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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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DIANNEMT 10/26/2012 7:51PM

    Excellent for you!!!

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EATVEGAN 10/26/2012 7:23PM

    You're doing so well, Leah. I have had some of those feelings of awe, though I'm nowhere near as far along as you are. But yes I am in awe when I think of how much better it will be when I am closer to goal.

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CAROL6X 10/26/2012 5:54PM

    Your are doing great!!! Keep it up!! emoticon emoticon

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Am THRILLED for you, Leah !

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Have a Wonderful Weekend



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NEWTINK 10/26/2012 5:35PM

    Way to go !!!

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PCASEY7 10/26/2012 4:45PM

    Woo hoo for you!

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KARRENLYNN 10/26/2012 4:19PM

    Good job and good luck on your future goals! I bet you'll be great! :)



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_WAGATHEGREAT 10/26/2012 3:51PM

  WAY TO GO!

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ROSEBB 10/26/2012 3:16PM

    Best wishes for a successful training season.

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IRONBLOSSOM 10/26/2012 1:56PM

    That is so great, you are awesome!! I really needed the reminder to plan plan plan today! Coming off a week of schedule snafus, going into a week where my schedule is wonky...the plan is the thing!

THANKS!!

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FRAN0426 10/26/2012 1:50PM

    Just thik how wonderful your going to feel during the 52 week plan, awesomw.Congratsa on an terrific start and best of luck for the 52 weeks---you will do great as you have a marvelous attitude to carry you through your spark journey.

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JOANNHUNT 10/26/2012 1:40PM

    AWESOME

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ANITA50 10/26/2012 1:15PM

  woo hoo! congrats! you are doing so well! keep it up!

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JUDSTERF 10/26/2012 1:04PM

    Good for you! You can do it! Good luck on your new 52-week journey!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/26/2012 1:04PM

  I can absolutely FEEL the enthusiasm in your words and am very happy for you!!! emoticon

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KHALIA2 10/26/2012 12:43PM

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DMSGLASS 10/26/2012 12:42PM

    Your blog has made me think again about joining our new gold's gym where they have an Olympic sized pool. I love to swim and our neighborhood pool (right across the street from my house!) is closed for the season. Swimming does so much for me and I would love to build up my endurance. emoticon I walk a lot with my dogs, emoticon emoticon emoticon but my knees no longer will let me run. emoticon I used to run 5Ks and longer races but no longer can. emoticon I would love to find a good tae kwon do school in our area emoticon and work on my second degree black belt, but we haven't found a school that works for us.

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MARGARITTM 10/26/2012 12:31PM

    Love the AHA moments !

Congrats

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OPTIMIST1948 10/26/2012 12:17PM

    Its not the number in your pants, its the number on your clock. A much healthier attitude. Go you!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 10/26/2012 11:50AM

    Wow, that's amazing! A 52 week training plan?? Look at you go!!! What shocks me about my changes is how invested in exercise I've become. Too much so, since I lost my period and cannot get it back because I'm having such a hard time doing less exercise. I like how it makes me feel, I like feeling like a badass, I like building up physical achievements. Who'd have thought that such a lazy, walking-one-mile-is-a-really-long-w
ays type of girl would get so into strenuous exercise all the time? And who'd have thought a lifelong mindless and emotional eater would manage to make it a firm habit to always focus on food when eating and never do anything else like watch TV or read a book? Old Me would never recognize Current Me. Hooray for our changing healthy selves! :)

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PHEBESS 10/26/2012 11:39AM

    Absolutely wonderful breakthrough!!!!

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SPECIFICITY 10/26/2012 11:35AM

    I completely know where you are coming from. I'm still early in working out and my body still doesn't do everything I want it to because I still have extra weight holding me back but I crave the exercise. I care more about how strong it makes me feel and how strong my body is getting, than the number on the scale. still want that number to move but not as stressed about it anymore.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/26/2012 11:30AM

    Wow! I hope someday I will like? love? myself to plan out 52 weeks in advance. My mind boggles! But your sharing this is inspiring and gives me a small measure of insight.

Thanks!!

And way to go on the swimming without breathing in the entire swimming pool !!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 10/26/2012 11:08AM

    Breakthroughs are huge!! Great!!

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KARENGMT 10/26/2012 10:51AM

    Breakthrough! Excellent!

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LYNCHD05 10/26/2012 10:43AM

    Thanks for sharing. You are amazing!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 10/26/2012 10:39AM

    Thats awesome your body craves exercise now!

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LESLIELENORE 10/26/2012 10:23AM

    I am still gasping when I swim, but I just started a month ago after more than 10 years of avoiding bathing suits. I have trouble taking time off too. I have been working on taking a rest week, and I find I still need a base level of exercise, even if it is just walking the dog.

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ROCKYCPA 10/26/2012 10:20AM

    Your progress is so amazing! Your blog is really motivational - thanks for sharing!

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ANNE007 10/26/2012 10:16AM

    Very motivating! Thank you!

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FARIS71 10/26/2012 10:16AM

    That is awesome!! I am truly starting to just purely love the running, the strength training. The scale is just kind of "meh." A planning training program sounds awesome!!!

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MOMOSG 10/26/2012 10:04AM

    Good Job - WOW have you come a long way with the exercise!

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CRYSTALJEM 10/26/2012 10:00AM

    I needed this. Thanks for the extra little push I needed. Congrats and best wishes.

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MOMMY445 10/26/2012 9:54AM

    woo hoo! congrats on your successes!

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WALLINMW 10/26/2012 9:53AM

  Amazing progress. Congrats!

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WALLINMW 10/26/2012 9:53AM

  Amazing progress. Congrats!

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SCHNEBL 10/26/2012 9:53AM

    Woo Hoo! Good for you! I feel like I am almost there! So encouraging to read that you ARE there!

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