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5k your way

Friday, February 22, 2013

I have never done a 5k before! I use to work out on and off over the years, but two years ago I had a total abdominal hysterectomy and had a very difficult recovery! I attribute the difficult recovery to me being over weight. It took one year for my wound to fully heal. Over the last two years my physical activity has been little to none.

This past Christmas I actually looked at pictures of me, which I have avoided in the past, and was in shock and cried at how big I am. January 1st I chose one healthy goal and stuck to it, cutting out 99% of the diet soda I drank (it was my only choice of beverage for the last year) and drinking more water. My goal for February was to start exercising again. I mostly like to walk on the treadmill. I put on my headphones, listen to the music, and walk all my worries away. As we are approaching the end of February I have not lost a lot of weight and I had the horrible cold (fever, coughing, no voice, very tired) for over a week and am just now feeling totally better.

I was praying for myself, that I would not give up on myself again, and get healthy this time. I then signed on to Facebook and was notified that The Biggest Loser is coming to my town to do the Biggest Loser walk. I felt it was the answer I have been looking for! It is something solid to work towards. It is for all fitness levels and no time limit on when you finish. You have to pay a registration fee between $25 and $40 (for the 5k) depending on when you sign up. I felt guilty about the money at first BUT I never spend money on myself and told myself I deserve this! I always take care of the household expenses and my son first. Then if there was any money left over I would think of myself, usually there is no money left over, hence never doing anything for myself. So this is a treat to myself and a healthy one at that!!! :)

I am hoping the 5k your way program keeps me on track and gets me ready for the Biggest Loser walk in June. I will be starting it on Monday, so my rest day is always on a Sunday. Until Monday I will just do my normal walking on the treadmill.

Until Next Time,

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  • COREY04
    There is no need to worry about speed. I would just come for the support.
    1939 days ago
    Cud333, I do not want to give up on myself this time. Every time in the past I have. But that picture of me from Christmas made me realize how dire it is for me to be healthy, my 10 yr old son deserves that!! I would love a walking Buddy!!! Right now my pace is very slow but my goal is to be able double my speed by June 9th. I know I will be the back of the pack crossing the finish line BUT I will finish, :). Thank you for being so kind to someone you do not even know!!!

    Sue5007, thank you for reading my blog, :). I have written down your advice and will remind myself of it as I am training, I do not want shin splints. I also think I will be repeating a few weeks on the training plan. Based on my practice tries this past weekend! I am not sure how long it will take me to finish, and even if I am the last person, I will finish. Thank you for the good luck, :).

    emoticon here I come!!!
    1942 days ago
  • COREY04
    Please never give up on yourself. If you need a buddy I will drive up and walk with you. I know looking at pictures can be painful, but the journey is truly the destination. All those things we perceive as obstacles are really part of our journey.
    You will get there step by step. In the meantime, please remember to love every day, because you only have one chance to live it.
    I have virtual sticky notes on my computer: One of them says: "What are you going to do to make incredible?"

    I hope you have an incredible day. emoticon
    1944 days ago
  • SUE5007
    Nice! You might get nervous but there will be a lot of excitement that day. Pick someone ahead of you and try to stick with them, or beat them.

    Take your time training. If you can't go as "fast" as the program says, then repeat a workout or two. Go slow when you're jogging, like baby steps, start with a short stride and keep your feet underneath you when striking the ground or you will get shin splints. Do some strength training on your non-run days (especially for your legs) even if you just do 50 squats a day.

    Don't worry about your how long it takes, and be proud of any improvement you make no matter how small.

    You may have easy days, and you will have days that for no apparent reason are hard. Don't fret, the hard days are the ones that will change you, strengthen you and they always lead to a good day.

    Good luck!
    1944 days ago
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