Thursday, September 13, 2012
Well, I went and listed a ton of lofty goals for myself last month and then never came back. Whoops! I wish I could say that I have spent the last month kicking butt and taking names, but I would be lying. Instead, I spent the last month doing the bare minimum and while I haven't gained any weight, I haven't lost anything else, either.
I have been thinking about it, and how I need a partner to hold me accountable. I have started up exercising and eating healthy with a friend that wanted to lose weight, too, but we always started together at the beginning of our journeys, and one of us would start slacking, and it was too easy for the other to follow. This time I decided I needed someone that had been in it for a while, and I went to my friend Val last night. Val has been through so much in the last year and a half. She has an (almost) four year old son, and a one year old daughter. Her daughter has short-gut syndrome, and has spent much of her life in the hospital, or sick at home. (She currently has pertussis.) Anyway, back to the story...in the last 9 months Val has lost 40 pounds, and gone from a size 20 to a size 12. Amazing. She is determined and motivated, and just all around incredible. So, like I said, I went to Val last night. (I tend to ramble when I tell stories...) I told her that I wanted to have an accountability partner, and would she want to help me out. She said yes immediately. Then came my next request. I needed someone to start (and complete) Couch to 5k with me, because I've started before and never finished. Despite her already hectic schedule she immediately agreed, and we completed our first workout this morning. It wasn't bad at all, aside from some shin pain, but I feel fine now.
Last night while we were discussing when we would do our workouts, etc. I mentioned that we would be finishing the program right before Thanksgiving, and that I have always wanted to run a 5k. She said it's been a dream of hers, too, and I told her about the Turkey Trot we have here on Thanksgiving day. I have wanted to do it for YEARS. I have never signed up because I've made excuses, or waited until the last minute when we don't have the money. This year...this year is different. Because TONIGHT I REGISTERED FOR MY VERY FIRST 5K!!!!! I am so scared and excited and I just can't even believe that in 9 weeks I am going to be a week away from competing for the first time. I don't have high hopes for my first 5k. I would love to run the whole thing, but mainly, I just want to finish. Now I can't quit. Val is going to register tomorrow, and we are going to do it together. I can't even believe that I did this.