Friday, December 19, 2014
It's officially 8 days away. For all intents and purposes, let's call it a week.
In one week, Mr. T and I will come full circle. I met this guy and loved him when we were 16 years old. Our 7 months together as a couple were filled with youth retreats, making it to 1st base, countless laps of the Greenwood Park Mall, Jr. Prom, alcohol-free board game parties and the occasional hangout with the parents. Even after we "broke up", we were still as close as ever. Not much changed. But, sadly, we lost touch and moved on.
Somehow, by some ridiculous alignment of the heavens, we managed to reconnect after 18 years apart. But this time, we had both experienced an entire lifetime's worth of growth. I don't know how, but we still get along just as fabulously. Even with all our new neuroses and psychological issues and horrible first life baggage. Even with Little Leahs and Little Todds thrown into the mix. And bills (God, more damn bills than anyone can handle) and job changes and stress and grown up responsibilities. We are crazy about each other. Even with grey hair and stretch marks and 100 extra pounds all over. Can't keep our eyes off of each other, can't keep our hands to ourselves. It's like this should have been all along.
In a week, the circle will close on our lifetime apart, and we'll never be apart again. And no one will say it's a "rebound relationship" and anyone who thinks we are all talk will shut it and it will be legit in the eyes of the super conservative and the haters can all go be lonely and hate themselves alone.
Because, in a week, we'll be the happiest people on earth and nothing else will matter. And we will have our very nearest and dearest beside us...and we will eat, drink and be very very merry.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Had the striking realization tonight that my first 5k race is in 4.5 weeks. Yikes. I have never been lazier or more disgusting in my life. It is time to get myself in gear.
First, I mapped out a really complicated schedule of Cross Training, Tempo Runs, Speed Work, Rest Days and Strength Training. Realized after I laid it all out on my calender....dude, there is NO WAY I'm gonna go to the Y every day. Nope. Nope. Hell no.
And I don't need to be in PERFECT C25K shape for this ONE race on Thanksgiving morning...it's just a practice run, right? So, I need to take it easy here. Once this one is over, I'll have all winter to ease back into a real training schedule for my REAL races in the Spring (probably gonna do C25k).
I remembered I have a DVD - Leslie Sansone's Just Walk: Walk It Off in 30 Days. Basically, there are two workouts - a BURN 30 workout (30 mins of non-stop cardio) and a FIRM 30 (30 mins of non-stop strength training). You're supposed to do BURN 30 on M, W, F and FIRM 30 on Tues, Thurs, Sat.
But, yeah right....I'm not going that gung ho right off the bat. However, I do own 5 lb hand weights and a yoga mat and I can definitely commit to 30 mins 4 days a week. Then, I added a cross-training workout every Saturday (more than likely swimming or the exercise bike) because I most definitely CAN commit to going to the Y once a week for the next 4 weeks. Bonus: my kids can swim and get real tired. Yes!
So, there you have it...my completely and totally REALISTIC mini training plan for the Bloomington Bagel Thanksgiving Turkey Trots 5k. No guarantees that I'll run any of it...but walking would be a good start.
(Haha! Who am I kidding?! How many races have I done? There's no possible way, on race morning...with the electricity in the air, that the starting gun will go off and I'll just take off on a leisurely stroll. LOL. It's too exciting! EVERYBODY RUNS at least the first few minutes...and the last...and anytime someone is looking. Haha.)
A super duper bonus to all of this is...this will get me halfway to my wedding. :) And if I'm in the groove, perhaps I'll just repeat the entire thing AFTER the race...and it'll take me right up to the wedding. So, I'll be feeling great and glowing for sure on the big day!
