Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My body is amazing (and so is yours!)

I don't mean in a "don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me" kind of way (not yet, anyway!), but that if we can just get our brains out of the way, our bodies are capable of amazing things.

On Sunday I completed week four of my C24K program. Each day last week, I had to run 3 minutes, walk a minute and a half, run 5 minutes, walk 3 minutes, and repeat. Usually I find that the first run of the week is hard, the second run is even harder, and by the third run my body is adjusting and it is easier. Last week, though, I felt like I struggled every day and was planning to repeat the same runs before moving on to week 5, which frankly scared me to death: day 1 - R5, W3 x3, day 2 - R8, W5 x2, day 3 - OMG run for 20 minutes straight!

Well, when I got to the trail tonight, I decided to go ahead and try W5R1 - how would I know I couldn't do it if I didn't try? And don't you know, apparently Nan (that's what I call my British Get Running "coach") knew something I didn't, because not only did I complete all three 5 minute runs, but I felt stronger and better than I ever have during a run - I settled into a good rhythm, comfortable pace, didn't have to constantly think about my stride and breathing, and there was no gasping or shuffling! Half the time I was running, I was doing my "visualize the 5k" thing and the other half I was in disbelief that I was actually doing it and enjoying it. I am still nervous about Sunday's 20 minute run, but I definitely have a lot more confidence in myself now!

On Sunday, I set a goal for myself to do some kind of physical activity every day. So far, so good. On Monday morning (at oh crack of dawn hundred) I did 30 minutes of aerobics (Slim in 6), on Tuesday morning, I took the dog for a brisk 30 minute walk (my goal is to eventually have him run with me, but I gotta get myself situated before I add a spastic 80 pound dog to the mix), and today my run. Tomorrow morning I plan to do my aerobics again. It's almost gotten to the point where I feel antsy if I haven't done anything on a particular day, so I'm taking that as a good sign that I am developing good habits!

On another note, I decided to cut back on my calories a bit. I originally had my goal in my Lose It! app set at 1.5 pound loss per week, but I kept getting to the end of the day with a ton of calories "left over" - and I am by no means starving myself! - and of course I was using that as an excuse to nosh my way through the evening, so I thought I would bump it up to 2 pounds a week and see how it goes. Today I put on a pair of pants that I was struggling to button a few weeks ago, and they were loose! Whoo hoo!!! I am actually looking forward to weigh in on Saturday - it's felt like a good week so fingers crossed that I can break 200!

My biggest struggle so far is trying to keep everything else in my life together as I incorporate an exercise routine into my schedule. As a single Mama (and I know that every Mama feels this way, married or otherwise), I always feel like I have too many balls in the air. Now that I've added this ball to the mix, I feel like other things are suffering. I have always put my kids' needs first and mine at the bottom of the list, so this is a big change for me and there is a lot of guilt associated with it. I know it is something I just need to keep working on, but suggestions from other Mama's who have successfully navigated these waters are much appreciated!

Off to bed now, so I can make it through my aerobics tomorrow morning!

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