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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I have been really motivated for the past week, something in me has just changed. I have printed a photo of myself that I can't stand looking at cause I look fat in it. I pass by it everyday and give myself the motivation I need to go to the gym because I don't want to look like that again.
Well yesterday I was talking to my husband telling him I feel like running, but I don't want to injure myself, like my knees or my foot (had problems before). Then I told him maybe it's just an excuse I keep giving myself so I don't run. Plus, mentally I had that image in my head of all my jiggly parts flapping around in the air as I jogged. So today when I was on the treadmill I was up to 10 minutes, then I started to do it, I was jogging. I pushed my mind to just do it. I cranked up the treadmill where I could get a good jog in and I jogged for a full minute! I know a minute isn't much for people who are used to it, but I am taking baby steps. Gotta get my heart rate used to jogging like I did with walking. Baby steps. So, with my heart rate now up at 190 I slowed it down a bit and continued with a steady walk. Again, proud that I even did it, at 15minutes I started jogging again for a minute and then walked. I did this 3 more times during the hour I was on the treadmill. My heart rate stayed up the rest of the time till I tried cooling down.
So proud of todays accomplishment I just had to blog about it. Hopefully I will inspire someone out there to just do it. You need to over power your mind of its negative and unpersuasive thoughts. AND, who cares what other people may think of all your jiggly parts, at least your their in the gym doing the do to get rid of the jiggly. emoticon

PS. Know your limits!
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  • SUZIEQ115
    I used to jog a lot, even did a half marathon last fall. I have since let myself backslide and now need to start all over with my baby steps. Walking, jogging, walking.
    You inspire me to know that I can indeed do this and build back up to where I once was. Keep up the good work. emoticon
    2122 days ago
    That is wonderful, it's amazing how the body will react if you keep doing these 1 minute here and there. It will all add up. And no one looks at jiggle, they'll look at you and say "wow" "she's doing it" "good for her" "maybe I can too"
    You are a great motivator, keep up the good work.
    2307 days ago
    This is really inspiring! I actually ran across the street when I went on my last "long walk" which was a little over a mile. At the halfway point I ran across the street (5 lanes). It made my chest hurt a bit but I did it and it didn't hurt my knees or ankles, just my chest from breathing so hard afterward. I am going to try working in a few more short bursts into my walks. emoticon for sharing this!
    2334 days ago
    Great job! I took a C25K, and they teach you to jog/run a 5K exactly like what you have been doing. Starting out with one minute walk followed by a 1 minute jog and working your way up each week to jogging 2 minutes, 3 minutes... so on. I have gotten out of jogging since taking the class in Spring and running my first 5K (summer has been too hot for me to want to run outdoors) But really miss it and want to get back into it. I think I will start over doing what you are doing, jog a minute, and bump it up each week! Keep up the great work!
    2430 days ago
    I, too, feel very self-conscience when jiggling at the gym. Unlike the macho men looking at themselves in the mirror because of their swelling muscles, I look to see if anyone can see my jiggles!
    I have wanted to add running, but have also been afraid of injury. You are right, maybe its and excuse. Thanks sharing that it's ok to be afraid and put yourself out there for the sake of your health! I'll start the jog tomorrow! emoticon
    2430 days ago
    I broke my foot in December just when I started jogging and have been scared to go back to it. Maybe I will its been 7 months.
    2431 days ago
    Way to go! Yes, it amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. What you blogged will help me get back on track to push myself to do more. Thanks for sharing and good luck reaching your goals!
    2431 days ago
    Good for you! Keep it up. :-)
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    2551 days ago
    That is fantastic!
    2600 days ago
  • HALEMA72
    Congratulations and keep up the great work you are doing. Don't limit yourself. You can do this. I started jogging for 1 min increments as well and walking the rest. You feel a big sense of accomplishment when jogging. It makes you feel strong. I am now training for my first 5 K. There is a web site called about It is great, and it starts beginners off with a walk jog program. I think you will enjoy it. Enjoy yourself and always listen to your body. Good luck
    2761 days ago
  • TBUFF35
    If you really are interested in jogging and incorporating it into your workouts, there's a site at that offers a free training log that helps you train "from couch to 5K". It offers guidelines that help you incorporate the jogging with your walking so you can safely build up your cardio and endurance. I just started using it and it's a great tool. Good luck and keep up the hard can do this (and so can I)!!! emoticon
    2765 days ago
    Good for you! I've done basically the same thing. The treadmill is my least favorite cardio workout but my son's favorite, so I have been spending a lot of time on that contraption. A few weeks ago, I decided to up the ante and start jogging. I can now do 2 to 3 minutes of walking alternating with a minute of jogging, for about 30 minutes. This is huge for me, as your experience is for you. I could never really run, even when I was thin and slightly athletic, so I am hyped about this as you should be for your accomplishment. Keep it up and you go girl!

