New stuff

People at work have been telling me I’m an inspiration.  Not gonna lie.  It feels really good.
I don’t know if I mentioned this or not but my friend and co-worker Julie is my inspiration in the weight loss/fitness game.  Last year we both decided we were going to run the Wharf to Wharf 10K in July.  I think we had like five months to train and we both got very excited and gung ho.  We both started the Couch 25K program independent of each other and after a while I got discouraged with my lack of ability to run and decided I would just walk the darn thing.  Julie kept training and ended up running most of the race with her sister.  I walked it and finished in just under 2 hours.  Jewels finished in under an hour and a half if I remember right.  I was very proud of her and kinda disappointed in myself for not keeping with the training like she did.
After the race we both lost a bit of focus and she and I both gained a bit of weight.
Julie regained her motivation while I floundered and she has lost over 50 pounds.  She has gone from a size 18 to a size 10.  She rocks!!
The reason I tell you this story is because not only is she my inspiration, she is responsible for saving me tons of money as I go through my own weight loss journey now.
In an effort to purge herself of all her “fat clothes” since she knows that she will never ever let herself get that big again, she is giving them to me!  I’m not talking a couple of pairs of jeans here, I’m talking about a full wardrobe of shirts, jeans, sweats, capris, dresses and track suits.  In sizes 18 to 14 so I have will not have to keep buying clothes as I shrink!  How awesome is that??
How is this significant to today’s story?
Because this morning I put on a pair of 16 capri’s with a 14/16 size tee shirt and they FIT!  SIXTEEN!!!!  I can’t even remember the time I was a size 16!  I think I was in my early 20’s and it was when I was on my way back up in weight.  Wow.  Now, I’m not officially a sixteen because I have some jeans of hers that are a sixteen that are not even close to fitting but I do in fact, now fit into a pair of 16 pants that didn’t fit a month ago.  I am over the moon!!

In other news today we got some new toys.  1st is our brand new food scale!  We used to own one of these deals:
It finally broke on us so now we are the proud owners of one an Oxo Good Grips Food Scale:
We just pulled it out of the package and have been randomly weighing items in our kitchen and oohing and ahhing over it.  I can’t wait to be able to accurately measure my recipes again!  :-)
The other toys we got today are our Nike+ Ipod sensors for our shoes as well as some little pouches to tie them onto our shoe laces.  I’m pretty excited about this because even though I have Runkeeper for my phone, the GPS will drop off in certain places.  Namely the cul de sac where I normally run/walk while I am at work.  This would allow me to keep an accurate count of how far I go when I am running at work.  I can’t wait to try it!
Okay, time to go weigh stuff.  :-)


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