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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 7: Victory Lap
What was your biggest accomplishment of 2013?

By far, the biggest accomplishment in 2013 was losing weight, and since the process was gradual, the successes came in increments:

  • After years of struggle on this weight loss journey, the moment I reached the pre-surgery requirement was a huge turning point for me.  It signified that I had stopped letting excuses rule my life, and that I’d started to do whatever I needed to get to my goal.
  • After the surgery, I soon hit 50 pounds lost, and realized that I’d learned a lot of things on this weight loss journey.
  • I’ve had quite a few NSVs, lots of which have had to do with new clothes in normal sizes, including these sweats from Victoria’s Secret, in a size XL. The best part, after a day of wearing them, they stretched out so much that I actually think I can fit a Large.  Me, in a size LARGE sweats from VS!!  I love clothes, and getting the be a weight/size that I can shop in normal stores has been amazing.  The biggest problem is not spending too much money on clothes that are going to be too big in a short time.
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  • I’ve also had a lot of fitness accomplishments, including walking in lots of 5Ks: Color Me Rad, SJ RocknRoll Mini, SF Mermaid, and the Turkey Trot. All of these 5Ks have shown me that I am ready to push myself a bit further.  I attempted the C25K for the third time, and even though it’s been quite a challenge, for the first time it’s doable.  I have a Santa Run coming up next Sunday, and I’m planning to do a walk/run for the first time.  I can’t wait to see how far I can take my running in 2014.
  • To date, my biggest accomplishment on the scale has been losing 100 pounds.  I’ve lost even more since then (almost -110), and my next goal is to get to ONEDERLAND by December 31st.

Since mid-year, 2013 has been filled with accomplishments that I’m incredibly proud of.  I know 2014 is going to bring even more successes that I can’t wait to share.

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bilbl_superMy friend Ani and I have been going on regular 3-mile walks about twice a week.  They started as a way for me to distract myself from the dreaded snack monster that hits me in the afternoon after work until dinner.  I figured that she and I could both use the fresh air and exercise, not to mention that our dogs love going on walks, and it’s a great way for us to catch up.

As I mentioned before, I’m really thrilled that I haven’t been experiencing any numbness, shin splints, or calf cramps. I think my weight loss has helped significantly, and I also think my shoes (ASCICS Gel-Blur 33 2.0)   have a lot to do with it.  Now that I can walk pain-free, I’ve been really interested in seeing how much progress I can make.  The competitor in me wants to push myself to be better with each walk, and it’s working!

We started out doing 3 miles in 60 minutes, and as of yesterday, 3 weeks into our walking sessions, we’ve already cut it down to 52 minutes.  I’m really proud of that! I told Ani that I want to be able to walk the 5K in 45 minutes, which would be a 15-minute mile, which isn’t bad for a walker of my weight.  From there, I’ll keep cutting my time until…who knows?

I was so excited by our progress that I told Ani we should sign up for a 5K, and since she’s always up for a new adventure, she loved the idea.  So, we’re signing up for the Color Me Rad 5K in September.  I love the idea of the colorful burst of powder at different intervals.  So fun!

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It reminds me of Holi , which seems like such a cool celebration. I love the entire vibe that I get from the Color Me Rad website, and it just seems like something I’d like to cross off my fitness bucket list.

As if there wasn’t going to be enough color at the 5K, I’ve decided to buy a rainbow tutu to wear.  As I was perusing the Internet yesterday, I discovered Glam Runner, who makes custom tutus in any color you can imagine.  If you’ve signed up for a fun run/5K/10K this summer, you should definitely check out her site and buy one.  The prices are great, and when I inquired about plus sizes, she told me that she’d make me one to fit my exact measurements at no extra charge.  So great! To top it off, the proceeds support a Girls on the Run chapter.  (My niece is enrolled in Girls on the Run, and we’re all participating in the walk in May (as long as I’m not recovering from WLS)).  I’m ordering the “Glamiversary” tutu, because it will be PERFECT for the Color Me Rad 5K:

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I love it when something as simple as a walk turns into a memory-making event, don’t you?  It’s definitely RAD!!

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Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement is life.” ― Carrie Latet

I love this quote this week because now that spring is here, the weather is sunny and warmer (for now, unless the rain decides to come back) and it just feels so good to get out and move.  Plus, there are so many 5Ks that are available to take part in, which makes the competitive among us (including me) have something to work toward.  I’m really looking forward to my upcoming 5K – the See Jane Run.

When I read that quote I don’t necessarily think of power walking or event fitness walking for that matter.  I think of taking a walk to clear the head, rejuvenate the soul, and get the “juices pumping.” It’s something that I don’t do enough of – just take a walk for walking’s sake.  And it’s something that I’m going to try to do more of this week.

When I was young and we would have large family dinners, all of the men and children would take a long walk around the neighborhood to “digest” our food.  (Unfortunately the women were stuck at home cleaning the dishes and getting things ready for dessert.  We stuck to traditional gender roles when my Italian grandparents were still alive).  It was nice to walk around and take life at a slower pace.  Listen to stories the men would tell about the “good old days” and how much the neighborhood and city had changed since they were young.

I envy my friends who have dogs because they have a built-in reason to take a walk.  I’m sure that when they’re walking the dog at 5am in the freezing weather they envy me, don’t get me wrong, but it does seem nice to have that sort of obligation that builds in some movement to each day.  I’ve been playing around with the idea of getting a dog, and before I do, I think it might be a good idea to get myself in the habit of waking up a bit earlier than normal and taking a quick 10 minute stroll in the morning, as well as a longer afternoon walk.  In fact, I think that’s just what I’m going to do, beginning this afternoon when I get home from work.

So that’s my plan to get in a bit more walking this week.  Care to join me?

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