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PCOUSINS13 Posts: 25
4/16/13 6:02 P

Thanks guys! I have returned to College and the track is just a two minute drive from the campus so I can go there on my breaks. I can't go after school because I have to get home to get my kids from the sitter.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
4/16/13 1:40 P

Courage is looking fear in the face and doing it anyway. Keep up the awesome work and build on your successes!

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4/16/13 12:18 P

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You must be on Cloud Nine today! We'll look forward to hearing good things from you in the coming months....

Just remember...Slow is Good! Getting a whole bunch of sore muscles or really fatigued won't help you keep it up! Depending on how convenient the track is to your location, you might consider breaking up your daily goal into two segments. I know that has helped me to avoid the sore muscles, and it just feels good to gently stretch everything later in the day.

Keep up your good work!

PCOUSINS13 Posts: 25
4/16/13 11:05 A


I didn't have to use my inhaler (bonus!!) and I walked two kilometers. I walked for 20 minutes doing intervals of 1 lap normal pace, one lap faster pace. There were 11 laps in a kilometer so it was the perfect amount of time for intervals. I will be going back there for sure!!

My goal was 20 minutes, which I met! I looked at the gym too...and I think I may give that a try once I can get in a routine of walking. I want to start slow so I don't get too tired and then throw it all down, which I'm guilty of doing before.

Anyway, thank you ladies for answering my panic button push!!!

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4/16/13 6:41 A


I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

Don't try to do everything at once or you will end up frustrated. Set some simple goals. take baby steps literally and figuratively so that you don't become overwhelmed. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. that's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

You're going to do fine ! Just take things slowly.

RHAPSODY43 Posts: 49
4/16/13 5:18 A

Start slowly and focus on one step at a time. Do not focus on the fact of not being at the same fitness level as you were jn the past. Instead, focus on praising yourself for taking these positive steps towards a healthier and stronger you! Enjoy getting to know your body again and what it can do. Take it slow - it will be worth it. Much luck :)

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4/16/13 5:15 A

May God bless your success on this journey we all share.

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4/16/13 3:11 A

PCOUSINS13 - because you mention that your health isn't so good, AND you feel "I'm actually scared that I will pass out on the track because I am so out of shape. I'm going armed with a bottle of water and my inhaler.." I would be inclined to make an appointment with your Dr BEFORE you embark on exercise, and see what is going on.

If you have to wait for an appointment, I would be more inclined to do chair exercises and walk around your home. Most of my exercise up until this last week (when I bought a treadmill) has in fact been putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. That is a much better way to introduce your body to exercise, safely, under the circumstances.


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4/15/13 9:35 P

Another quick question...monitoring miles: are you a Lord Of the Rings Fan? If so, check out the "Walking to Rivendell" thread on Message Boards. They have a fun way to keep track of how far you've gone! You can track your miles as if you were traveling with Frodo....

PCOUSINS13 Posts: 25
4/15/13 8:39 P

And Nancy...I'll start that single step tomorrow morning at 11:00! I'm monitoring how many kilometers I travel as, hopefully, this is just a start to my many, many kilometers!

PCOUSINS13 Posts: 25
4/15/13 8:37 P

Thanks guys! You guys are a big help! I'm out of shape for me...I used to walk 10+ kilometers a day a couple of years ago. Then I lost my job and got a bit depressed with all that was going on. So, for the past year (almost to the day!) I have been an honest to goodness couch potato! Practically not moving unless I had too. Well, I started back to college in January...and although that gets me out of the house, I'm still not active. I do have allergies and asthma...but I know I can do this. My doctor recommends this. I just feel so out of shape that I think I will fail. But I do know I can do this...its just getting started.

After I made this post I was feeling so depressed...I decided to check out the pinterest board that I made about fitness and I came across a series of yoga moves to improve your mood. It actually worked!! And all that stretching felt GOOD!!

And, tomorrow, I'm not going to over-exert myself...I know if I do I will get discouraged and not want to go back. I'm going to start slow and I have a time limit of 20 minutes. If I can get that done then I will be happy!!!

Thank you again, ladies for the encouragement. I will check in again tomorrow to let you know how it went.

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4/15/13 8:09 P

Nothing Weird about you! Many of us are uncomfortable in a "new" environment!!

Please remember that everyone else there had a first time too...! If you have a question, don't be shy about asking the first person you encounter; and if they don't have an answer, then ask another. (Its a great way to meet folks, by saying "I'm new here....") Best of all- remember it will only be "new" for the first lap around that track. emoticon

Trust yourself--you can do this!!

A quick and serious question for you said you are afraid you might actually pass out because you are so out of shape? Have you checked in with your doctor about starting this exercise?? If not, then I sincerely hope you will !! But waiting to talk to them before actually exercising shouldn't stop you from going down to the track TOMORROW as you planned, and checking it all out. Doing even that much will take much of your anxiety away.

Take care, and enjoy your new adventure at the track. Let us know how it goes!!

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4/15/13 8:05 P


One of my favorite quotes reads, "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"--please do not allow your fear to stand in your way--consider tomorrow a day of rebirth.


Coach Nancy

PCOUSINS13 Posts: 25
4/15/13 7:49 P

I have been up and down for a few years now, but I feel so gross lately. Really yucky. And my health is not so good. I have decided that tomorrow I will go to the walking track at the sports complex....but now I'm so scared!!! Why the heck am I feeling like this?? I'm actually scared that I will pass out on the track because I am so out of shape. I'm going armed with a bottle of water and my inhaler...but I'm still so scared that my belly hurts. Am I weird???

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