Oh oh oh! Fun story time! We were CRAZY LUCKY last weekend. I've been realllly stressed about getting Mr. T a suit for the wedding because funds have been tight. We happened into our high end Goodwill store the other day and it was a MIRACLE. He found a nearly new authentic Italian suit that fit him almost perfectly! Get this...we looked up the designer online and it usually runs $7,000!!!!!! Do you know we got it for $24.06?!?! We immediately took it to a tailor and she was taking in the jacket and she was really impressed and said to us, "Oh wow, yes. This is a real Italian suit! You were very very fortunate to find this! It is really nice!" I cannot believe that happened. Altogether, with tailoring, it will be less than $80! Thank you, God!!!!!
Had a special moment with my beloved that same night. Still just in awe over the whole suit ordeal, I told him that I've been so worried about the suits for him and the boys and now it feels like a weight has lifted. I had been almost dreading the wedding approaching because I worried we wouldn't be prepared for it financially (even though EVERYTHING ELSE is already paid for and taken care of). But, now that I have let go of that anxiety, I feel free to be excited about the day now. Our wedding planner is really going to take care of us and all we have to do is show up and take in the most beautiful day of our lives.
I said offhand, "Oh wow...I should probably start putting together a program for the ceremony because it's like 9 weeks away. Wait, no...that can't be. (grabs calendar) Wait...yes, it is only 9 weeks. Oh my gosh!"
Suddenly, I looked at him and something happened...I just started bawling!!!! I couldn't believe the day was so close. I couldn't understand how God could bless me with a man who is so in love with me, so affectionate, so kind and tender and romantic, and who knows me deeper and more intimately than anyone on earth ever has. And he tells me all the time how he's dreamed of being with me since he was 16 years old...even through all the years of no contact and when we were living completely separate lives...he always wished he could be with me. It's just...a lot to feel. And I felt it all at once and I was sobbing.
So happy. So overwhelmed with affection. And also a little sadness/bitterness when I realized that both of us spent over a decade in marriages that were not right for us, where we were unhappy and unfulfilled and miserable. It's sad...that we spent so much of our lives feeling wrong and out of place. But, mostly...I could not contain my thankfulness. I just cried and cried on his shoulder and kissed him and told him, "I love you so much" over and over and over.
What a blessing. What a man. What a life.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Things are starting to get REAL over here, y'all!
Came home today to find that our custom wedding bands that we ordered off of Etsy arrived!
They came in these adorable little handmade boxes!
Sorry...that's all you get.
Oh, come on! Do you really think I'm going to let the entire filthy, creepy internet population look inside my box? *snickers* I think not. (Side note, though...if you really care enough and wanna see the rings...I'll send you a pic via SparkMail!)
Tomorrow, I go to pick up my RED wedding dress and silver shoes at the dress shop. The dress was out for 4 weeks being altered and I'm hoping it actually looks good this time when I try it on. The last time I went...I almost cried because it looked NOTHING like the one I'd tried on off the rack. Same style, different color. I almost had a minor panic attack...but then the most lovely man swept into my dressing room, grabbed all the fabric around my boobs and pulled it TIGHT at the shoulder and pinned it. Then he spent several minutes painstakenly pinning the hem, which was way too long. I was AMAZED. Just those two tiny changes made such a huge difference!!! I am a believer in dress alterations now, people! I used to think they were a rip-off...just the dress shop looking to take more money. Oh no no no. They make ALL the difference!
Which reminds me...back when my Groom and I first got together, I created a "Love" board on Pinterest and he came across this pin:
He said to me, "I saw that pin about the tailored suit. I am going to lose a bunch of weight and I am going to have a much better body and I'm going to marry you. And, when that day comes...I will have a tailored suit." He's amazing. Now, almost two full years later...he has lost something like 50 lbs. You guys, I never really thought he was even overweight! But he looks wonderful and he's in perfect health now! And, by god, he's gonna get that tailored suit so he can watch me squirm at the altar! Rawr!
77 days...but, you know, who's counting??? Lol.
Friday, October 03, 2014
Apparently, I *am* a glutton for punishment, but not in the really fun and kinky way. Sorry to disappoint you.
