I’m in Shape. Round is a Shape.

After I dropped Josh off at work today, Nellie and I had a little breakfast at home while waiting for the sun to come up. Once it was light out, we hit a nearby walking track.

As I walked, one foot in front of the other, my knees ached. My shins hurt. My leg muscles groaned in protest and I realized just how miserably out of shape I have gotten. As I pushed Nellie up a slight incline in the track (and I do mean slight), I found it harder to breathe. And I realized even further just how out of shape I’ve let myself become. I used to be able to take an hour-long power aerobics class and only be somewhat out of breath. I reached my goal of running a mile about three years ago and now?

Walking makes me tired.

This is not okay.

We walked for about 30 minutes this morning, time which is usually spent letting Nellie crawl about the living room while I check my e-mail in the morning. I’ve decided to use the time that I have in between getting home from dropping Josh off and having to get ready for work more wisely: I’m going to take walks with Nellie during those 30 (or so) minutes. I’m not going to make any big promises to myself because I have continually let myself down when it comes to fitness and losing weight.. But this I can keep. I have to keep this. Because huffing and puffing when I push my kid up a slight incline isn’t acceptable. I’m 27 years old. My knees shouldn’t ache and pop when I walk and the muscles in my legs should be strong.. Not weak from sitting in a chair all day at work.

One foot in front of the other. One step at a time. I’ve gotta get my body back.



  1. I’m rooting you on…I’m in the same boat so I’m hoping rooting you on will encourage me. :)

  2. You can do it! I completely agree, I even went so far as to buy the P90 system… and got winded doing the warmup! Prebaby, I was doing yoga and running miles and lifting weights… and now I get winded stretching?! Not cool. You ( and that) are inspiring me!

  3. You can do it, it's hard but it will be totally worth it!

  4. That was my turning point too. Now me and Jensen walk 30 minutes to an hour every nice day here in Oregon, and I plan to walk with him every day in Louisiana since they rarely have "bad" weather days. Unless you consider too much heat bad weather lol. Then that happens a lot.

  5. exersiceing is hard, finding time… even harder… But, someone once told me that it takes 21 days to create a habit – so stick it out and before you know it you will be thinking walking isnt enough anymore….
    And before you tell me that its easier said than done…. 4 years ago i was like you, i struggled to get out of bed early and going for a walk – no not me… but now i get up at 5am each morning & head to the gym…. & all because i stuck it out for those 21 days… Trust me, it really does take 21 days to form a habit – im on day 10 of being dairy free, and already i dont even look for the milk when i have my morning coffee…

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