Today was my first day to start the Couch to 5K program. More than anything, I wanted to see what my body could do. I used to be very active, doing a lot of hiking and biking and was very strong, lean, and muscular. I want to get back to that part of me. I want to be the bada$$ I once was, able to do rock climbing, running, biking, dancing, swimming, kickboxing, and everything else I used to be able to do. I know that it will take time. It took about 7 years to put this weight on and get this out of shape, I will not be able to just snap out of it and be magnificent once again.
I was somewhat disappointed that I only made it halfway through my goal of running one minute, walking 2, and repeating 7 times. I was only able to run 3 times, but did finish out walking at a good pace and ended up with 1.5 miles in 40 minutes. I am still very proud of myself because I stuck with it even though I thought my legs would fall off. My motto for about 8 years has been "I do not run unless I am being chased with a weapon". I ran for a total of 3 minutes today, which is a miracle in itself. Now that I know where my body is, how it likes to move (or doesn't like to), I can adjust my program. I need to accommodate my knee injury and go a little slower than planned. My gait is different and I over-pronate with already wide flat feet, so I need to be careful when increasing speed and intensity. I will only be doing the run/walk twice a week while walking or water walking other days to get used to being active again.
I am also getting back into bellydance which is a great core workout and I love doing. Adding in the occasional Wii dance program, jumping rope, Zumba, and Tae Bo, I hope to increase my strength and endurance. This will take me a lot longer than I originally planned, but it will be worth it to see and feel my body morph back into the amazing machine it once was.
Diet is the hardest for me to follow, so I have made salads for every day of the work week. I am hoping they will last and not be gross or soggy. I have used some ideas I got from Pinterest on how to keep the lettuce crisp, I hope it works! Now for portion control and staying consistent.
As a side note, I told my best friend what I was doing (I decided after midnight last night and started today, no time like the present!). She said she was so proud and that she could not believe I was starting a program that included running because she knows how much I am against it. When she told her dad, he actually cried and said I was an inspiration to him! Wow! I just want to be totally healthy and awesome again, and took action instead of procrastinating. I have already touched two people as a result! That is amazing to me. I hope that I will be able to inspire others in the future. Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement. If it weren't for you, I would not have had the courage to even consider doing this, let alone actually starting it.