I used to despise running, well, anything active actually. Then I got involved in track in high school. I felt so great about myself! I loved the soreness my legs felt during and after running; I loved the feeling of sweat forming droplets on my skin. I was in my element. Then life hit me, and I let all of that go. I was overeating and stressed. I was avoiding any exercise at all costs. I always had the best excuses. Young mother, working, college, who has time to workout? For years I have witnessed myself gaining weight and becoming so out of shape that even a short flight of stairs would make me breathless.
I have my power back! I decided that being unhealthy was far more painful than waking up an hour early and working out. I decided that indulging on an entire pint of ice cream was more painful than going for a jog. I can look at myself in the mirror again, not because I am anywhere near my goal, but because I am not giving up. I can be proud of that!
Today, I finished my first week of the “Couch to 5K” training, and I am over the moon at how I rocked it. I even threw in some extra days! I have also added some squats, some crunches and leg lifts to my workout. On top of that, I am doing thirty minutes to an hour of yoga every morning before my day officially starts.
My eating has changed in the fact that I am not over-indulging. Yes, I still indulge in the occasional treat, but more than that, I am watching my portions. I think a lot of being healthy is self-control. I try not to complicate it too much. I watch my calories and drink at least 100 ounces of water a day. That is easy for me because I love water more than any other drinks! I will never drop my caloric intake to an unhealthy number because, frankly, I love food. But then again, I think we all should! 🙂
I may be new at this, but in my opinion people complicate it too much, and that is not something I’m interested in. So, I am taking it one day at a time and loving every moment!