Saturday, February 22, 2014
Something I never thought I would say! I have always had large, chunky calves, tree trunks as they have often been fondly referred to as. I have always hated them and had that reinforced by kind family remarks, (wouldn't you love to have legs like your brother's?) In fact in my first week at secondary school someone said to me, "It's strange, you're quite thin but your legs are really fat." These things really do stick.
But last time I was in England and saw my family, when my mother was lamenting how unfortunate I was to inherit this tree trunk gene, I actually managed to say it. 'Mum, I don't mind my big calves.' She was confused so I repeated again. 'I like my legs.'
The reason I now like them? I made them. Running changed them from me. True they are still bigger than I would like, but they are toned. I toned them. Hard work toned them. I know that they when I get on a treadmill my tree trunk calves will keep going. I may not always like the way they look or the fact I'll never get them into skinny jeans, but why do we always have to measure things by their aesthetic value, rather than their actually worth. So today, after my longest run ever, 16km, (that's 10 miles!) I thought my legs deserved a blog. So you here you are legs, this is for you.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
An hour or so ago I posted a ranting blog about all the money we had lost on a poor choice of car. Just now I deleted it. If the main thing I have to be complaining about is that, then I have no right to complain. I have a fantastic life with people who love me for who I am. I have achieved things that I never thought possible and have the determination and will to hopefully achieve even more. I have my health, and even more importantly my loved ones have their health. I refuse to be the type of person who fails to see how lucky they are. I want to be the type of person who appreciates it.
Have a great week every one!
Monday, February 10, 2014
This weekend was the big birthday. All healthy eating and exercise went out the window as I had some surprise visitors, but I'm back on track now, a fun 7K at the gym today. The Friday I was surprised with lots of chocolate and cake and in the evening we had a party at the local pub. On the Saturday my friend came over for a whistle stop 15hour stop from Bangkok. We went to a bar on the top of a Heli-pad! I managed to get an hour or so of writing done which wasn't amazing, but it's getting there. Unfortunately I have gone over my deadline of when I wanted to finish, but I will get there. Hopefully soon!
Friday, January 17, 2014
So I have registered and paid, and now there's no backing out. (Although I still have to book flights and a hotel.) I'm really excited as it's in Kota Kinabalu! We have visited once a couple of years ago, when I had really let my fitness go and that time we climbed the mountain. It was horrific! More than once I sat down on the mountain side and proclaimed that this wasn't what holiday was meant to be like and I wasn't going any further. But I got to the top, and I'd like to do it again at some point. Right now though I just need to be preparing for a very hilly half marathon!
I did 10.5k yesterday, so at least I know I have something in me. I also had a great morning writing session, found a new apartment to live in and went for drinks with the girls. It was rather a productive day. Now I am off too a macaroon making class! Not great for the healthy eating, but something I have also wanted to learn to make.
I hope everyone's having a great weekend!
Sunday, January 12, 2014
I've just made up snack boxes for my husband and myself for the next week at work. And it was so quick. Why have I never done that before? Hummus, peppers, grapes, blueberrries, baby carrots, walnuts. I'm looking forward to work just to eat them!
I'm actually really proud of myself this weekend. I've made good food choices, ran 5 miles for the first time in a while, and have written over 3000 words for the book. Only 25 days to go to the big three-zero, so I need to stay focused. I hope everyone's having a great weekend.
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