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Sports Bra Extraveganza!

sports-braOkay so if Sunday is to be deemed “Confession Day” here at the Jenny Bryde blog, then Monday will be deemed “Lame-Ass Excuse Day”. 

I was all pumped up yesterday for today.  Today was going to be the start of the running season.  I laid out my running clothes and even picked out some dirt out of the soles of my running shoes.  I got up this morning, put on a sports bra (A SPORTS BRA, FOR GOODNESS SAKE!), and opened the door to get the paper.  Pitter patter pitter patter.  Nope, that’s not my heartbeat speeding up with a lovely am jaunt around the block; it’s the damn monsoon that’s happening outside my door right now. 

YO!  MOTHA NATCHA!  WHAT’S UP??? 

We have had some seriously ridiculous spring weather so far including hail and snow storms.  My poor tulips don’t know what the fuck is going on. 

So I checked the ten day forcast, and SUPPOSEDLY it’s supposed to be nice the rest of the week until the weekend.  You all need to check back tomorrow, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to see if my lame-ass excuses are Monday specific or if I’m really a fat, lazy, liar.  I hope not the latter.  I’m still wearing my sports bra, by the way. 

This post was supposed to be about my exhilarating run from which I had just returned.  Instead, I will punish myself.  This post is now a celebration of women who have rocking bodies who also wear sports bras.  Maybe this will give us some motivation. 

First up we have this chic:

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She looks FANTASTIC in her sports bra.  Great cleavage, great arms, and she is SMILING.  She loves to exercise.  NOTICE HOWEVER, SHE IS NOT OUT IN THE RAIN.  I am not the only wuss out there.  NEEEEEEXT!

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Okay, I am posting this one not to inspire us but because it made me laugh so loud that I scared our cat out of the room.  Seriously!  WTF?  I will NOT be wearing this sports bra.  NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEXT!

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This picture does inspire me because this girl is so confident to run outside that she goes sans t-shirt.  I hope to be at that point some day.  Haven’t you seen that fantastic sweaty girl who’s totally in shape and in her element while she’s running.  That’s my goal.  NEEEEEEEEEEEEXT!

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This picture is awesome.  There’s nothing particularly spectacular about J-lo’s sports bra, but she does look like she could kick someone’s ass.  And her legs are awesome!  (PS:  I found this picture on a webpage called “The World of Isaac” who features celebrities in sports bra.  I think Isaac is sort of a perv.)  NEEEEEEEEEEEXT!

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And to wrap things up, we have the famous picture of Brandi Chastain ripping her shirt off after winning the Women’s World Cup in soccer.  Because of her, I have had fantasies where I am kick ass at soccer.  So wierd, right?  I’ve never even played.  I was the kid who faked being sick all the time to get out of gym class.  Why soccer?  But anyhoo, Brandi is in fantastic shape and is one of my role models.

Well I hope you enjoyed your Sports Bra Extraveganza on this fine Monday morning.  Check back tomorrow.  I will not be posting pictures of myself in my sports bra, but hopefully I can tell you that I just got back from a run and that I’m not still a lame ass.

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The smoking pig is dead.

pig-smokingSo as mentioned previously, this future bride is trying to lose her past.  I am trying to drop major weight before my wedding and keep it off not only for the sake of my wedding photos, but also so that I can be a healthy mommy down the road.  I recently started being very concerned with my health and have made major steps in trying to take really good care of myself.

The first hurdle was smoking.  GASP.  Yep, I’ve smoked on and off since I was old enough to sneak cigarettes from my friend’s dad’s pack.  Even being a swimmer in high school, I’d smoke.  Bad, bad, bad.  This habit continued throughout college and beyond.  Just recently, I kicked the habit.  It was actually pretty easy.  I’ve been smoke free for about 4 months now.  My FI was also a heavy smoker.  Last week he came home with some nicotine mints and hasn’t touched a cigarettes now in 8 days.  So good for both of us.  🙂

The second hurdle was food.   I love food.  All food, and lots of it.  I’ve tried dieting before and failed every time.  It wasn’t until my father was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes that made my head turn.  He had to follow a very strict diabetic diet and was told that he needed to lose 60lbs.  He was in hell for the first month, and so my mother and I have both been following the diet to be supportive of his efforts.  He succeeded!  He’s lost all of the 60lbs and has been told that his blood sugar tests have been coming back normal.  He is on a monitoring stage now.  My dad has totally been my inspiration, and after following the same diabetic diet, I have lost 20lbs.  I am in the lead for the biggest loser’s contest at my school.

Now I am ready for the third hurdle: Exercise.  I believe that this third step in moving towards a healthy life will actually be fairly simple to incorporate.  I’ve done the exercise route before and actually liked it, the problem being that I was still eating like a pig and smoking like a chimney.  Can you picture a smoking pig jogging around a track?  Yep, not very effective.  Well the smoking pig is dead, and I’m ready to run.

I’ve done various exercises before:  elliptical machines, aerobic classes, walking, and they’ve all given me moderate success.  Last year, I read a book called Secrets of a Former Fat Girl by Lisa Delaney. 

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Okay, I’m  not going to say the cliche phrase that this book changed my life, but seriously, it did.  It’s the story of Lisa’s weight loss journey that included getting her eating under control and incorporating running into her schedule.  As I’m reading this book, I’m thinking, no way.  I hate people who can run.  But her book is so inspiring, and her frank honesty is releaving, that I decided to give running a try. 

I went to faithful Google and typed in “beginner’s running” and found several promising sources.  I ended up on the Runner’s World website which had an 8 week training schedule going from walking to running for 30 minutes straight.  I followed the schedule faithfully, and at the end of 8 weeks, I was indeed running multiple miles.  It was so ridiculous.  I had never even run a mile in gym class, and here I was getting up at 5 each day to go to the track and run 2, 3, and 4 miles. 

When it got too cold outside to run, I holed up in my house for the winter and didn’t really do much.  Now it’s getting nice outside and lighter earlier, and I am ready to go run.  I am starting tomorrow morning, and I am looking forward to it.

I am hoping to see my weight loss speed increase since this time around with exercising, I also have my eating under control.  Last time I was running, my weight stayed steady because I was still the smoking pig.  I will keep you posted on how this goes.  I think Sundays will be from here on out CONFESSION DAYS.  I don’t attend church per se, so this will be my medium in which to confess good habits or bad habits and a weight update.  I guess that make’s you, reader, my priest.  🙂

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