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PriorFatGirl is a community of writers who share their healthiness journey with you, our friends. Currently, posts on the main page are written by Liz who is fighting through her healthiness journey (and winning!) You can read other priorfatgirl journeys by clicking on the “Other priorfatgirl’s” drop down from the top menu.

Through the ups and downs of life, the scale, and emotions, we share our stories as a form of therapy for us, and as a way to help remove stigmas associated with trying to live up to social expectations of being perfect. We will not ever promise to be perfect, but we will promise to share candidly our journeys of learning how to be healthy in an unhealthy world, sugar coating not included.

 

The “Support” Team

I got a present in the mail today!  I was expecting it since last week and VERY excited about it.  You see this was my first package from Enell as one of their new Ambassadors!   And in this package was the super-secret NEW COLOR that launched today.   It had been voted on but no one knew what color won until it was announced today.

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I want you to ask yourself “When was the last time I was excited about getting a bra in the mail?”  But I am!  It helps that it is from a company I really like, whose bras are top quality and actually work for large women while working out.  It also helps that I have been wearing nursing bras almost exclusively for 10 months! I was also excited about a fun new color.  I have my share of boring bras, but for sports bra territory fun is the way to go, in my opinion.

And the new color is….

SCUBA BLUE

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(Isn’t is gorgeous?!)

In addition to the beautiful bra I got some fun gear to wear at my races.  I just love race gear – it gets me excited to run.  That sentence is one that still makes me giggle when I think about how less than 3 years ago I had never run a mile.  Amazing.

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Look for me wearing the gear at my first 10K on Oct 4, a race that I am getting to do because of my partnership with Enell.  (Which is good because race habits are expensive!)  Who knows I may even get the courage to model the bra here myself, but let’s not hold our breath shall we?

As one of Enell’s brand Ambassadors I was given the items about as well as race entries.  However all opinions are my own.  I am lucky to be picky about who I get to work with!  Also, if you want to know where to get an Enell bra in the new color check out their blog post with a list of retailers.  But be quick – last year’s signature color sold out quick as a bunny.

P.S.  Can we just give Enell some mad props for using real size women in their advertising?  I love that about them.

 

September Goals

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Did you know that it is September?  Yeah, it took my by surprise too.  I want my summer back!  It does feel like I was SO busy this summer that I never really had time to enjoy it.  This weekend was lovely and unscheduled, but it was the rarity this summer.  And now it is September 1 and tomorrow is the first day of school for E1 (Kindergarten!) and I am a week away from Rally Day at church, and two weeks from Sunday School starting up again.

It seems like time just keeps speeding up on me.

My August goals were a bit of a flop.  I missed several Weight Watcher meetings (despite weighing in at least).  I am up in weight and while I did do well at the 3-day it sure got me off my weight loss game.  Frankly, I am glad to see August go.  (I did have a nice birthday though).  But let us never speak of August again.

September I really want to get moving again.  I have been resting my knees since the 3 day and while I have been walking some it is time to step up to real workouts again.  I think 3 a week is doable and I would like to try one morning workout too.  We’ll just see.  Tracking is obvious.  I do better when I track so I just have to do it.  I have been good about tracking since Wednesday’s weigh in so I am going to keep the momentum going and commit to tracking all month long.

Going to bed is also something I struggle with.  Often after I get the baby to bed I find myself doing the dishes, pumping, writing some freelance or blog stuff and finally crawling into bed around 1.  I need more sleep than that.  Ideally I would get to bed no later than 11 every night, but for now I need to set a cap at midnight.  I need more sleep and more sleep gives me more energy, which leads to better choices, etc.

So those are my Sept. goals.  I am trying to keep it simple.   No set schedules really, track, move and sleep.

What are your September Goals?  How did you do on your August Goals.

In the meantime I have to pump so that I can get to bed by midnight.  See you on Sept 2 everyone, when I will be the mother of a Kindergartener!  (Send hugs)

The Bees Knees

I find it a little bit amusing that I turned 35 (on Tuesday) and on Wednesday I had an appt to get my knees evaluated.  Welcome to middle age Liz!  I went to a local clinic that specializes in orthopedic care who has taken good care of Mr. Goat and my in-laws before.  For my trouble I got an xray which told me what I already knew, that I did not have any breaks or any major misalignment in my knees.

Instead my pain appears to be a function of excessive use and the recommendation was ice, elevation, ibuprofen and more training to keep getting stronger.  This is a great outcome.  There was a chance there might be a minor strain or tear going on in there, but based on the reduced swelling and reducing pain over the days since the 3-day the Dr. said that the treatment might be worse than the disease at this point.

My left knee in particular is still sore and doesn’t always want to do what I tell it to, but it is improving.  I hope to get out this weekend for a trial walk/run and then start my training for my upcoming races after E1 starts Kindergarten!

Thanks to my ambassadorship with Enell, I am going to be running my first 10K in about a month.  I also have at least 1 5k on the books (the Monster Dash) and I found out yesterday that E1′s school does a September 5k for fundraising, so I may do that too.   I want to get some outside running in before it gets cold.  Mr. Goat is training for an Oct half marathon too and is doing great.  We’ll be alternating some running evenings in the next few weeks!

I have to tell you, I struggled a bit on the 3-day about having to sweep and listening to my body.  It felt like failing, however after sharing this thought with the other walkers they all reminded me that I am crazy (in a kind way).  The 3-day is not about walking every mile, but instead it is about raising awareness, funds and support for people with breast cancer and the researchers who are trying to cure it.  The real work is done prior to the 3-day and the actual walk is a celebration of walking with and for all the people whose lives are touched by breast cancer.

And after all, I still walked roughly 48 miles, partially on complaining knees.  So I wouldn’t say I was exactly a slacker!

This was my first experience needed some medical care during an event or training.  I want to give major props to the Susan G. Komen 3-day folks for bringing in an amazing VOLUNTEER medical team for the event.  I truly think that the care I got made it possible to finish the event.  I also think I learned a good lesson about stopping if something hurts to get it evaluated.  It is far easier to fix something before you are hobbled!  And once you know that nothing serious is going on then you can still push through the pain to finish strong.

I learned some good lessons from my knees this week and I am excited to get running and on to my next training routine (“sentences I never thought I’d say for 1000, Alec”)  Hopefully my knees won’t give me much trouble in the next challenges.  Of course I won’t be walking 20 miles a day so there is that!