On my other blog I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish before the end of 2012. I put “do a 5K” as a goal to work toward, but I wasn’t sure how much training I’d really do to run for 3.1 miles. I know I could walk it, but I can walk 5K fairly easy, and I do it on a regular basis, so that doesn’t sound very challenging.
My (wonderful) fitness buddy Christina sent me a text the other morning saying she was planning to do the Papa Johns 10-miler, and due to an injury, she’d probably have to walk it and asked me to join her. I’ve always looked up to her and her determination, so if she thinks I can do something, I’ll do it. (Maybe I shouldn’t let her know this! lol) So, I registered and I’m officially doing the Papa Johns 10-miler at the end of March(!)
I guess I should be walking now more than ever. Since joining the gym as a result of the weather getting cold, my walking has definitely fallen by the wayside. I’m hoping how much training I’ve been doing at the gym will make it easier to do the 10 miles than if I was just training by walking alone. I’ve done about 6-7 miles at one time through the park we’re going through; the particular loop we’re going through is only 3 miles and the rest of the course seems fairly flat. I hope with that it won’t be too hard on my body. I mean, if I can do 6-7 miles at once, what’s 3-4 more miles? I say that now…
I’m really excited about this and I’m happy to have supportive people who believe me. 🙂
I don’t know what it’s like to be healthy or skinny for that matter, because I’ve never been either of those things. As I’ve grown up I’ve lost a decent amount of weight at times, but it never fails that years later it slowly creeps up on me because I don’t make a lifestyle change. During the summer of 2011 I weighed myself and I was at my heaviest. I was disgusted with myself but that didn’t motivate me to take initiative and do something about it. I can’t say I let myself get to that point due to lack of knowledge. I’ve never done anything to screw up my metabolism like a crazy fad diet, diet pills, etc. I know it requires hard work on my end to lose weight. Looking back at that time I didn’t care enough about myself to do anything about it.
I finally hit rock bottom in 2011 when I had a very messy breakup. I was crushed to say the least because it wasn’t expected. Is it ever expected really? I remember the morning after the breakup, I hadn’t slept all night, and went for a walk to clear my head. I walked and then started jogging; I jogged as far as I ever had on my 240lb frame. I felt better even if it was just for the time that I was exercising. I decided from then on I would keep this up to help cope with the greif I was feeling.
After a few months of walking and the occasional jogging, I joined a gym, and started strength training in addition to cardio. I’m not competitive by nature but I’ve been competing with myself lately to see what I can do. I feel confident and accomplished; two things I haven’t felt in a long time! I am more energetic than ever and I actually look forward to working out (what?!) — that actually happens!
In Spring 2012 I was down to 208lbs, and I completed a 5K, 10K, and a 10-miler. See, anything is possible!
My intention with this blog is to keep myself accountable; I still have more weight to lose, and I want to continue to live a healthy lifestyle even after I hit my goal weight. Most importantly, I hope what I write helps or inspires someone. I’m learning it’s a struggle to take back years of being sedentary and bad food choices. However, there’s no time like the present!