Well after my last post I had started walking instead of running. However I had that burning desire to run even while I was walking. So I dropped off the “official” plan but kept running. I’ve since committed myself to an actual 5K race so that motivates as well. I can run almost a full mile without stopping and have once done 3.12 miles in one run. Granted there was probably more walking than running towards the end of that but I still did it. It might not sound like much but coming from a place were I was sedentary most of the day and night, being able to run a 5K is a big accomplishment. Another added bonus of this exercise: my cholesterol has dropped 30 points and my blood pressure is right where it needs to be. Will I keep running after this race is done? Probably but not as frequently, especially with 4-6 months of winter on the horizon. As cliche as this sounds, if I can do it, anyone can. The big thing to remember when it comes to exercise of any sort: start small. Walk then run. Baby steps my friends. You can do it!
Well it appears as though I’ve lost the battle but not the war. My body starting giving me fits (my lower back and my knees) at the end of week four. I’m switching over to walking only until I can shed some weight and get into running shape. Week four was by far the toughest. I plan to continue the program but I need to heal up a bit first. For those of you in the program keep at it! It gets easier. And to those who run 5K races and longer, my hats off to you. I have a new appreciation for those that run.
The last few weeks the ‘light bulb’ has gone on and I’ve made a bunch of changes in my life. Two of them are getting in shape and eating healthier. This morning I started the Couch-to-5K program. For someone that’s pretty sedentary in my daily life it was a challenge but I was able to finish it without too much pain. I’m hoping to be able to run in my first 5K this fall after I complete the 9 week program.
I’ve also started to eat healthier. One of the nice things about where I work is the closest restaurant within walking distance is Subway. I know Subway isn’t a very healthy option but in the fast food realm it’s one of the better ones. Today’s menu was a 6″ turkey breast on 9 grain wheat with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives and lite mayo. Another change I’ve made is I’ve cut soda completely out of my diet. Regular soda is just empty calories and diet soda has artificial sweeteners that aren’t very healthy for you. From here on out it’s water.
I feel really good about where things are going. I’ve got goals set in place and a sense of motivation, determination and conviction to accomplish them. All this wouldn’t be possible without Jesus and I’m so thankful for that. Phillipians 4:13
At the risk of sounding cliche, if I can do it, anyone can. I hope keep posting updates here as it goes.