    2783 days ago
    Hello! I think it is GREAT that you are jogging. I started jogging this morning also. I jogged for 5 minutes total and then walked for 22 minutes total. I would have liked to jog more, but my right calf was burning.

    Good luck to you.

    2785 days ago
    I have been feeling exactly the same way! I too have had foot problems in the past and have wondered if I should really try. Thank you for giving me the courage to try!!!
    2788 days ago
    that is awesome! I just started doing a little jogging myself! I was really worried about hurting myself, but I just listen to my body. When it starts to hurt, I go back to walking. Let keep it up!
    2788 days ago
    Have you thought about doing C25K? I'm starting next week! Eek!!
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    2789 days ago
    Thank you for your story. It's truly inspirational. Keep up the progress you're doing! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2794 days ago
    Thank you for sharing! I was excited and jogged recently too and all my friends/family grimaced and clucked at me about doing so...because of the impact on my joints....rather than worrying about my knees, I saw how unsupportive the people in my life truly made me see I need to be more self motivated and share less of what I'm doing with them.
    2800 days ago

    emoticon Oh my gosh!!!!!!! you are awsome and so courageous, YOU GO!!!!please don't stop now. emoticon emoticon
    2803 days ago
    You should feel very proud of your accomplishment! I, too, would love to start jogging (for some reason it just feels like something I would like to do), but I am terrified of collapsing on the side fo the road or something! I don't have a treadmill and can't afford to go to a gym so I would have to venture outdoors and that terrifies me. I think it's awesome that you pushed yourself and cranked up your routine. You've inspired me to do the same! emoticon
    2803 days ago
    wow you are doing an awesome job of cranking up the exercise, you should be really proud of yourself way to go soon you will be joggin around the block. emoticon
    2806 days ago
  • DH1007
    I also started to jog on the treadmil, today was my first day. I am going to increase my distance and speed sloooooowly until I can do a 5K. Thats my goal. Good luck to both of us!
    2807 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/14/2010 2:05:48 PM
  • MZLADY77
    Good for you! You step out of comfort zone!! I need to start jogging and I will one day!
    2809 days ago
    I have been wanting to jog. But with degenerative disk disease and fibromyalgia it is a struggle to pick up my feet and just walk. You have really encouraged me to at least try. I have a stationary bike that I haven't used in over a year. I believe with some determination I can start with this. A little at a time. I guess I needed a push to realize that I can do it. Thank you for pushing me in the right direction.
    2809 days ago
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    Good for you !
    I would like to share something that has been working for me without adding injury. I have ruined my right knee on the treadmill so my orthopaedic surgeon has given me the "thumbs up" to run on the elliptical. You dont get the hard impact of the ground or treadmill but your body still gets the same benefit. I only use the elliptical "arms" when I warm up or cool down, otherwise its hands off and bursts of speed with short rests to bring my heart rate down. Try it sometime and see if that's something that would appeal to you.
    Good luck to you on all your future health and fitness endeavors!

