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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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KANDOLAKER 10/26/2012 9:50AM

    Awesome blog - and I love your comment about getting the breathing down. Sounds easy, but I took up swimming this summer - and still struggle with the breathing - still feel like I am gasping. I'll get back with it (as you inspired me) when I can find a pool this season!

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GIRLINMOTION 10/26/2012 9:44AM

    Isn't it great to know that there is more to exercise than taking up your time. That it is rewarding on many different levels. The one I like best is it is self medicating without the harsh chemicals that doctors prescribe.

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BLOOMING52 10/26/2012 9:25AM

    Thank you.

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DEEJACKSON 10/26/2012 9:21AM

    Awesome Blog! But more than that..... AMAZING ATTITUDE!

I could hear the joy in your words as I read them. Congratulations, on loving yourself!

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MIMIDOT 10/26/2012 9:20AM

    Awesome!! You sound so excited about exercising, that it makes me want to get right at mine. Good luck to you. Spark on!

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GOOSIEMOON 10/26/2012 9:04AM

    I love your posts and am rooting for you!

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PENOWOK 10/26/2012 8:56AM

    You are ready for sure!! Go for it!!

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THEIS58 10/26/2012 8:55AM

    Impressive!

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HLOCHRIDGE 10/26/2012 8:54AM

    WHOO HOO!!! Congrats on the 52-week plan! Good luck!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 10/26/2012 8:53AM

    Funny how stuff that we used to have to force ourselves to do insinuates itself into our lives where we find it hard to live without it!

Make this a great weekend!

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KNIBARG 10/26/2012 8:51AM

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WONDERWOMAN 10/26/2012 8:50AM

    My the changes in Leah. I have so enjoyed watching you grow, bloom, change, become so much stronger in so many ways! Isn't it wonderful to want to exercise for all the "right" reasons and not just to get us to a # on the scale or to help us look a certain way (great benefits too, just not the really important ones).

As for me, I never in my life thought I'd be spending so much time planning what half marathons I want to run over the next year - "How many can I fit in?" Dang, I never thought I'd be planning to run across the street. Five years ago when some friends tried to get me to train and run a 5K with them, my mantra was "Sue DOES NOT run!"
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TLONSBE 10/26/2012 8:40AM

    emoticon Awesome and very inspiring!!Keep it up....

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SOPHIEDO13 10/26/2012 8:25AM

    emoticon on your 52 wk plan.....I only plan for the week maybe one day I will
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CHANSEN_20001 10/26/2012 8:13AM

    Wow, planning for a year! That's awesome. I have enough problems planning for a day. I think I'll start thinking ahead.

Thanks for your blog!!

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GRRARRGH 10/26/2012 8:07AM

    Wow - a 52 week plan?? Congrats for laying that out; that's incredible. Good job!

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NILLAPEPSI 10/26/2012 8:02AM

    emoticon emoticon I used to hate going to the gym when fall/winter came because I would get home in the dark. I already leave for work in the dark, but I'm addicted to the endorpins & like you said, it's a great stress relief.

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MILPAM3 10/26/2012 7:49AM

  I'm impressed that one can plan in a 52-week block of time!

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JENGOJENGO 10/26/2012 7:42AM

  That is so awesome about how exercise has become stress relief--I need to try and get to that point. Lord knows I need to relieve some stress.

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VGNRNR3 10/26/2012 7:41AM

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I got pumped up to exercise just by reading this! Thanks!

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DNRAE1 10/26/2012 7:34AM

    You go, girl!!! Great blog, and wonderful success with your exercise training this next year! emoticon

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INGMARIE 10/26/2012 7:32AM

    emoticon keep up the good work.
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JGRAY76 10/26/2012 7:26AM

    Wow! You are really committed and dedicated. Congratulations and good luck on your 52 week training program.

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KATHIC2 10/26/2012 7:24AM

  You are inspiring! I'll be mapping out my training plan this weekend.

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BLUENOSE63 10/26/2012 7:21AM

  Congrats on achieving "the exercise high"....you can conquer anything now!

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TDEMAIO2 10/26/2012 7:16AM

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CFMOSS 10/26/2012 7:00AM

    Doing good! It's wonderful when we get to the point that we can embrace exercise as more than something we have to do rather something we want to do.

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FATBASTICH 10/26/2012 6:59AM

    Good for you! And good luck with the new phase of your working out - you'll do great!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/26/2012 6:32AM

    Wow! You were certainly channeling both the endorphin AND the zen in that gold standard swim. I can feel your excitement... because I've felt it... that puzzled "how did I get from THERE to HERE?" Congrats! And keep on loving yourself. You are SOOO worth it!

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DMEYER4 10/26/2012 6:28AM

  congrats and keep upthe good work

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MILLEDGE2 10/26/2012 6:20AM

    Heh, heh, heh! Exercise has snared you in its clutches and you will NEVER be the same again. When you want to bail on a workout, you will be able to recall this amazing feeling and then you'll want to get it done. Congratulations on freeing yourself from pain and moving to a new phase of your life. And thank you for passing the inspiration along to others, emoticon !

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APACHESTEVE 10/26/2012 6:07AM

    I LOVE reading your thoughts! You inspire me to keep getting off my bum and exercising!

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KELLYPAQ 10/26/2012 6:03AM

    I'm not to the point of planning for a year. I do understand about the desire to work out. If I have to miss for some reason, I'm chopping at the bit to jump back in. Such a different attitude from before when I'd think, " I'll just do it tomorrow." Funny how tomorrow never seemed to come. Good for you! Keep up the good work.

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ON2VICTORY 10/26/2012 5:31AM

    Bring it !

Oh my how you've changed since became buds.... I see a champion in the making :)

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SHERYLDS 10/26/2012 5:27AM

    Wonderful....Go For It

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SWEETMAGNOLIA2 10/26/2012 4:14AM

    Your excitement reminds me of the way I feel about walking. I can hardly wait to get going! I'm intrigued about your training plan.


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ELLEKTRA 10/26/2012 3:45AM

    Greatest blog ever! I want to jump off my desk and go do something active! Keep going girl! I know how you feel about the time off/can't do it thing!

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RICKISMOM1 10/26/2012 3:37AM

    I work out much less than you (I do a half to 1 kilometer swim 1-2 times a week, plus about 60-90 minutes walking a day). But I feel the same way about walking- I don't FEEL good without it!
Three years ago at 150 kilo (330lbs), I would have never believed that one day I would RUN to catch the green light at a street crossing, climb mountains again (even if they are smaller ones). This week I had an "AHA!" moment when I was able to touch the bottom of the pool ! (I have been trying to do so every week for a year and a half now...)

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