I used to make excuses to stop myself from getting off of the couch. There was always tomorrow. I will get more sleep, eat better and then got off my butt to go for a walk…tomorrow. Tomorrow would be better timing.
Well, tomorrow turned into years. Years of abusing myself. Years of eating my feelings. Years of hiding food in my beside table. Years of being embarrassed of being the “fat girl”.
It sounds cliche, but this whole journey has been my tomorrow.
If you would have told me a month ago that I would love running enough to miss it on my rest days, I would have laughed at you. I honestly got up at 5:00 am last week to do my second week of Couch to 5K. Purposefully woke up at 5:00am to work out. It makes me shake my head and I’m the one doing it!
I have learned a couple of things about an early morning run.
- They city hasn’t woken up yet. There is blissful silence. Silence. Nothing.
- No one is around to see you sweat your lady parts off.
- With no one around, you can have a spontaneous Justin Timberlake dance party. Let’s just say that I am bringing Sexy Back to the streets of NW Edmonton.
- It’s not too hot and not too cold. Perfect running temperature
- It’s best to come home and jump right into the shower. It’s really hard to get off of the couch to shower after you are comfy.
- It’s a great start to the day.
I understand that I need a day off between my Couch to 5k runs, but I am getting antsy doing nothing. On my off days, I have been walking for at least 30 minutes. Exercising just feels right.
As I know, you have to mix eating right and exercise. You will be happy to know that my fridge is half full of fresh fruit and veggies and I am actually eating them before they go bad. Buying fruits and veggies isn’t just for show anymore
With all of this activity and healthy eating, you would think that pounds would be literally dropping off. They’re not. I only lost a pound and a half this week. I am trying so hard and REALLY wanted to pull of a dramatic weight loss. The funny thing is, I am starting to feel different. Stronger and maybe even *gasp* leaner.
Am I focusing on the wrong thing? Should I be focusing on losing inches instead of pounds? What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them.