Thursday, September 22, 2011
I'm just about to celebrate my one year anniversary on Spark (9/30) and when I decided to join spark, I jumped in feet first. (Kinda like I live life.) I read and read articles, blogs, took quizes, everything I could get my hands on. I started the C25K and have since run three 5K's and am adding distance every week. I lost almost 50 lbs. (I want to say 50 because that sounds more significant than 48, so I say almost.....)
My journey started out alone and not because I wanted it to.... I had hopes that my husband and daughter would embrace my wonderful changes and jump on my bandwagon. Well, if you have a 17 year old daughter, you must be laughing about now. As wonderful of a child as she is, she is trying to control her own life now and make her own decisions. She didn't want to eat what I did and she didn't want to run. She doesn't like running. She doesn't like vegetabes. So I didn't push either of them. I kept at it and as the occasions presented themselves, I tried to throw out little tidbits of information, like Salmon is a great food to eat if you are a runner, always trying not to be pushy.
My husband saw the light in 4 months! He started out slowly though, eating the things I was eating. He didn't want to track his own food, so he just mirrored what I ate. He started eating breakfast, which he still will claim is the best change he made. And finally, I got him out to run with me!!! I love the running, but longed for a running partner. (I tried with my dog but she is just too old.) He just did his first 5K on 9/11 and has lost "almost" 50 pounds also!
My daughter started eating better over the summer and went out and bought a healthy eating cookbook and started cooking her way through it. Here's the great part..... Just 4 days ago while talking to my daughter about what we could do that day (Sunday) she said she would like to start the running but felt that I was way to advanced for her. (Can we get a silent high five here???) Trying not to act too anxious, I told her that I would do the C25K with her and that there was even IPOD applications that would help guide her through the process. (You know how kids love their digital things...) She went to the Apple Store online and found two right away. I told her to pick the one she liked best. Her IPOD trainer, Jim, now tells her when to run and when to walk and each day she completes, she gets a green button for that day. We have completed Week 1, Day 2! She struggled the first day out but breezed through the second day. She is making great food choices and drinking her water, which is why day 2 was so much easier. She has been listening even though I couldn't tell. I'm just so excited!!!