Category Archives: Exercise

Exercising is a Gift, not a Punishment

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I don’t want to view exercise as a punishment because it’s not. I think that is primarily how I view it. “Oh, I ate a doughnut. I better go run that off.” While exercise obviously helps negate the extra calories, I don’t think you should exercise “just because” you ate something bad.

I want exercise to be about taking care of my body, about knowing my body and how it works, about loving myself, about confidence. Exercise is not a punishment. It’s a gift, something I can do for myself to reap all kinds of benefits. Exercise is worth it. I’m worth it.

If I view exercise as a punishment, I’m going to dread it even more. Because after all, who wants to be punished?

Anyway, just a thought I had while running today!

My weight is being so stubborn, and I let it discourage me and derail me for two days, but that’s not going to solve anything! Thankfully it was just a two-day sulk and not a two month one. I went for my 1.2 mile run today. I completed it in 14 minutes 7 seconds… 8 seconds faster than my best… so yay!

Yesterday I ran 2.4 miles, and I think I’m going to start running 2.4 a day from now on. I can do the 1.2 “easily” (not really, but my lungs can handle it so I can do more!).

Today I’m going to run another lap, do some toning exercises, and a bit of yoga!

Good news is that while the scale is barely moving, my butt is beginning to lift some already so that is super exciting to be able to notice a small difference in just a few weeks.

Whoever you are, wherever you are… just keep going. Do what makes you happy and do what keeps you healthy. You are worth it all. 🙂

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Running Time is Getting Better!

My vacation ends tomorrow morning. I’m somewhat ready to go back to work, though it has been wonderful having these days off. I lost 5 pounds in 10 days. I really hope I can keep this momentum up!

I haven’t been meeting my goal of blogging every day, but I am meeting all of my other goals, so I’m okay with that. I’ve been active 30 minutes every day (at least). Not all intense activity, but active nonetheless. I’ve been eating good. My water intake could still be better. And I have been doing something that makes me happy every single day.

And honestly? I just feel so much better. Things are still stressful, and there’s still a lot of “unknowns” going on right now, but I just feel better. I feel more like myself. I feel more in control. And that is a very good thing!

My running time is improving as well, which is awesome! I can now run a mile in 10 minutes 56 seconds! So I’m thinking I can easily meet my goal of running a mile in under 10 minutes. I just have to keep going. My time for route around my house is 13 minutes 41 seconds. Just a few weeks ago it was 16 minutes 26 seconds.

I just need to remember (on days like today where I think I look extra fat!) that what I am doing is working. That I am making progress. That I can and AM doing this!


I can do this.

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I’ve been working on decreasing my time and increasing my endurance for running. By gosh by golly I think I am getting better! April 1st when I started running again, it took me 16 min 26 sec to run 1.2 miles. Today it took me 14 min 15 sec!

I’m not sure if my body is just getting better, or if my mind is getting better and I’m learning to ignore my negative thoughts. I suppose a combo of both. But either way, I must keep improving!

I can do this. If I can stay out of my head long enough, I know I can get this done.

By the end of the summer, I want to be able to run this same route (1.2 miles) in under 10 minutes. That’s my long term goal for running. Here soon, I’m going to begin running longer distances again, but for now, I’m just trying to focus on this specific route. I’ve also been doing 10-15 minutes of intense elliptical after each run, too.

And I got a good deal on online yoga classes for 6 months, so I will be incorporating that into my workouts some, too.

I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this!


The Time I Almost Broke Down in the Middle of the Road…

Ben and I went for a run a few days ago. I don’t know why but sometimes I can’t seem to move my legs at all. This was one of those times.

I wanted to give up, but I didn’t. The words “I can’t do it” even crossed my lips, but I ran anyway. S … L … O … W …

Ben came up behind me and put his hand on my back, pushing me forward. I had to move faster; otherwise, I would fall. So I ran faster, and I was so amazed at how fast I was running with his help. After awhile I completely forgot he was even there. I was running as fast as I do in my dreams. And it was amazing. Do you remember how it felt to learn to ride a bike for the first time? Mom or Dad or Brother or Grandma or Whoever, finally letting go of you and the bike so you could ride on your own…

It felt like that.

I could see our house a few blocks away, and I was so excited because I was running so fast and because i was going to be done running soon.

So what does Ben do? He guides me down a different road, leading me away from the end of our run. It was hard to fight back the tears. I actually wanted to stop running and fall to the ground, kicking and screaming and pouting like a child. To make it worse, Ben let go of me and ran ahead of me. My pace slowed drastically.

Here I was just a few blocks away from my house, and I felt so lost and abandoned. How silly of me, honestly. I realized how irrational I was being and decided to run faster and just deal with it. I picked up the pace, Ben came back, and I ran my fastest home, feeling more accomplished than I probably ever have.

Because sometimes we think we know where we are going, only to find we actually have no idea. We think we have it all figured out. But life throws something at us and we have to duck or turn around or venture down a different path. We don’t always get to do things how we think they should be done.

But that’s okay. Because if we stay focused, we can still get it done.

I learned something from that run, well several somethings, really.
1. I don’t always have to know where I am going because I am strong enough and smart enough to deal with it.
2. Even when I think I can’t, I have to try anyway, because more than likely I’m going to prove myself wrong.
3. Ben wasn’t abandoning me. He was doing quite the opposite, really. He was letting me figure it out on my own so I could grow from it, deal with it. Him running ahead and leaving me behind was him supporting me. Besides, he came back less than a minute later anyway! And he encouraged me all the way home.

