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5K Race - an amazing experience!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Today was the day . . . I was up at 5:33 a.m. getting ready. We left the house at 7:15 a.m. so I could get my timing chip and get the feel for the race. I was completely out of my comfort zone but I just went with the flow.

I had decided before leaving the house I would take my jacket - the route is known for a cold breeze due to being right on the bay but to be honest, I wasn't worried about the cold. I was worried that my tummy would just be out there for all to see - my outfit is form fitting. HOWEVER, once we pulled up and I got out the car and witnessed the sea of women I tossed my jacket back into the car and didn't look back!

It was so amazing to see that many women in all different shapes, sizes and fitness levels all in one place with a common goal and no judgments about one another. I walked around, somewhat in a daze to take it all in. A woman from my gym stopped me and we giggled for a minute and I learned she was running the half marathon and she learned I was competing in the 5K. I'm sure we'll have stories to share next we see each other at the gym.

The half marathon runners took off at 8:00 a.m. and we 5K ladies took off at 8:30 a.m. My nerves were off the charts. When it was time my body just took off. I jogged and I felt fabulous! I had envisioned only walking the race but with all the energy of the crowd my body wouldn't be stopped. I found my pace and ended up jogging much of the course.

I was thankful for not having my jacket too - it was HOT! I was sticky and sweaty about a half mile in. Oh, and I didn't give a hoot about my tummy, I was too proud of myself!

Did I mention the amazing feeling I was experiencing. I was taking in so much that I forgot to turn my MP3 player on until mile one was complete. I just kept thinking, "these women are amazing and I'm here, I'm actually here jogging and walking with them!"

Here are a few pictures that captured my moments:
7:15 a.m., leaving the house for the race

The runners at the starting point

Me at the starting line

Me at the finish

My medal

To be frank that last bit of the race I was ready to collapse but I finished with a sprint - I had to finish big. Once I crossed the finish line I started to cry. I couldn't help it - my emotions just bubbled over. I cried out of joy and pride. I had done it!

My official time: 49 minutes 34 seconds
A personal best by 4 minutes!

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DIVALOUNGER 6/7/2010 6:59PM

    Congrats!!!! Goooooooooood for you! Pat yourself on the back for that one! emoticon

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MANLEYSANDY 6/7/2010 1:07PM

    Congrats! You should be very proud! emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/5/2010 4:17PM

    OMG, you almost have ME in tears!! I am so happy, excited, proud, and thrilled for you!!! I can really put myself in your shoes and just imagine how it felt..what a VICTORY!!!! Be proud , my dear..be VERY proud!!! P.S. I think you look smokin' in your form fitting running clothes..I'm just sayin' emoticon

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Sore, Stiff and Bloated ...

Friday, June 04, 2010

Stiff, Sore and Bloated - I'm not off to a good start today. How can I make it better?

My last two workouts have been over the top so I'm sore. I feel muscles that have been dormant way to long. Solution, keep gently stretching and tonight take an epsom salt hot soke. Those two things together should help with the soreness and some of the stiffness.
Tomorrow, after the 5K, I am going to have a massage too - a special treat!

I need to keep moving today, being at rest won't help with the stiffness. The key is to take it slow and easy.

Bloated, hate this feeling. The weather here is muggy and I did the math - my TOM is coming next week. So starts the bloating and temporary weight gain, yup I'm already up in numbers. I plan on staying hydrated, taking in more than my usual 64 oz. in a day.

I recognize this as all normal and with my plan of action there is no drama a brewing in my head. Today, I won't be sidetracked mentally because my body is reacting to uncomfortable changes.

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HAYHON 6/5/2010 2:00PM

  Hope today is better for you - what a nice way to treat yourself after a 5K.

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"Who IS that?"

Thursday, June 03, 2010

I decided to treat myself to a lunch out today, which really means I got to have my all time favorite salad. When I pulled into the parking lot my eyes were drawn to a full figured woman and all I could ask was "who IS that?" She had amazing curves and she dressed them right with a form fitting shirt and pair of jeans. WOW!

We all ended up at the same place - they were dinning in and I was taking my to go. I found that I couldn't take my eyes off of her, her body, to me, was perfect. Her body type is what I want to be!!!

When she walked by me I caught her attention and announced to her that I thought she had the perfect figure and that she was absolutely stunning. I also told her she looked amazing in the outfit she had on and that she knew how to dress the curves in a way that would stop traffic. She paused, looked me dead in the eye and that's when it happened - tears. She got a little teary eyed and told me thank you. I had made her day because she doubts everyday and works at it so hard.

She continued on with her family and found a table as I waited for my order to come up. I noticed before I walked out that she was still smiling and that her young teenage daughter couldn't help put peak over the top of the booth to see who had made her mom's day.

I still don't know who she is but I know she inspires me to flaunt my curves and dress so my curves make someone ask, "Who IS that?"

Give someone you don't know a compliment today . . . you'll both benefit from it.

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HAYHON 6/5/2010 2:05PM

  That's awesome!

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TRACYZABELLE 6/4/2010 12:54AM

    You really made her day!! What a great thing you did!

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SINCEKINDER 6/3/2010 11:07PM

    Oh...what a touching blog! You are amazing. emoticon emoticon emoticon You will be that "Who IS that?

