After a Month of Silence…

It feels kind of weird blogging after almost a month of silence. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to talk about – by all means, I should really be writing something pretty much every other day – it’s just that I haven’t really felt like it.

I have been busy. I am going to the gym almost 5 days a week. When I leave work, I go before I head to Nellie’s daycare to scoop her up. Three days a week I do Couch to 5k and crunches/arm exercises and the other two days I usually do the elliptical machine. It’s funny, I’ve always hated running but since I started seriously getting into C25k, I have found myself actually looking forward to it. Once I got past the pain in my legs the first week and a half, I found my rhythm and my stride and kind of morbidly enjoy killing myself on the treadmill. I’m on Week 4 now, which alternates 3 minutes of jogging/2 minutes walking with 5 minutes of jogging and 90 seconds of walking…. I think… All I know is the first time I tried I quit after the first 5 minute run, because I thought I was going to throw up. I felt nauseated for a half an hour afterward. But on my second attempt, I did it. My shins are a little achey so I’m taking the weekend off and will start day 2 on Monday.

I’m down 11 pounds so far since beginning counting calories on December 17th, and joining a gym on January 15th. It’s a little slower than I’d like (even though it evens out to about a pound a week) and I have to keep reminding myself that I’m not in any hurry to lose this weight. It is frustrating to be busting my ass and still not be seeing huge results in the way my clothes fit yet. I have to keep reminding myself that in the past, it’s been more like 15 pounds when I begin seeing a difference on my body. Now, I can tell a difference in the way I feel. I have been sleeping better, can play harder with Nellie, and don’t feel like I’m about to drop dead when I haul her around. Yay!

My heart isn’t really in this post so I’ll end it here. I have more to say – last weekend I made an impromptu solo trip to Chicago to see my family so there’s a lot to tell about that – but I’m not really feeling it right now.

Comments

  1. Hey! I was wondering where you were? Sometimes, life just gets in the way of blogging. And that’s ok! Understand about couch 2 5K, I’m getting ready to start AGAIN! I know I’ll hate it at first, but by week 3 I love it!!

  2. Welcome to running!

    Watch your shin pain, it may be an indication of pronation, but there are some great running shoes out there to help with that. And even though when you begin to identify yourself as a “runner” is a personal decision, in my book when you begin to enjoy killing yourself as you run, you’ve definitely made it.

    Congrats on conquering that run and finding your rhythm!

  3. 15 pounds is awesome! Don’t lose sight of how much that is. Feeling good, having more energy, and enjoying the workout are all awesome rewards.

  4. Keep up the good work! 11 pounds is nothing to scoff at :)
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  5. Life happens. And actually REAL life is a priority. Blogging and a host of other stuff fall way below that. That’s awesome that you’re doing so well with your new health regimen! Wow — 11 pounds and going…Keep us posted!

    I was to start running and walking again on March 1 and haven’t. I’ve continued to be lazy, and I have no-one to blame but myself. At least today begins a new week. If the weather cooperates, I’ll attempt to get going. (I hate exercising at home indoors, BTW, and the first sight of rain or snow or freezing temps, the exercise routine suffers.) The hardest part is always starting (again).
    Brainy Pint Sizer recently posted..Listen to your inner voice. Whatever you do — listen, but most of all, act accordingly. A lesson learned. (Long Post)

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