mark. set. go.

I’m not sure I’ve ever posted about diet and fitness here on this little ol’ blog of mine. See, I come from a long line of “keep it to yourself” sort of folks, and sometimes its hard for me to be transparent about certain things.

But I think I’m going to branch out and try something new. Deep breath…

Of late I’ve been feeling sluggish and unmotivated and even a bit ambivalent to the whole idea of watching my weight and exercising.

I mean, I don’t have horrible eating habits. I only drink alcohol on rare occasions, and Husband and I walk several times a week. But I’ve slowly creeped up to a weight I dont want to be and I just feel…icky. It was definitely time to step it up a notch.

Truth be told, I was technically cleared to run again about 6 months ago, after my cervical fusion surgery last year, but I just couldn’t do it. Mentally, that is. And since running is just as much a mental exercise as a physical one, it didn’t go so well. The thought of the impact on my newly fused vertebrae just creeped me out a little bit.

But I’m over that now and know that the health benefits of running far outweigh the fears. For me its the best bang for the buck when it comes to fitness. And I’m all about maximizing my time whenever I can.

I’ve been chatting with a couple of friends and reading Mama Laughlin (she is hilarious and real and inspiring…you should check her out) and was inspired to start the Couch to 5K training program again. I just started, and why I would consider such a thing when its eleventy billion degrees outside is beyond me. I must be ready…

I’ve also been changing some eating habits as well. My philosophy has, and always will be, all things in moderation and using common sense. The knowledge isn’t my problem…its the follow through and stick-to-itive-ness. Can I get an ‘Amen’? I needed to make healthier choices, for sure, but I’m a firm believer in portion control and not denying yourself of everything “naughty”. That’s just a recipe for failure…at least for me.

I would be lying if I said loosing weight wasnt one of the main reasons I felt the need to run again. I’m not too worried about that part, though. I know if I’m getting fit and healthier that it will just naturally happen. But I do have a goal weight in mind and checking the scale occasionally is a good way to track progress.

So in the spirit of self disclosure I’ve decided to share my progress here each week. And I need your help. I’m not really asking you to comment or send encouraging messages (though you’re very welcome to! ;)). I just need you to be there, I guess. I need to know that I’ve got accountability to you, my readers.

Here’s the dealio. Each week I’ll update you on my C25K progress, how I’m doing physically, what I’m learning, and post an occasional “during” picture. But I’m not sure I want to post any numbers just yet (I’m a private girl…remember?) but given my height (5’3″) and my frame (smallish), my goal weight is right in the middle of most BMI charts.

So, here goes nothin. Thanks for being there to keep me accountable. Next week…a before pic (yikes!).

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Comments

    • Thanks Laura! I think its so helpful knowing others are with you and support you. Good luck to you too! Look forward to hearing about your progress too!

  1. You go girl! Once I hit the big 40, I did the same thing. It took me 14 months, but I finally dropped the 35 pounds that had been slowly creeping on after college. Weight Watchers was my plan choice, but really it’s a lifestyle change and not a diet that must take over. Take it slowly and don’t give up when you don’t see progress on the scale. You’ll get there, too. :)

    • Thanks Carol! I need to hear the “dont give up when you don’t see the progress on the scale” part. That’s my biggest obstacle. I want it now!! That’s so awesome that you met your goal! Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. So proud of you! Getting started is always the hardest (at least for me). ;)

    I’ve been running a mile here and there, but I know I need to “up my game” now. What time of day are you running? Do you run at your house or elsewhere? If you’d be open to driving to my neighborhood once or twice or thrice a week, we could go together.

    • Didnt I JUST tell you I was done running? ;) I guess I cant stay away. But its going really well! Im only week 2 of C25K but it feels great. Let me work up a few more weeks before I try to keep up with you…I’d love to come to your hood! ;)

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