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Friday, September 12, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
So glad that I had a love affair with running yesterday. So glad mostly because today was not wonderful. It wasn't horrible, but it was hard. Even the promise of listening to the next exciting part of my audio book wasn't a super motivation to get me on.
Don't get me wrong, it worked, but it was most definitely not a love affair this time around. So I'm glad I experienced yesterday. I'm glad because I know that means that there will be days that I absolutely love it. I'm also glad that I experienced today. I'm glad because I know there will be days when the last thing I want to do is get on a treadmill. But even if I walk more uphill more than I run downhill, it'll still be making me stronger.
My muscles are sore.
And I'm exhausted.
The point is - it felt good.
It felt good to push myself in a way that I hadn't for a really long time.
It felt good to do something that I didn't think I was capable of doing (running a mile without stopping - albeit on a treadmill set on a decline).
It felt good to feel my muscles straining with the movement.
It felt good to *need* a cool drink of water after.
It felt good to have a reason to lie down and take a minute to cool off.
It felt good to feel my leg muscles shake when I was walking down a few stairs after.
It felt good to feel my abs ache when I sat up (running downhill is a really good workout for the core - that's one reason I use to justify my running downhill, I'm strengthening my core.).
It felt good to run.
And I must say that afterward I felt no inclination to stuff my face with cookies and cupcakes. And that was the big reason I made myself get on the treadmill yesterday. When I did WW the first time and lost 30 lbs. I was on the treadmill almost every day. I don't think exercise is the biggest factor in weight loss. I think it's much more about what you're eating and how much of it you're eating. But for me, exercise gets in my head and when I'm expending that much effort to be healthy, I don't want to blow it all on candy and dessert. And if last night is any indication, this should work for me again.
And here's to running.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Anyway, I think I need to start running again.
Yep - *need.*
I realized last night as I was spooning ice cream into my mouth that being a member of weight watchers this time around hasn't been as much in my head as it was the first time when things went really well.
While I don't think running (or exercise in general) is the secret to losing weight (apparently weight loss is 80% food 20% activity... and yes, I'm quoting hearsay statistics, take it as you will), I have decided that running is what gets me in the weight loss mode. If I'm going to make myself run, I'm not going to then ruin it by eating half a pizza.
It's a mental game.
I love that on WW you track activity too. Those things do count.
But I also loved earning activity points and then not using them. It got in my head. It helped me believe that I really was in control of everything I was putting in my body and that what I chose to earn or not earn and eat or not eat made a tangible difference in how healthy I was.
So here goes.
I'm going to go home today and get on the treadmill.
And because that statement is now on the internet it has to be true, right?
And if I put it on wikipedia that would really seal the deal.
But it was true anyway because last night while I was trying to fall asleep I gave myself a talking to. And it went something like this -
"You have to start running."
You heard it here first.