    2809 days ago
  • WANDAC2013
    emoticon Keep up the great work and thank you for being such an inspiration!!!!
    2809 days ago
    I have been doing the same thing. When I added music, a good beat...I found it easier and I could go longer. I downloaded Pandora on my iphone and it mixed exercise music for me. I'm a bit more sore, but excited and I will continue! Good can do it.


    2810 days ago
    Awesome to you!!!! Doesn't that just give you the best feeling of empowerment??!! Keep up the great job!!
    2810 days ago
    that's how it starts.....intervals are great fat burners....
    I am proud of you, hope you are very proud of yourself!!
    2811 days ago
    Great job!
    2811 days ago
    You go girl! Just like starting SparkPeople, one baby step at a time. I'm only on week 2, but you have given me the desire to focus on the possible. Thank you again for writing so honestly and sharing your heart with us.
    2811 days ago
    great job! a little bit at a time is all it takes to build up!
    2811 days ago
    Congrats, you've taken the first step. I recently took it myself. I have bad pains in my shins and it makes it very painful for me to walk quickly let alone run. I started at 30 seconds only a few weeks ago and I'm now up to 3 minutes. You can do anything if you put your mind to it!!!!
    2811 days ago
  • JODIE2105
    Fantastic! I wish I were a runner and have started the couch to 5k program many times. This latest time I was determined to finish it, but ended up with plantar faciitis. When it clears up I'll be back at it. Keep up the good work!
    2811 days ago
    Just came accross your Blog and wanted to commend you for the great job. It is awesome when that motivation hits.
    2811 days ago
    OMG, what an outstanding job, you have definitely inspired me! I used to think that I was too big and was worried about my jiggly parts! I will take baby steps too! Hang on in there, before you know it, you will be doing 1, 2, miles!
    Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    2811 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/10/2010 1:22:46 PM
    Hey well done huni you should definately be proud of yourself. I tried jogging and i only lasted a minute before i was pooped so dont worry about it just take your time and soon you will be jogging the whole 15 minutes xxx WELL DONE WOOHOOO
    2811 days ago
    Thank you for your story, at my size walking on a treadmill is not doable because I can't find one that can handle me that I can afford. Walking on the street scares me in case I can't physically handle it and am away from home too far. But you made me realize I can walk to the mailbox 10 times a day until I build up to walking around the block. So I did it and my neighbors think I am crazy, but that's ok they have always wondered about the big lady who lives in the house and never comes out anyhow.
    2812 days ago
  • NIKA869
    Excellent Job!!
    2812 days ago
    I would love to be able to jog someday!
    Maybe I will try too.


    2812 days ago
    Very inspiring blog post -thanks
    2812 days ago
    Thats great. You keep up the good work. It sounds to me like you have a very good attitude. Best of luck.
    2812 days ago
  • BIRD2020
    Thank you. I've been jogging lately. I go to a boot camp style fitness class 3 days a week and the fitness center is at the bottom of a hill. We walk up the hill and back down for some cardio and lately, I've been running down the hill. I heard my fat slapping together noisily...annoying! But, I love the feeling of running and I plan to do it more.

    Spark on!
    2812 days ago
    I actually just started the couch to 5k program and I have to say it is definitely baby steps.

    Congrats on doing it!!! I know that sometimes we just have to hit that wall and push through the wall to realize we deserve better than what we've given ourselves.

    Keep it up! You're doing a fantastic job!!
    2812 days ago
    You should definitely check out the Couch to 5k program! I am in week two and kind of felt the same way as you and I am now running 90 seconds at a time and it feels great! It is a definite feeling of accomplishment. 3 Bras and tight pants are the way to go!!! YOu go girl!!! Also, when I started jogging, I only did it in a park when there were very few people and just after two weeks, I really don't care what people think about a big girl running! I now go through the neighborhood, I am much too proud of myself!!!! Go for it if the urge to run is there, but use the program to ease yourself and your body! YEAH! emoticon
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    YOU GO GIRL!! emoticon emoticon
    2812 days ago
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