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LISALIVING1980 6/3/2010 5:59PM

    aww that's the sweetest thing you could have done for her!! It's one thing for a family member or friend to comment you but when a perfect stranger does it, that really really means something!!! your awesome!! :)

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/3/2010 5:51PM

    KT..this made me so happy to read, and imagine how she felt! Kudos to you!!

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Mama said there'd be days like this

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

My mom shoots straight from the hip and tells it like it is. She's warned me at an early age that life isn't always fair and one must learn to suck up and deal. This my friends is one of the best things my mom taught me.

Today has been a battle but you know what, I sucked it up and dealt with it.

Fatigue drug me to the depths of despair this morning but I kept fighting. I anticipated a rough day due to many indicators from yesterday and boy was I right. Finally at 11:00 a.m. something inside of me brightened and the fatigue monster was finally at rest.

I have learned over the course of 8 years that I must plan ahead due to others in my office pushing deadlines, good thing too. Today I was to pick up my race packet for the 5K on Saturday morning but I had to postpone that until tomorrow due to others. I was disappointed with the change in scheduling but I planned ahead so I let it go. Tomorrow, I won't be side tracked!

Yesterday I was a bit distracted and down by the news that I won't have any supporters at the race on Saturday. I've come to terms with it and it really is okay. I signed up for the race to prove something to myself. I imagine I'll feel the energy of everyone else and bask in the joy of knowing I did it and I did it for me!

Mama was right, there are days like this and I've learned they come when we least expect them. I can either break when they come about or I can bend a bit and deal. Today I'm bendy.

What's left of my day will be fabulous, I may struggle at times but I'm determined.

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TRENTDREAMER 6/3/2010 9:49AM

    "I can either break when they come about or I can bend a bit and deal. Today I'm bendy.
What's left of my day will be fabulous, I may struggle at times but I'm determined. "

* Good attitude and best of fortune to you at the race Saturday. Sorry to hear that you won't have people there cheering you on. I'm rootin for you. emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/2/2010 9:19PM

    love your attitude, KT! can't wait to hear about the joy you reap from your victory on satuday!

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SINCEKINDER 6/2/2010 8:31PM

    Good Job! Good Luck in your race Saturday.

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LISALIVING1980 6/2/2010 8:03PM

    way to go!! good luck with the race!! let us know how it went! :)

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Health Insurance Drama Update

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The news came across the wire today . . . APPROVED!

Our insurance broker phoned today to let me know that the new health coverage I was working so hard to obtain for my husband and me was approved today. I met the news with reserved happiness and a question, "what's the bottom line." I'm always skeptical, I recognize this about myself.

Here's the insurance counter offer, yup you read that right, counter offer.
* My husband was approved without a problem BUT his portion of the monthly premium went up slightly due to never having health coverage before. Crazy right?! Hmph. He's Jamaican - health coverage there is even more difficult to get than in America. So anyway, his premium is higher because he couldn't afford health coverage prior to entering the U.S.
* When I was reading the counter offer I asked my broker what the rating percent 50% meant under my name. He didn't really know. I smiled ... I did, meant they would increase my base premium by 50% - clearly my broker has never worked to get medical coverage for a fattie before. I told him I'd investigate.
* My assumption was correct. They approved me, no problem, I have no health issues but I'm a bit heavier than they would like. Hmph. The rep I spoke to had no problem putting the truth on the table, I respected her for that. Yes, my premium would be increased by 50% due to my height and weight. Oh by the way, that rate increase equates to $100-US if anyone wonders. Yup, I am paying $100 more a month for medical coverage because I am a mere 39 pounds over the weight limit the insurance company has self set.
* What's the deal I asked? If I loose 21 pounds, keep it off for a year and document it with a doctor my premium will go down by 25%. If I loose 39 pounds, keep it off for a year and document it with a doctor my premium will be the standard insurance rate.
* Yeah, I was a bit grumpy but I smiled, again, and told the nice lady on the other end of the line that at least I have a solid goal of losing 39 pounds so "they" would be forced to lower my premium.

In the end, we have been approved and a new goal of 39 pounds has been set.
Tomorrow I submit my approval for the new insurance and tell my old insurance company good-bye.

Insert a sigh here and a happy dance. I did it!

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MANLEYSANDY 6/2/2010 4:43PM

    Don't even get me started about the state of healthcare in this country...but kudos on your victory and your new goal!! You can do it! I know it!!

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WETPTARMIGAN 6/2/2010 11:11AM

    I'm really happy for your win in the insurance wars. Because I am overweight and my spouse & I are old, the only insurance we can get has a monthly bill the size of a house payment. No consideration for how healthy we actually are. I'm working on the weight, but there's nothing you can do about OLD! And every year the charge goes up because we're OLDER! What an insane system! emoticon

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DESERTFLOWER8 6/2/2010 9:45AM

    Congrats KT! I have been following this saga with great interest. As I mentioned before, I was born and raised in Canada and so health insurance was never an issue for me. When I moved to the USA, the weird quirks of the insurance system took some geting used to, but at least I was covered under my (then) husband's plan. Now that I am divorced, and unemployed, I have no coverage, and couldnt afford coverage even if I could qualify, which I couldn't because of my weight. And this weekend I blew out my knee and the reality of no health insurance really hit home. I am just so disturbed by the state of health care coverage in this country that it makes me speechless. Anyway, I am happy that you finally got what you were hoping for. A nice bit of light in a generally dark subject area.

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DIVALOUNGER 6/1/2010 10:26PM

    I know that it is a 100 extra--but congrats! emoticon

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