I’ve been trying to lose weight for 20 years now. I can’t even count how many times I have failed. But I’m finally getting somewhere. This time it is different, and I couldn’t be more excited.

Keep going after your goals and dreams.  Sooner or later you are going to get it right. 🙂


I CAN RUN!

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The title should probably be: I can jog…….slowly.

But oh well 🙂

I feel like I’ve been trying to lose weight my entire life, mostly because I have been.

I’ve been following a healthy lifestyle plan that Ben and I created (one of my next posts will be about that!), which really works when I follow it!  I’ve lost 10 pounds since April, which honestly would be a lot more if I would follow it better.  But still … it’s a loss!

And what’s even more exciting is that I’ve finally gotten into running!  I’m terribly slow, but I realize I have to start somewhere.  I have to be slow before I can go fast.  I have a feeling it’s going to be worth the wait and the hard work!

My grandma passed away a few weeks ago, so I went to Indiana to visit my family.  I usually use an elliptical for my cardio and wasn’t sure how I was going to get my workouts in regularly.  My first day I decided to run a trail close by my parents’ house.  To my surprise, I ran the entire thing without stopping (1.6 miles), which took about 26 minutes.

I was there for 12 days, and I ran 8 of those days and went to the gym another day because of the rain.  One day I ran to the trail and then ran the trail twice (!) and then ran back to my parents’ house.  I ran for 49 minutes straight.

When I got back home, I went for a 5 mile run and ran it without stopping once.  It took me one hour.

I’m excited about the running because I know it’s going to help me lose weight faster!

It would have been awesome if I would have eaten really clean while in Indiana, but at least I can run now!  Oh the places I will go… I’m pretty excited.

What have you accomplished recently that you are really proud of?  How did you do it?  I would love to hear your stories of overcoming something you thought you could never do.

 


Excuses, excuses…

When it comes to finding excuses to NOT workout, I’m pretty sure no one is better than me!

Oh, it’s snowing?  Probably shouldn’t drive in case it’s icy.

What?  I have to work late?  I’ll be too tired to workout when I get home.

Crap, I just started.  Guess I have to take the week off.

I ate a cupcake?  Exercising is just a waste at this point.

Excuses, excuses, excuses.

These excuses don’t even make sense, because won’t exercising at least help negate the calories from the cupcake?  And isn’t it true that exercising actually gives you more energy and can help alleviate cramps?

All of my excuses are just silly.  I use them, because let’s face it, I’m either too lazy or too scared to meet my goals.  When you want something bad enough, you make it happen.  You don’t let little things (or big things) stand in your way.  I would always let anything I could remotely turn into a reason to not exercise get in my way.  It’s tiring.  It’s like I spend more time finding ways to get out of doing something when I could just do it and get it over with.

So that’s what I’ve been doing lately.  No excuses with working out.  Can’t make it to the gym?  Hey, I have an elliptical AT MY HOUSE!  I have weights and yoga videos and jump ropes… I really have no excuse.

Last Friday evening, I had to work late.  Usually I would use that as an excuse that I couldn’t exercise because I’d be too tired.  But I did it anyway.  I came home and jumped on the elliptical, and let me tell you, it felt great.  Not just exercising, but it felt great to overcome something I always allowed to hold me back.

Turns out that self-discipline is not only necessary, but it’s what makes you stronger, and it gives you more self-respect.  It feels good to push yourself.  Who would’ve thought?!

No more excuses.  Who’s with me? 🙂


It helps to know your ABCs when you put together an elliptical!

So I bought an elliptical this week from Amazon, and it arrived yesterday.  I contemplated buying for several months now for a few reasons:

1) I’m lazy and have a hard time committing to the gym long enough to make it worth it, so my time, energy, and money is going to waste.  And even when I do go to the gym, I usually only use an elliptical anyway.

2) Having an elliptical at my house allows me to squeeze workouts in on days when I’m super busy or snowed in!

3) I figured if I invested a lot of money into one, that I would be more likely to use it so I don’t waste my money.

My friend Ben and I put it together last night, and it took a lot longer than I expected, mostly because I apparently suck at reading directions.  Just a tip:  When you take out all the screws and washers and bolts, label them and keep them separated so you don’t get confused like I did.  I took all of them out, and I did put them in order, but as the piles began to shrink and disappear, I couldn’t remember which pile was which.

After about 3 hours of putting it together, I realized I gave him the wrong sized washers (C) instead of the right washers (A) … ugh.  So we (I mean, he) had to retrace his steps and redo it.  I felt terrible and couldn’t believe I messed up the directions, considering they were super simple to follow.  Nevertheless, I messed it up.

It sucks to fail, and sometimes I’m able to realize that I failed and that I just need to move on and do better next time.  So that’s what I’m going to do.  Next time I put something together or do something new, I’m going to make sure I know what I’m doing and that I don’t make silly mistakes that are preventable!

Anyway, the elliptical was built and ready to use in 5 hours, when it should have taken maybe 3.  I used it this morning for the first time, and it will take some getting used to because it’s so different from the gym’s, but I can tell it’s going to work great!

I bought a Nautilus E514c Elliptical Trainer for those of you who are curious.  After I use it a little more, I plan to write a review, but for now I like it and am looking forward to NOT going to the gym in this annoyingly cold weather!