I Can Hardly Believe What I Did

Monday, May 28, 2012

Tonight, I went jogging.

Well, walking and jogging.

I decided to try the Couch to 5k program.

There are several reasons for this.

One (and two, I guess), I am very overweight (and out of shape).  I have been for years.  I've never liked it, but I've always been too lazy and discouraged to really do anything about it.  So I guess I just became...stagnant.  I felt like an outsider, and although I didn't like it, I just let it happen.  Guys weren't interested in me.  Clothes didn't fit me (which sucks, because I love shopping...it's in my DNA), and the ones that did were so shapeless and matronly.  Who I am on the outside is not who I am on the inside.  I want to change that.  I want to feel beautiful, and I want to be able to look good in the clothes I like.  I want to look (and feel) better and I want to be healthier and fit, and both are tied together with my weight.

Three (well, it's kind of tied in with 2), we've had a lot of trouble trying to conceive a child, more than most people realize.  Losing weight might help me be able to ovulate on my own, and that's something I really want to be able to do.

Four, I was on Facebook today, and I saw a post about the Color Me Rad 5k that's going to be held in Indy in September.  I've been thinking it would be cool to run a 5k for awhile now, and this one just looks like so much fun that I decided I would make it my goal to run in it.

Five, I secretly want to like running.  I'm so jealous of people who enjoy it.  I'm hoping that this will help me lose weight and build up endurance, and maybe after that happens, I'll like it too.

I'm not known for my self-discipline or my willpower, but I'm really going to do my best to keep exercising this time.  I need this to work.

Any tips?

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  1. go girl! you can do it. its a long tough road but it will be soooo worth it when you get there.

    my tip (and this is coming from someone who can't keep in the routine of running/ walking). it talk about it. tell the world you ran and yell the world when you are a slacker. ok maybe just a small group but tell them. its much easier to quit when you are the only one aware of what you are quitting.

    1. Thanks Cyn!

      I told Tom last night that he has to make me keep going, because I'm sure otherwise I'll end up giving up. I always do. But I don't want that to happen this time.

  2. Yay! Go you! I am starting up the program again so maybe we can work in it together! My advise, coming from a woman who started out about your size, is you can do it, but it is hard. It will suck the first couple times, but the amazing high you will feel when you complete a workout is unmatched. Keep it up!!

    1. Thanks Jess!

      I felt pretty good when I started, but by the time I was done, my back hurt and my legs felt a bit like jelly (they were so wobbly that I actually missed a stair and ended up falling...my mother-in-law was a little freaked out).

      I think one of my biggest issues is the breathing. I'm a mouth breather (yay allergies!) and I could tell that it was causing me problems as I ran. I was consciously trying to breathe in my nose and out my mouth, but it was a lot harder than I thought it would be.



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