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!