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Making a committment...

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I am committing to going to the gym tomorrow and getting on the treadmill for at least 30 minutes. I paid close attention to that pulled muscle while I was out walking today, and it only started to twinge after 40 minutes... and that was on an uneven surface. So, I am going to try it. I will be paying attention though, and listening to my body. If I am still good at 30 minutes, then I will probably aim for 45 minutes total with warm up and cool down.

I used to ignore pretty much all the signals my body was sending. The disconnect between my mind and body was significant. I ate to satisfy an emotional need, or out of boredom, not hunger. I was so unhappy with my body that I allowed myself to slide farther and farther downhill with my health. I didn't love any part of myself, and that was reflected in a lack of respect. That might be one of the biggest changes of the last 20 months... self respect. I actually have some now. Even if it is just self respect for my physical abilities, that is still more self respect than I had before. So, running a 5k is NOT just about running. It is also about proving to myself that I am capable of seemingly impossible things. Twenty months ago when I finally embraced this lifestyle change I was impressed when I managed to walk a 5k in an hour and a half. If you asked me then whether I would be able to run a 5k in 36 minutes in less than two years I would have just laughed at you. Now it is a reality. How cool is that?!

It was my mom's 65th birthday party today. We had a late lunch. We had salmon, steamed broccoli, carrots and corn, a big salad, rice, and a big fruit salad for dessert. There were little meatballs too, but I gave most of mine to Cooper.

Wish me a good run at the gym tomorrow!
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    Sending you good ju-ju for the gym! I know you can do it.

    And you are so deserving of self love and self respect. Don't ever forget it.
    1912 days ago
    I hope you have fun on your run at the gym!

    1912 days ago
  • FARRAH511
    Hope you have a great run!

    - Farrah
    1912 days ago
    You are doing great! You'll be fine on the treadmill today. Keep it up!
    1912 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Glad to see you joined the team! Have a great treadmill workout! So important to listen to our bodies; those twinges can add up to serious injuries!

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    1912 days ago
    May your run be everything you wanted it to be, Leslie!
    1913 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Good luck on the treadmill tomorrow. . . You are so right about the self respect, and the commitment. Only when you gain the self respect you so deserve will the commitment follow. . .You have indeed made tremendous strides and progress! emoticon
    1913 days ago
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