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    LDRICHEL   46,087
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My, How Things Have Changed!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

OK, I lied. I said I was going to take two full weeks off from working out, in preparation for my next phase of training. I figured, my body could use a good rest before I start next year's Prep/Base phase of training.

But, the thing is...I can't NOT work out at all! It is more than just a calorie burn for me now. It's not about vain things like size and weight anymore. It's my stress relief. It's my (sexual) frustration/tension release. It's my place of serenity. And, with a week like I've had at work...I just couldn't hold out any longer.

So...I swam. Yesterday and today. Yesterday was a bit of a struggle. First time back in over a week. Got it done, but it was tiring.

But this morning...something came together and it was...heavenly. I FINALLY got the breathing down, so I don't feel like I'm gasping! Guys, it was like every single element (stroke technique, breathing, lap time, body extension) came together for a perfect gold standard swim. I got out of that pool and I felt AMAZING!

That's when I realized...nothing hurts! No osteoarthritis pain tweaking at my knee or ankle. No tendinitis issues. At this very moment (just 5 days after my haphazard half marathon heroics), my body feels perfect and there is no pain.

Why is this exciting? Because...in a week, I'm about to start a comprehensive, exquisitely planned 52-week training plan designed to prepare me for next year's racing season. The first 3 months Prep and Base Phases (November - January) do not include ANY weight-bearing training. It is simply this: swim, spin (bike), weights. Repeat over and over. A lot.

This is when it hit me...yes, this is about so much more than vanity...but can you IMAGINE how much weight I could lose in the next 3 months?! This thought had me absolutely giddy.

Honestly, I couldn't care less about the number on the scale anymore. I'm actually looking forward to the weight training, to tighten up some of these areas. Lately, I've been enjoying the rewards of the past 5 months of hard labor I've put into this lifestyle - things like confidence, joy, sexiness and an overall feeling of peace. To know that these will only increase and that there are other things like this waiting for me that I don't even know about...I could just about squeal from the anticipation.

I never thought I'd utter the words "training plan". I never imagined I'd sit down for HOURS and lay out my next 52 weeks of workouts and races. I can't believe how much has changed in such a short time. I can't believe how much I've changed. This loving myself thing is so new.

What has changed in your own life that is shocking/makes you excited for the future?
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SUPERSYLPH 6/29/2013 11:41AM

    emoticon What has changed for me is my increase in confidence and energy! I feel like I can take on anything!

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LBRAUN5 3/20/2013 2:15PM

  Awesome! Always great to hear when the workout goes from something we "have" to do to lose weight/fit in something/look better to something we just want to do to do it. By the way, great name! I'm a Leah too! emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/9/2013 4:54PM

    Awesome! Knowing that I'll be way healthier and more able to keep up with my baby when he arrives!

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NLYR20 11/8/2012 11:13AM

  emoticon Seems Exciting just reading thru...

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ROCKETGIRL229 11/7/2012 11:51AM

    Great job!

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ELAYNE39 11/1/2012 8:55AM

    Good Job!

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REENIE131 10/30/2012 7:48PM

    Fantastic!

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DEBK0923 10/30/2012 6:41PM

    great blog

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LUVTOBOWL 10/29/2012 9:07PM

    Very great blog. emoticon !

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 10/29/2012 5:26PM

    Love your blog and attitude!
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MONTREAL12 10/29/2012 2:58PM

  Great! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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COLETTEISGREAT 10/29/2012 4:55AM

    YAY!!

emoticon Go Leah, Go Leah, Go, Go, Go Leah! emoticon

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WAMBUI7 10/29/2012 2:37AM

    i love it. You can do it. All the best in your weeks ahead . emoticon emoticon

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MRS_CIESIOLKA 10/28/2012 8:14PM

    Your so Inspiring... Good luck!!!

