pantyhose and voila, with a bit of pulling and huffing and puffing I got them on! YIPPEE!! I wish I had known that earlier as I’m sure a few of the (cheaper and nicer) pairs I had tried on in store would have fit. Anyway I now have boots to wear with my gorgeous dress so am looking forward to turning 40 and showing off to my family and friends. Yep that’s right looking forward to turning 40! I had actually expected a possible nervous breakdown at reaching this “milestone” but I’m feeling so good about where my life is at that I am looking forward to it.

Being sick has interfered with my training a bit, but prior to that my running has been going from strength to strength. My PB for the Bay is now down to 50:14! I think I’ll be able to get that under 50 minutes soon 🙂 On the down side though, I’m learning something about myself. When I am sick I want to eat crap. I am craving carbs and salt and chocolate. Maybe it’s because I’m home all day and bored. Too sick to do much not sick enough to sleep all the time. Maybe it’s because I can’t taste much other than sugar and salt. I don’t know but it’s not good. The ultra busy weekend meant I hadn’t had time to do the shopping let alone a cook up before the virus hit so there was nothing in easy reach in the freezer either. One of the 12WBT risottos would have been perfect but instead I had to settle for Lean Cuisine and let me tell you that is no comparison :(. Today I’m feeling a bit better so my mission is to get some good food organised and kick these crap cravings to the curb!

I want to make the most of the last week of the round!