I have been non-stop since my last post. It feels like it has been over a month since I wrote, but in truth it has only been a few weeks.
I celebrated my 48th birthday on the 3rd, then had to write my final paper for my Nursing Research class that was due on the 13th (got it done before then and turned in), now trying to get things ready for Christmas.
Joshua and I are heading down to Florida to spend Christmas with my Dad and brother. This will be the first time back to Florida since we moved to Illinois in 2014. I have worked by butt off getting my PTO time saved up to be able to take 6 days off.
Now on to training and eating. I HAVE BEEN BAD!!!!!!
My training has taken a huge back seat to life and so has my eating. My weight had gotten back up to 165 and I just felt like crap. First of all, I have been so upset with myself that I allow myself to slip back into old unhealthy eating habits when I get stressed. Will have to work on finding better ways when school starts back up in January.
I have gone back to just drinking my protein drinks and water. I have slipped up twice and had my mortal enemy of peanut M&Ms. I just have to refocus and remember why I did this in the first place.
I have been trying to find a support group that isn’t over an hour away. I will keep looking.
Back to the training…. Joshua has swimming lessons every Thursday night and there just happens to be a Masters Swim Class at the same time. So, we both get to swim on Thursday nights. Plus he does so much better when I am not watching. I am so proud of him and how far he has come in his swimming.
Now on to bigger news…….
They have opened up applications for their “Equally Inspiring Athlete” for women to be coached for three months for free. They continue to want to increase the number of women in the sport. I was very lucky in 2015 that I applied and was accepted. Sadly it didn’t last long as I got injured and couldn’t continue. This was right before my weight loss surgery. So, I was encouraged to apply again and I did.
It has been 3 months since the last time I have posted. So many things have happened both good and bad.
My weight loss journey has been going great. I am down a total of 126lbs since surgery on July 13, 2015.
I am now in a size 16 in jeans and some larges in workout gear.
Training has taken a back seat to injuries, but I am getting stronger and working my way back. I have already signed up for 3 races with the first one in April. It is the first and only race that I did last year before surgery.
April 17, 2016 Try Tri Edwardsville, IL Super Sprint
May 22, 2016 St. Louis Triathlon Creve Coeur Park in Maryland Heights Athena Sprint
June 12, 2016 Athena National Championships Grand Rapids, MI Athena Sprint.
August 2016 Wood River Triathlon (this one is still a maybe).
Time to get busy and reach my goals!!! Only 25 lbs from my weight loss goal and my racing goals are starting to take shape.
I got the email today…. I was one of 54 other women picked to be part of the Tri Equal..
You have been selected for 3 months of free coaching, donated by a coach in support of TriEqual’s Equally Inspiring program.
This program is to help bring women into the sport of triathlons and to help encourage other women to join the sport. The #50womentokona started this campaign to have equality among the men and women professional triathlete for the world championships in Kona, HI.
As of right now there are only approx. 30 professional female triathletes that go to the championships each year, compared to 50 professional males. In order for a women to get to Kona, she has to race more races than the men to qualify for a spot.
Please visit http://www.triequal.org for more information and how you can help in the fight for equality.
It has been awhile since I updated everyone on my progress.
As of last week I am down a total of 83 LBS. I try weigh myself every Thursday, which is tomorrow.
Look at what a year makes! The photo on the left was taken last October when I was making my son’s birthday cake. The one on the right was taken about a week ago.
I finally got my hair colored after a year and I took my glasses off for the picture.
I got some exciting news today. TriEqual will be announcing the 50 women who will get to experience free coaching for three months on November 25, 2015. I sent in an application and now I am keeping my fingers crossed. They had nearly 500 applications to read and pair down to only 50.
I ordered my new suit from Swim Outlet and it should be here in the next week. I ordered a size 20, hope it fits I am ready to get back into the pool. Going to work very hard on my swimming in the next few months. Will be getting a membership at the Rec Center here in town for the next 6 months. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to me!
My goal is to be able to swim 50 yards without stopping. I have always needed to stop and rest after each 25.
I am looking at my first race to be in April. The Try Tri Illinois at SIUE. I will be doing the super sprint: 150 yard swim, 10mile bike and 2 mile run.
I know from last year, I need to work on climbing hills and learning how to change gears on my bike. I will be using Mabel once again this year, as I am saving my money for an entry level TRI Bike.
My own GOfundme account at home.
Hugs, will update again soon.
I must be a bad mom.
I made a comment on Facebook asking about all of the eating the J has been doing these past few weeks. He is always hungry. I know that he is going through another growth spurt. but it feels like every hour to 2 hours after coming home from school he wants something to eat. Well, it started… get him active in sport. he is bored, he needs a hobby.
Do you think I haven’t tried? I refuse to push my son into anything for the sake of him doing a sport. Yes, I dreamed of him playing sports when he was little. I wanted a left handed relief pitcher to play for the Cardinals. But as time when on the Asperger’s took over. I am not completely blaming the Asperger’s, as I am the most at blame. I didn’t take him out to the park that much or get him into swimming lessons when he was little or to the pool. Was I lazy for not doing those things with him? In a way I was and I shed tears about it all the time. I have made some really bad choices in the past 10 years concerning how my son grew up. If I make any changes now it will destroy the sweet boy that I have now, my pirate at heart.
My son is not active in any sports. He plays video games when ever he can or watches You Tube videos about Minecraft and other games.My son also has Asperger’s. The video games keep him active, he is highly intelligent and loves history, social studies and culture. I have a scholar on my hands.
I get tired to others telling me I should do this or that, get him into sports or hobby. I am about to lose it. He is me all over again. I am such an introvert and I want to make everyone happy when I am miserable on the inside.
Now on to other news……… TriEqual has launched the Inspiring Program that will match inspiring women triathletes with coaches that will follow and coach them for a total of three months free. The hope is to increase women into the sport of triathlons. I have already sent in my application. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I truly believe that if I don’t find a coach soon, I will end up giving up on the sport and myself. That I one thing that I CANNOT do. I have to show my son that it is alright to be as active as you can be at any size.