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Ran First CONTINUOUS MILE, Plus a second mile with some walking!

Sunday, September 01, 2013

I started adding running about 2 weeks ago, and I was happy that I could make a lap. Last week, a colleague of mine was at the gym, and we were talking while I was running a lap. I was too vain to stop running at the lap mark, so I kept going while we talked. When he left, I was impressed that I had made it through half a mile. I pushed myself to run 3 half miles that day with one lap of walking in between. So, my plan for this week was to run three laps in a row, but once I made it past three, I realized that it was getting easier, so I pushed through to 4! So, I have now run my FIRST CONTINUOUS MILE since high school (more than 20 years ago) , which feels really good. After I made it through a mile, I decided to walk one, then run two then walk one, then run two....for a distance of two miles running and 4 miles total.

This made up for not losing weight this week! I am back at work, so I expected the weight loss to slow down until I settle into some healthy routines. This week, I focused on packing lunches everyday and making time to exercise after work. It is a struggle because I commute an hour each way. Also, the beginning of the school year is hectic, so there is added stress that will become more manageable later in the year. I hope I can eventually find some ways to work exercise into my workday, and I am trying to be conscious of standing up and walking around more when I teach. I even have the kids out of their seat moving around more than I did in the past, which they seem to enjoy.

So, now that I am making better choices and am not so concerned about what the the scale says, I am faced with another vanity problem: BOOBS! Before I lost this weight, my boobs were bigger than my stomach. I am really happy with how my legs look, but my stomach (although smaller) is now sticking out farther than my boobs. This is frustrating, and I am trying to ignore it, but I would be really happy if I could stop losing weight from my butt and boobs and just lose this annoying middle. Just saying.....

Wow! I never thought I would say this, but running really puts me in a good mood! I think the key was that I took it slow! I feel great, and I am looking forward to taking it on the road once I build up my endurance at the gym!
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PDQ1203 9/2/2013 10:06AM

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/1/2013 10:34AM

    emoticon Great job with the running and finding the positive in other things besides the scale!

That weight will come off where you want it with continued work and time. As annoying as it can be, it sounds like you are doing a great job not letting it slow you down!

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TDH0011 9/1/2013 7:42AM

  I have found that running is the best way to lose the weight. Good for you! Keep it up. I too struggle with my kids, work finding workout time for myself, etc. nice to hear someone else's similar story!!

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WRITINGRUNNER 9/1/2013 7:34AM

    emoticon Well done. It really does get addictive!

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