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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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TDWANDD2MYK9 10/26/2012 2:57AM

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SUNSET09 10/26/2012 2:10AM

  It's the AHA moment you've been looking for and the weight off helps as well. I enjoy it as a stree management technique as well and the swimming, its a workout all by itself, so refreshing. Good for you for taking the steps you need to become the person you wanna be. It all starts with us. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 10/25/2012 11:01PM

    This made me think of that quote from the Daily Spark Blog "Stay Motivated When The Scale Isn't Moving" "You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be." David Viscott. I realized I'm doing that. Your there and perhaps even beyond that--you are that person. Yes, you want to lose weight, but you know you will do that. It's a good place to be.

It's great that you got the breathing down! Fantastic! And no pain!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/25/2012 10:28PM

    Wonderful! I am starting up the same type of plan: bike/strength/swim/elliptical.. have to keep the weight off of my ankle. I may not be able to do this year's races... I don't know how my ankle will do with longer distances. I did a 10k this past weekend and my ankle is doing fine. Still not 100% but very happy with how it went. I never thought I would be a long distance runner. Lately, I have thought about doing a tri and that is something I also NEVER thought I would even consider. Never thought I would enjoy this type of thing and now it's hard to imagine life without races and training. Crazy. Things change.

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JMARIES51 10/25/2012 5:45PM

    Ok, I remember saying I loved one of your blogs not so long ago, but I really loved this one. I have not laid out my training plan for the next 52 weeks, but what I am doing is only doing things that I know I can stick with for the rest of my life. This means I have to try a lot of new things to know what I like and don't like because before my whole life was sitting on the couch watching TV. Exercise was a once in awhile walk with the dogs. But I am also in this place that you are talking about of contentment and a peacefulness that comes from knowing I am taking care of me.

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SENIORSWIMMER 10/25/2012 3:42PM

    Congrats on some HUGE goals, well accomplished. So glad the swimming is coming together for you. Sounds like you are in afterglow. emoticon

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PEGGYO 10/25/2012 3:22PM

    great job to do so much planning

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NSMANN 10/25/2012 2:20PM

    Congrats on your good swim! I too struggle with breathing during the freestyle. I can't seem to do it without getting water up my nose! Wish I had it down pat like you do.

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LIZRUNS22 10/25/2012 2:11PM

    sounds to me that you have crossed that invisible, but perceivable force field of changing what you are doing to changing who you are. :)

You are now a person who loves to stay active. So very, very, very cool. congrats!

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LYNSEY723 10/25/2012 12:22PM

    That is so awesome! emoticon I know what you mean with these changes. I can't believe I wake up at 5am to go to the gym! In the past, when I saw 5am on the clock and I was actually up and moving, the world was probably coming to an end! :)

You are a rock star! I am so excited to see what the next year holds for you!

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JUNEAU2010 10/25/2012 12:19PM

    I would love to get to that point! Congrats! I just need to get started....

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FRACKTHATNOISE 10/25/2012 12:05PM

    I love this blog. One day I hope to share your sentiment!

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PATTISTAMPS 10/25/2012 11:52AM

    EXCELLENT!!!!

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GOING-STRONG 10/25/2012 11:20AM

    I know how you feel and it is fantastic! When I started to seriously commit to a lifetime program of health and fitness things began to change. I woke each morning looking FORWARD to the opportunities the new day had in store and wanted to do more to move myself forward. While that feeling has lessened somewhat over the past 3 years I'm still "going-strong"... hee hee. I would love the hear more about the specifics of your 52 week plan. Is is based on any particular training program? Do tell!!

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SMANISMELL 10/25/2012 11:03AM

    Good plan! I know that exercise makes me feel better. I hope that you successfully achieve your goals through your Prep and Base phases. Good luck.
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LINDAKAY228 10/25/2012 10:42AM

    Oh Im so happy for you that you got the breathing down now! You are becoming a stronger swimmer all the time. Good luck with the intensive training plan.

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MAGGIEH6 10/25/2012 10:06AM

    I'm starting to have more days where I just want to exercise and don't care what the scale will say at the end of the week! Just curious, what's a 'Mini Marathon'? Sounds intriguing...

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JENNCABA 10/25/2012 9:52AM

    Change is emoticon emoticon

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SHERRY28269 10/25/2012 9:42AM

    So Inspirational!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 10/25/2012 9:27AM

    emoticon How exciting! I'm not quite there yet, but I'm happy that you are!

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CALICOANNEFLINT 10/25/2012 9:24AM

    This is awesome! So inspiring!

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DJSHIP46 10/25/2012 9:14AM

    I'm so very happy for you!!! Love the new picture (I have always loved your smile). It is a really beautiful thing to watch/read about your transformation and all that you have accomplished... YOU are a remarkable woman!!!

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DR8561 10/25/2012 9:12AM

    I'm still a work in progress, but I'm also finding that exercise isn't an option any more. It keeps the depression at bay and is my stress reliever also. You inspire me to keep on going. I can't wait to see how your training unfolds over the next year! You are
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AMANDAROX 10/25/2012 8:47AM

    I love stories like this....such an inspiration! I'm so happy for you that you've turned into an endurance athlete! Congrats, and keep up the positive thinking!!

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LOOKSLIKELILY 10/25/2012 8:17AM

    I have also changed my attitude to exercise. Right when I began this spark thing I hated exercise. Like, seriously. I had to force myself to do it. Now, if I don't exercise I turn into a horrible person. I am agitated, frustrated, I don't sleep. I feel on a knife edge. It took me a while to realise that I am a much better person when I work out regularly but now I know this I am even more convinced that fitness will be something that I do for the rest of my life, whether I need to lose weight or not. It's "me" time. Or rather, time spent allowing myself to be me.

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TORTISE110 10/25/2012 8:14AM

    Love your new pic. You look great! All that exercise you have grown to love is paying off! emoticon

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