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Don't Say I Can't Before You Try

Friday, January 31, 2014

This is the lesson that has been brought home to me this week. Each week of the Rookie 5K training program, my first thought when I look at the plan for the week was "I can't or I don't think I can do that." But I tried it any way. I figured the worse thing that could happen was I ended up walking most of the session and fast walking is exercise too.

I'm so glad I tried first. Why? Because I've been able to do every session. Yes, it's hard. Yes, I'm slow. Who cares? I'm doing it.

Today, I not only completed the 30 minute session walking two minutes, jogging three and repeating for 6 total intervals, but I once again kept walking afterwards until I'd done 5K--outside, on the road. I tell you this not to brag, but to show how amazing I'm finding what I can do when I try and when I work up to it.

I've been on this lifestyle change journey for 6 months now and it has been and continues to be a wonderful experience. Not because I'm good at everything I try or even succeed at everything I try, but because over these six months I've seen progress not just in losing weight, but in my increased fitness, stamina and energy.

If anyone had told me six months ago, that I'd be out there on the road jogging and training for a 5K, I'd have said they were nuts. If anyone had told me that for six months I would keep to my strength training program at least twice a week for each major area of the body and be doing 70,000 steps a week including at least 30-45 minutes of cardio 3-5 times a week, I would have said, sure that would be nice, but I doubt I'd keep it up that long. If anyone had told me how good I'd feel, how my new routine had become habits I did without thinking and enjoyed, I would have wondered what they'd been smoking.

And I would have been wrong. I have done and am doing all of that. And it is only because I decided to try and because I kept working at it once I'd begun.

I have no idea what I'm going to be trying next, but I'm looking forward to finding out. I can't wait to see where the next six months of the journey leads me.
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