I guess I've more or less come to terms with the fact that I'm going to be getting married in December at this current weight and I'm going to look like I do right now (sigh)...except with fancy hair, custom jewelry and professional make-up. (SIDE NOTE: OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG - MY WEDDING IS IN 12 WEEKS YOU GUYS!!!! OMG!!!!)
Ahem, anyway. I have decided it's time for me to get off my lazy ass and resume my love/hate affair with running. Here's the thing: I actually hate the running part. Because it's painful and difficult and it sucks and every second feels like an eternity, like it's never going to end.
But I love it because then it DOES end...when you least expect it (aye, when you are FINALLY starting to settle in and get used to it, it's over). And then....wait for it...the endorphins flood the body and IT'S AMAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!!!!! I've said it before...it's better than an orgasm...only because it LASTS ALL DAY! (But don't worry, sweetheart...my little hobby could never replace canoodling with you! Haha.)
So I've been checking out races to get a general schedule in my brain....cuz there's all sorts of prep required...like running a lot. I decided to lazily sidle my way back into this and make my first race the Bloomington Bagel Company Turkey Trots 5k on Thanksgiving Day. Not only is this race in my hometown, but it's FREE. And it's run by one of the most inspiring ladies I've had the pleasure to know....Ms. Suzanne Aquila, who is an Ironman athlete (and, incidentally, about to kick some major ass at Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii for something like the 6th or 7th time just ONE WEEK FROM NOW!!!!)
Lest you envision a grand return to the sport for me...let me assure you, it will be no such thing. It is 8 weeks away, people. Lol. This is what I expect from this race...my two year old worn out running shoes (which I've been walking in for two years - BIG NO NO) and probably about 2.5 miles of walking and .6 miles of running. But, hey...I'm still going to feel like they are playing "We Are The Champions" the moment I cross that finish line. LOL.
Break for WEDDING in December....then 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Honeymoon Cruise (not-so-humble brag) in late January. Seriously..do you think I'm going to be in training mode on a cruise ship??? Um, NO.
Upon my return to real life, I will actually start getting back into shape (first with walking, then gradually returning to running). The YMCA will be my best friend. All so I can prepare for the following races in the Spring/Summer/Fall of 2015:
March 14th - Pi(e) Run Bloomington
This one is actually 3.14 miles on 3/14. Their motto is "go with us the extra 0.04 miles!" AND YOU GET PIE AT THE END!!!!
March 28th - IU Habitat for Humanity 5k
April 11th - American Red Cross Superhero 5k
May 16th - Color Run Indianapolis
We will hopefully (assuming we win like $1,000,000 in the lottery to pay for all the registrations) be running this one as a family of 7. My kids have been begging to do a Color Run with me for two years. I might have to sell my body for money to afford it...but, doggone it...my precious cherubs need to have this experience!!!!
September 5th - Bloomingfoods 5k Breakaway
This is on a Kid Weekend and I will either force my children to do this with me...or make the hubs wait at the Finish Line...with five rambunctious, bored, no doubt HUNGRY kids. On second thought, I'm sensing a disturbance in the Force...I'm getting the vibe that he will probably wanna make this a family race too! Haha.
September 26th - Fort4Fitness 10k
The Grand Finale and my FAVORITE race of all time. It only makes sense that, for the last race of the season, I would double my efforts and complete 6.2 miles.
Why 5k? Why not half marathon? Well, if you've ever READ my blogs (back in my heyday when I was a veritable Spark celeb), you will know that fatass Leah is prone to injuries. And if I train too hard, too fast...I get injured. And I'm just tired of being heartbroken because I've planned on running races but I am not able to because I overtrained and hurt myself before the races actually take place.
So I'm going REALLY slowly this time. And, in the end, what does it matter? If I finish the above races, do you know that that will mean? That will mean I raced exactly 24.84 more miles than I did last year. And ran a HECK of a lot more than that in training.
That...that might make some sort of difference in this here body. Eyes on the prize, y'all. I predict a much slimmer body for my uber-romantic One Year Anniversary Trip. Gotta have goals, eh?
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