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Starting again for the 2348160975th time!

Monday, March 04, 2013

I bought new expensive running shoes in January, then joined Planet Fitness, bought new headphones, updated my iPod playlist...and went running once. I haven't set foot in Planet Fitness (and will probably cancel my membership) but that's OK. For once, I've decided to take baby steps instead of jumping in head first...and it's working.

I started by quitting smoking. I've been doing pretty well with that other than a couple minor slip-ups. Then I started changing my eating habits. That's still a work in progress, but I'm trying to be really mindful of what I eat and how it makes me feel. Finally, today, I went for a run. The soldiers I work with used to do PT during work hours (which I cannot do) but they've now switched the time to 6:30 AM, which I CAN do! It really helps knowing that people are "waiting for me" at the gym...it keeps me accountable - I know if I don't show up, I'll hear about it all day!
I think I started my run a little too enthusiastically. When I got to the first hill, I couldn't breathe and felt like I was going to throw up. So I slowed down and walked. Started jogging again and I got a stitch in my side (which I am told means I need to drink more water). So I just kept walking as fast as I could, then jogging until my side hurt. I ended up tossing my water bottle on the side of the road because it was a PITA to carry (which my friends told me when I showed up with it. LOL) but I went back and picked it up later. I took the route that the soldiers took and I shortened it. They did 5K, I did a mile and a half. And even though I was disappointed that I couldn't run more, I felt great knowing I took the first step and that I'm going to keep at it every day.

When I came to work, I got on the scale (which I haven't done in a couple weeks), and I was down 2 lbs. to 236. I have a long way to go, but if I lose 2 lbs. a week, I can make my goal weight in a little under a year. I'm not giving myself a deadline this time, I'm just going to take it as it comes.
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REVSERENA 3/8/2013 8:21AM

    Awesome!
Having people who expect you to show up is a great motivator. A mile and a half, with hills, is a great start!
Congratulations!

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LESLEE33 3/4/2013 11:38AM

    Everyone is different, and has to find what works for them. Its great that you have found a great group of people to motivate you and to keep you accountable, You can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRUFFLES32 3/4/2013 11:33AM

    I think it's great that you decided to slow down on the hill. I haven't jogged/run for about 6 months now and I am starting again this week. I am a heavier runner, too. Clydesdale division! LOL! I remember that the trick last time was to plan a certain distance and then do it at a challenging pace for me. Each time I went that distance I got a little better. I just measured my success by whether or not I made the distance and then tried to up my pace a little each week. I hope you have a good week! Don't get discouraged if others run past you! They are doing what is challenging for them and have been where you are. Plus they only have to propel their skinny little bodies! Running is a journey.....Hope I make it through the journey this week! emoticon

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BIGBEAROHYEAH 3/4/2013 11:25AM

    Great job! Working out with other people is what is helping me tay accontable as well. Like you said baby steps

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