Saturday, February 04, 2012
OK. I feel really good today.
I'd become a blob. I was to the point where I didn't move any extra muscles because that would have reminded me of how out-of-shape I had become. My belly was un-suckable. Sad. I felt like a sad mess.
I've been exercising every day since the first of the year and I am beginning to wonder why everyone doesn't make this an extremely high priority. I mean... I feel so much better now!!! I've noticed a lot of nice changes just from 60 minutes of daily aerobic activity (30 minutes of walking!? hello!! Plus 30 minutes... or so... of jogging/walking as prescribed by my "Couch to 5K" plan 3 days/week).
For one, I am quicker on my feet. I am able to run up 3 flights of stairs without a thought. I find myself stretching for pleasure instead of a dreaded assignment. I think of the morning's run or walk as something I get to do instead of something I wish I didn't know I should be doing. I look forward to mornings now! How weird is that!!!?
I've been getting up in the wee small hours... 4:50am, before anyone else even has to get up to pee. I get out of bed and drink water and take my vitamins. I get into my "gear" (ugly t-shirt and old sweat pants) and stretch, enjoying every muscle I encounter. I look up Sparkpeople and spin the wheel, look up my Active.com assignment (Couch to 5K running program... very similar to the Sparkpeople plan, but I'd started it before I resumed Sparkpeople this time!) and I turn on my treadmill and my Kindle. At the very least, I walk 30 minutes at a 15/minute mile pace (on the days I work) or 30 minutes of my 5K training program + 30 minutes of additional walking. I play with the incline feature and adjust the speed to keep it challenging. I drink lots of water. I read my book-- all before anyone even hits their snooze alarm!! 5 days per week, I end up with 60 minutes of fitness to record!! The other 2 days I have 30 minutes to count (I only work weekends).
Accomplishing so much in the early morning hours has freed me. I know I've done the essentials for myself. I am taken care of. When I get my shower, I feel like I've earned it!! If I get a sunny day with time in the afternoon, I can add a walk on the bike trail or even another run. Why not? Putting myself first on my list makes me feel worthy of more time. I feel good! I'm strong again because my health and fitness have become priority ONE. It's amazing what a shift in priorities can do.
Thanks to Sparkpeople.com for making the accounting possible. I am now accountable to ME. I am defining myself as a fit person. Who'da thunk it? lol! I've found my waist again. My muscles are familiar parts that I actually like. My thighs don't embarrass me. My hips are shrinking into proportion with all the rest. I have no joint pain what-so-ever. My wardrobe presents no "too little hip coverage" type-problems. I'm 52 years old, but feel like 39 again... starting to see the unwanted "love handles" melt... for the LAST TIME!!
Inside I knew there was another chance left for me. I just had to start again and give it a serious shot. I only had to take a few intentional steps onto our treadmill and a few purposeful steps outside the door to call myself a runner again. Anyone can actually be a runner by doing that! If I can do it, seriously-- anyone can! I actually ran 2 miles straight this week. Superwoman? No... but she can't touch this feeling!! I'm super... me. Again!!