Sunday, January 27, 2013
I am committing to going to the gym tomorrow and getting on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes. I paid close attention to that pulled muscle while I was out walking today, and it only started to twinge after 40 minutes... and that was on an uneven surface. So, I am going to try it. I will be paying attention though, and listening to my body. If I am still good at 30 minutes, then I will probably aim for 45 minutes total with warm up and cool down.
I used to ignore pretty much all the signals my body was sending. The disconnect between my mind and body was significant. I ate to satisfy an emotional need, or out of boredom, not hunger. I was so unhappy with my body that I allowed myself to slide farther and farther downhill with my health. I didn't love any part of myself, and that was reflected in a lack of respect. That might be one of the biggest changes of the last 20 months... self respect. I actually have some now. Even if it is just self respect for my physical abilities, that is still more self respect than I had before. So, running a 5k is NOT just about running. It is also about proving to myself that I am capable of seemingly impossible things. Twenty months ago when I finally embraced this lifestyle change I was impressed when I managed to walk a 5k in an hour and a half. If you asked me then whether I would be able to run a 5k in 36 minutes in less than two years I would have just laughed at you. Now it is a reality. How cool is that?!
It was my mom's 65th birthday party today. We had a late lunch. We had salmon, steamed broccoli, carrots and corn, a big salad, rice, and a big fruit salad for dessert. There were little meatballs too, but I gave most of mine to Cooper.
Wish me a good run at the gym tomorrow!