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Saturday, October 10, 2009

For anybody who didn't see my previous blog, Monday was my first day as a runner. The enormous accomplishment I felt lasted all week. (So did some random achy joints!) Tuesday is a rest day for me (it's actually quite hard for me to take the day off; it always seems like I forgot to do something) and by Tuesday night I was thinking about what activity I wanted to do on Wednesday morning.

(A side note: I'm coming to see that exercise is the most important aspect of my journey. It seems that once I've exercised, everything else falls into place. After all the hard work I put in, there's no way I'm going to mess it up with poor food choices!!)

I'm realizing more and more that I truly look forward to exercise time but only when I'm changing the routines regularly; I can't do the same thing more than a couple of days in a row. Tuesday night, the videos didn't interest me and I haven't pursued the new Wii games yet. I recalled that somewhere in the upper numbers of my cable TV was a channel called "Exercise on Demand"; what was that all about? (I have Time Warner digital cable.)

Oh, for heaven's sake!! Here it was right in front of my face all along! All kinds of opportunities! I tried different programs over the last three days. I tried some cardio dance programs (they were fun but not what I was looking for burn-wise), part 1 of Jillian Michaels 30-day Shred (I'll definitely be doing more of that), Get Ripped Total Body (wow, did I sweat!) and the one that just cracked me up, Cardioke. (You sing along while you're exercising!! How can you not have fun when you're doing this?)

This morning I was trying to decide what to do and the only thought in my head was "I want to run." It wasn't too cold out and I know that it's supposed to get colder over the next couple of day and snow is in the forecast. Yes, snow. A nasty word in my world.

OK, running is the plan. This was at 5:30 and sunrise these days isn't until 6:58. But I wanna go NOW! So by 6:00, I was out and running. (Now before the red flags start waving, do understand that this is a remote, rural area and the biggest hazard I might have encountered this morning was running into a deer. I feel very safe here.) I got outside and the thought occurred to me that it might be too dark for me to see where I was going but it was a mostly clear sky and the half-moon gave adequate light. Very pretty!

What I never thought of until I got going was that no one would be able to see me from inside their houses because it was still dark. (Or at least know for sure the identity of the crazy person that was out there.) I was free to wave my arms and do any sort of gyrations that the spirit encouraged me to do in order to keep my heart rate up. How very cool for me; I had the world to myself. It was another successful running venture; I think I could get used to this!

This week, I shared my weight-loss journey and exercise adventures with someone I knew would be supportive and interested. More on that tomorrow.

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  • LINDA0229
    This made me smile reading every word. WoooooooHoooooo!
    4118 days ago
    Another option is the FIT TV channel. They have exercise programs running pretty much all day. I like Exercise TV on Demand for the exact reason you described - opportunities to try different exercises.

    My issue right now is that I don't want to be inside, not when the leaves are so pretty as they turn color. So right now I drop in at the Y or I walk. I admire your guts in getting out and running at 5:30 in the morning. I can imagine how pretty was the moon. Keep it up girl, because now I can run vicariously through you!
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    4119 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Very cool. I'll have to check out "Exercise on Demand" too! Of course we're switching providers on Monday...

    You're doing so wonderfully. I'm glad you love running as much as I do! CONGRATS!
    4119 days ago
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    4119 days ago
    Wonderful blog! You're such an inspiration! And I totally agree with you about exercise being the most important thing. I feel EXACTLY the same way. If I exercise early in the day, then my eating tends to fall in line just right because I don't want to mess up all that hard work. Plus I just FEEL so great after working out that sugary, fatty food just loses its appeal--or maybe I don't need the comfort.
    But if I go a couple of days without working out, look out! My eating goes bad too.

    Anyway--great blog!! emoticon
    4120 days ago
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    You are an inspiration!!! I've never even tried to run and you make me want to!
    You're my hero!!!!!!!!!!
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    4120 days ago
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