So, in addition to changing my nutrition, exercising and losing weight, I was starting to realize how isolated I felt. In addition to volunteering at the Miracle League Fields when I was able, I wanted to find ways to make some new friends. Don't get me wrong, I love my family and all the time I spend with them and I have a few amazing friends who have always been there for me. However, in the past year or so I've been through some rough times which I think contributed to where I found myself in January. However, if you'll remember, meeting new people isn't my greatest skill.
I started small, in my own way. I continued going to the training group and would talk to my sister in front of some of the other people after the session was over. That was the best way I could think of to start feeling comfortable around these people. I also just started trying to talk to more people at work. Since I was more comfortable with myself, I was a little more willing to open my mouth. Plus, work was a comfortable place for me so it wasn't too difficult for me to say things to people. A lot of it was about starting to share my story. Made me smile. And it was fun to tell Renee' about my days and people making positive comments to me.
I couldn't believe the Pig was just 10 days away. My goal that we set back in March was to be down 15 pounds by the time of the half marathon. I started this next goal at a loss of 22 pounds. On April 25th, I stepped on the scale and I couldn't believe what I saw (again)! I had lost another 3 pounds which meant that my total was now 38 pounds - Check that goal off that list! I was in shock. I remember back in the beginning of March I thought Renee' was crazy when she suggested that goal. Turns out, she knew what she was talking about. In fact, most of the time, she's right.
I was excited to tell her about meeting the goal. When she responded she said she could see it in the way I was walking, moving and carrying myself. That meant a lot. I see myself all the time so it was hard to see a huge difference in myself. Kept me going when I would hear it from other people.
The other fun part of the end of April - wearing some spring clothes that hadn't fit in a couple of years! We had a jeans week at work at the end of April / beginning of May and I put on a pair of capris that barely fit 3 weeks earlier - now they were big!! I couldn't believe it - I really think some of my funnest moments were when I put clothes on and they felt like they were falling off. Especially because most of them were tight on me last year.
I was actually looking forward to the half marathon the next weekend. When we registered, I put down that I thought I could finish in about 4.5 hours. Now, a shorter time was actually becoming a little more realistic! And I was looking at the possibility of being down 40 pounds by the time of the race.... :)