Exercise was never my thing. Even when I lost 40 lbs in 2007, I didn't exercise. I lost the weight using the Weight Watchers points plan. Once I lost the weight, I found that maintenance was harder than losing. I was determined not to gain the weight back, but I also wanted a little more "wiggle room" in my diet. ("Wiggle room" meaning pizza, burgers, cheese fries etc...) I found that letting myself eat those things on the weekend made it so much easier to get through the week. But, in order to keep the weight off, I decided that I needed to get active. That's the balance I needed to keep, the rules I needed to follow - PERIOD.
So, last year I set a goal to complete the Couch to 5K running plan. http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml. I really was starting from the couch - this was my first try at exercising. I started training in June and finished in September. At the end of the program I was able to run 3 miles. I couldn't believe that I actually did it! I've never done anything like that before in my life. I'd always wanted to start running, but thought I couldn't do it. I credit much of my motivation to Roni over at http://www.ronisweigh.com/. I sent her an email the day I finished the program to let her know how much she has inspired and motivated me with her blog, and she posted
it: http://ronisweigh.com/2009/09/weekend-quote-so-i-tried-it-and-i-did-it.html. I was super excited!
The one thing I haven't done is to actually run a 5K race. Once the cold weather came, I discovered that I am NOT a cold weather runner. I have no problems running in humid, 90 degree heat - but I just CANNOT get my butt out the door when it's 30 degrees! I tried running on the treadmill, but it's just not the same. I was checking the time every 30 seconds - even with the TV on. So, I haven't actually run since mid-November. One of my goals for this year is to run a 5K race. Once the weather gets warmer, I WILL start running again. I'm not sure if I'll be able to go back to running 5K right away, but I've done it before and I know I can do it again.
In the meantime, last week I started doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred. http://www.amazon.com/Jillian-Michaels-30-Day-Shred/dp/B00127RAJY It's a great workout and it only takes 20 minutes. Plus, you get in strength, cardio and abs. There are 3 levels - you do each level for 10 days. I did it 4 days last week, and I plan to do the same this week. My other goal is to complete the 30 Day Shred. It will take me longer than 30 days - but that's okay! At least I'm doing SOMETHING!
I'm writing out these goals because I need to acomplish them, and seeing them in print makes them so much more real. They go from being a thought in my head to an actual statement. I WILL NOT gain the 40 lbs back! I will stay active! I need to exercise if I want to keep this maintenance going. After all, I still need to visit my "guys" every now and then ... FIVE GUYS and Papa Johns!
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