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I'm not saying I gave up... But I gave up.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Ok, so that blog title doesn't exactly explain it, but allow me. As most of you know, I've been working on C25K, and for the most part I was doing really well. Then Week 4 day 1 happened, and I learned something about my body. At 238 pounds on a 5'4 frame, running for that long HURT. Badly. I gave it a go twice. I was able to complete the workout, but I caught myself doing something dangerous: running through pain. Somehow I talked myself into being ok with that for the first workout. When I did it the second time, that common-sense light bulb turned on and I realized that if I kept up this way, I would quit. Nobody likes to feel pain. Especially in your legs while you're running. So I "quit" C25K... for now.

Now this is not to say that I have given up altogether. I've made the decision to focus on getting my weight down to 200lbs and then reboot C25K. I know I can do it mentally. But physically is an entirely different story. Rather than risk injury and putting myself out of the game for god-knows-how-long, I'm looking into some other alternatives.

This week I went for 2 walks with my new puppy. He's still young, so he doesn't last too long, but he makes it. And I felt great! I also ordered DDPYoga, which is changing lives every where, and if you haven't seen the video of Arthur Boorman, you NEED to. He is so inspiring and really makes you take a look at what motivates you. Here is the link to the video on YouTube:
I'll update when I start doing the workouts.

So maybe my "give-up" is not so much quitting, but redirecting my goals. I know what I am capable of mentally and physically. I know that I don't want to weigh this much anymore.

So really, I will never, EVER, give up :)

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    Great job! I'm proud of you for not giving up! It's so easy to throw in the towel when things don't happen the way you planned. I went through a similar thing last year and just quit completely and now I'm struggling to get back to where I started 2 years ago. You can and will do this!! emoticon
    2258 days ago
    Oh yes, most definitely, Scotmama. Doc told me to trust my body. I've actually been having more success just walking (Down 2.5lbs this week), as crazy as that may seem. It's going to be another beautiful day here in Tulsa, so I'm looking forward to getting out for a walk with my kids and the dog.
    2265 days ago
    I think you did the right thing -- that's why they talk about "baby steps." When you are in the over 200-lb. category I cannot believe running for any distance would be a good thing for your body.

    Did you check with your doctor on all this intense exercise? Hope so.
    2265 days ago
    Thanks everyone for the kind words. Sometimes it feels like quitting doing the right thing, but I feel pretty confident in my decision :)

    I will definitely blog about it once I get started on DDPYoga. I'm stalking my mailman for the package today!!!
    2266 days ago
  • ARW715
    You did the right thing. Any time you listen to your body and make a decision in its best interest, it is the right thing.

    BTW, I started doing yoga in November and I love it. For me, yoga is the best no impact alternative and I get a full body workout. I haven't tried DDP yoga, let us know how you like it.
    2266 days ago
    Wow...I just watched that video. emoticon
    2266 days ago
    I think you are smart for listening to your body and re-focusing. I am sending you positive vibes to help you find another goal to help keep you on track.
    2266 days ago
    you are very wise... good decision to back off and re-evaluate... yup.. and you haven't given up.. just moved on to other avenues! you will get there!!
    2266 days ago
    2266 days ago
    You haven't given up, but rather, reevaluated your goal. You are correct to get your weight down first prior to doing C25K. Less pressure on your feet. A tip someone gave me "no one ever got hurt by going slow". Perhaps you need to take it down to a very slow pace, build up a base and then try your C25K

    Good luck and never ever run through pain! It is your body telling you something important that you need to listen to!

    Keep working out, it will all come together in the end
    2266 days ago
  • LADYJ6942
    Glad to hear that light bulb came on before it was too late. Sometimes those programs have to be scaled back to fit your needs but it sounds like you've got a great plan. Keep on pushing!!!
    2266 days ago
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