Saturday, January 14, 2012
On Wednesday, the first day of BLC18, I put my money where my mouth is (or, put my booty in my sweatpants? put my feet in my running shoes??) and stopped saying "I think I want to start running, eventually" and actually s.t.a.r.t.e.d. running!
It was a big switch for me. I'm pretty protective of my knees (after watching my mom suffer with arthritis and a knee replacement), so my plan was to do low-impact exercise while I got started on this journey. That would allow me to build up my fitness and lose weight while walking and elliptical-ing, before I'd launch myself into a C25K program. I'm sure it'll be much better on my knees to take up running as a 165-pound woman, and this also has the side benefit of having let the weather cool off (summer in GA is no joke). And I'm hoping the running will be the challenge my body is needing in order to help me lose the next 20-30 pounds, which I'm sure will keep getting harder as I get closer to goal.
Well, the initial plan worked mostly as expected - the weather cooled off, I lost 40 pounds in Summer and Fall of 2011. Hoo, baby, I hope my knees are ready, because I've done enough walking - I'm ready to run! It's super-exciting to think that I'm starting this year - my last year as a 20-something - on such a healthy path. And it's really really exciting to think that by next year, when I turn the "dreaded" 3-0, I have the potential to be more physically fit, and more slender, than I've ever been in my life. Talk about "out with the old, and in with the new" - these are some spectacular changes to look forward to, and are much more important than any one number!
This is also the first birthday that I've ever NOT been single. Chris really made it a special day for me - he gave me tulips and presents, and we had dinner at a vegetarian restaurant (Cafe Sunflower) and then we made cheesecake together! Also, he took me to Medieval Times the next day (I had never been, and had always wanted to go). What a magical birthday weekend!
As for C25K, I did Week 1 Day 2 today, even though it was quite cold (for GA) - 45 degrees! I'm proud of myself for going for it. And it felt great to put on my new running shoes - I bought them on Black Friday, and have been saving them for a "reward" for when I was ready to take on C25K! Yay!