Friday, September 10, 2010

Introduction, part the second (even longer)

So when I left you all yesterday, I was teetering on the edge of that diet wagon again. I am sure you have been breathlessly awaiting “the rest of the story.” Get comfortable – here goes!

Thankfully, right about the time that I started to backslide, I also got a new puppy - a very, very energetic puppy, who longed and needed to be walked, so I finally got around to starting the "fit" part of my plan. I was still being very lazy about tracking my food, but with the "extra" bit of exercise, I maintained, and for awhile I was more or less ok with that. Then once again, This and That came to camp out on my couch for awhile, and the numbers on the scale started to creep back up along with that discouraged feeling that always precedes a complete tumble off the wagon.

Two things turned it around for me. One, I saw some VERY unflattering pictures of me that a friend so un-friendly-like tagged me in on Facebook (I of course promptly untagged them!), and I looked so much worse I thought I did, and (b), my fabulous new doctor put me back on my thyroid medicine and an antidepressant, which I had stubbornly stopped taking because, you know, my friend denial told me to.

Suddenly I had energy and a bright outlook to match my big plans and I decided I needed a real, concrete, achievable goal. I stumbled across something called Couch to 5K and got it in my head that I was going to run a 5k - me, who had not run a step since high school and even then, it wasn't much more than a step! Me, who is terrified of looking ridiculous in public - and in my mind a fat Mama bouncing and jiggling while red-faced and sweaty is a somewhat ridiculous sight, and everyone who saw me was going to laugh at me. But I got the idea in my head and it seemed to be there to stay, so I stomped on that stinkin’ thinkin’ and started stepping up my walks, trying to go further, faster, and more frequently to prepare myself for the actual running.

I researched a great app for my phone(*) that would take me through a 9 week training program. I bought some fancy new jog togs. I told everyone I was going to start training for a 5k. And then…well, then, internet, I admit it, I did nothing. I procrastinated. I had excuses. I'm too out of shape to run just yet. It's summer time and I am heat intolerant, so I can’t start just yet. I can’t really fit three runs a week into my schedule just yet. And and and blah blah blah so on and so forth! Well, one day I finally downloaded that great app and SUDDENLY!!! I could not WAIT to start! Why? I am somewhat embarrassed to admit this, but it got me off my butt, so what the heck…this app adds a check mark when you’ve completed a run and I LOVE checking things off, so I just had to get my first check mark!

The first week of the program, I was to run 60 seconds and then walk 90 seconds - EIGHT TIMES!!! Are you kidding me? That felt like asking someone on crutches to climb Mount Everest! I was so convinced there was no way my fat Mama butt could do that, but I got out there anyway and lo and behold, I did it! Me! On Sunday, August 15, 2010, in the sweltering heat, all jiggly and red-faced and sweaty and, apparently, raccoon-eyed (thanks for the head’s up on that one, daughter who went with me) I completed Week 1 Run 1! I was in shock. Disbelief. Was I dreaming? Hallucinating? I may or may not have done a little Rocky dance at the end of that run.

And...AND...I COULDN'T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN!!!! Who was this person? That, folks, was the moment I knew that eleventy thousand and one was the magic number, that this time, I was going to stick to it and succeed.  Not because I want it more - I've always wanted it. Not because I finally "have time," because if anything, I have less time - with a full time job, three demanding kids to keep up with, and an attempt to have a life somewhere in the mix, I am like every other Mama out there wishing for about 6 more hours in the day and an extra day in the week. No, I was no longer laying on my couch reading fitness and diet magazines and "planning" all the things I was going to do – I had taken the first step and was DOING IT.

They say that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and on that day I took my first step and because of it, one day, I know I will be able to post my thousandth mile!

To health and fitness!

*The app I am using is called Get Running and it is totally awesome. Very nice interface,very  nice lady with a fabulous British accent telling you when to walk and when to run.  I totally could not have gotten this far without this app. This one gets five stars!

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