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LARKSONGRUTH 10/28/2012 1:24AM

    What a great feeling! Congratulations

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CICELY360 10/28/2012 12:42AM

  good blog

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CHERYLSBUTT 10/27/2012 11:33PM

    Good for you!!!
Nothing better than realizing that you have improved yourself through vision, dedication and hard work.

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ONEATATIME3 10/27/2012 11:02PM

  Good luck on your training plan. emoticon

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SARAHEGILROY 10/27/2012 7:59PM

    I am still struggling with my thinking. I hope I can get to the point you are at one day!

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/27/2012 7:56PM

    Thank you for sharing all the positive things that come from putting your all into healthy living. For those of us just getting into the exercise portion, it can be so easy to focus on how difficult it will be. I'm looking forward to the euphoria I got years ago from a challenging hike while beholding a magnificent vista :)

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THESLIMMERME1 10/27/2012 1:30PM

    emoticon you have come a long way - I'm sure on reflection you can see this too - a great motivator for the next 12 months emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IFEOMA4 10/27/2012 1:25PM

  Inspiring. emoticon

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ARUSHING2 10/27/2012 1:15PM

 
Thanks for sharing your story, I can identify with much of what you stated, thanks.

Congratulations on your realizations!

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BLACK741 10/27/2012 1:01PM

    totally awesome!

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MILADY_LCF 10/27/2012 12:37PM

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GINA180847 10/27/2012 12:04PM

    What has changed in my life is more dependence on the power of prayer. We needed to get going to Mexico but there is always timing and finances to consider. We need to leave soon enough to not run into snow storms so as to need winter tires and we need to leave late enough so that we don't need winter tires to come back. It is a balancing act because legally we can't stay away more than 180 days. Eating healthy and getting exercise is harder traveling than when being stable but it does work out.

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NEWMOM20121 10/27/2012 10:34AM

    Good for you.

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RONALANA 10/27/2012 8:03AM

    It's a great feeling to realize that this healthy lifestyle is now part of YOU! Good luck on your training plan! emoticon

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CHSHULER89 10/27/2012 6:17AM

    You are awesome!! Love this feeling of accomplishment and new attitude. I actually took somewhat of a rest week, it was hard but not as hard cause i know i'll be back to kicking it next week. I need more sleep.
So awesome on your swimming! I still haven't got the breathing. Someday..
Totally love our new lifestyles!! Always a work in progress, but not going back! Totally get your feelings! I am loving it! I love feeling 67lbs lighter, but love having more confidence, know what we can accomplish, feeling stronger physically and emotionally. Keep rocking on!! emoticon !

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MARYJEANSL 10/27/2012 12:50AM

  What has changed in my life that makes me feel good? Well, it'll probably sound strange, but we worked and worked and got the downstairs reasonably well cleaned up. It makes me happy to have a (mostly) neat downstairs...really makes me smile, makes my heart sing. Now to tackle the upstairs! And cleaning burns quite a few calories, too.

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ISABELLE31 10/26/2012 11:36PM

    I love the plethora of benefits besides the number on a scale. emoticon

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SHIRE33 10/26/2012 10:52PM

    I've been having a hard time, and your blog today makes me smile. I'm feeling it's the right time to get back on track. Reading your plans makes me wonder if maybe I should schedule a race or two for the early spring. I haven't felt i needed it, but maybe I do. Nothing elaborate, nothing to win. Just to do it. Maybe I will!


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JERICHO1991 10/26/2012 10:26PM

    An inspiring success story. Thanks for sharing.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 10/26/2012 10:04PM

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NANAWOO1 10/26/2012 10:03PM

  way to go

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/26/2012 9:58PM

  Leah, I am thrilled at what you've accomplished.

When I've talked to non-Sparkers about this website; I've shared your story. It really is cool how you started, and now you are emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon raining, and teaching and inspiring others.

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JAMER123 10/26/2012 9:47PM

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GINGERVISTA 10/26/2012 8:32PM

    Good for you! You're doing absolutely WONDERFUL!!! emoticon

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