Monday, August 20, 2012
So, yesterday, I paid $30 and signed up for a 5K run on November 16. I'm not sure what possessed me to do that. I'm out of shape and overweight. But I'm excited. I have just under three months to prepare. I decided to use the Couch to 5K program to help me get in shape and build up my stamina and endurance.
I did Week 1 Day 1 today. I decided to do it outside. I've started the C25K program twice in the past, and always used a treadmill (except when I was on vacation). However, my theory is that a treadmill is somewhat easier than running outside. Since the 5K is going to be outside, I decided to run outside so that I'm used to it. So, I drank a green smoothie, tied up my (old and hardly used) running shoes, and I was off. It was hard. I mean HARD. Wow. I often do a 30 minute walk at a pace of a 20-minute mile. It's not at all hard, but it does get my heart rate up. This morning I added in 8 jogging segments of 1 minute each. My average pace was a 16-minute mile, so it was faster, but not a lot faster. But it felt so much harder!! Wheezing, chest burning, crazy thirst, headache. And then when I was done I felt pyschiologically amazing. When I came back in the house, I wanted water. NOW!!! I poured cold water into my 3-cup Starbucks cup, and hopped in the shower. I even brought the water into the shower LOL. I drank all three cups!! After my shower, I had a breakfast of whole wheat toast with almond butter and cherries. I plan to follow the C25K program and walk/run/jog 3 times a week; as well as adding in swimming, walking, cycling, maybe elliptical, and weight training. I hope to get up to 300 minutes/week of exercise. I started with a goal of 100 minutes, and slowly increasing it every week. My goal for this week is 180 minutes.
I often get discouraged about where I am, how out of shape I am, and how slowly things seems to be moving. I'm very impatient. I want results now. But I have to remember something. Today is 10 weeks since I had my surgery. Only 10 weeks ago today at this time, I was 203 pounds, and under anesthetic as the surgeons were digging into my brain!!!! By the grace of God, I've come a LONG way! My nerve function (eating, swallowing, speaking, etc.) has improved a lot. My physical strength has improved a lot. I've lost 22 pounds. My parents and I have switched over to a vegan lifestyle and started incorporating juicing into our diet. I've been exercising and have begun training for a 5K. I have a job, and am even being promoted.
I had so many verses and promises of healing before my surgery. I though God was going to heal my tumor so that I wouldn't have to have surgery. That's not what He did. It was hard, but God is God, and His ways are so much above our ways. He doesn't ask me to always understand what He does, only to believe Him. However, my whole experience of being in the hospital made me want to NEVER have to go through something like that again because I didn't take care of my body. They don't know what caused my tumor, but most likely it had nothing to do with my lifestyle choices. It was a hard time, but I knew that I didn't put myself in the hospital. But I NEVER want to be lying in a hospital bed one day and realizing it was my poor eating and exercise habits that put me there. Along with this determination to be healthier, God led me to several health movies. He gave me the strength, desire, and time to truly make a lifestyle change. So, in a sense, God IS healing me. He's healing me from unhealthy relationships with food. And He's teaching to how to have a truly healthy lifestyle. I attribute this all to God because I've tried and tried before with no or limited success. But this time, everything just fell into place and happened beautifully. :)