I didn’t want a cliché resolution like “lose weight” for my New Years Resolution last year. I just needed to get off my rear end and get moving again. I decided I would make my resolution to be more active. I told my husband I wanted to become a “runner.” A person who goes for a 3-4 mile run, 4-5 times a week. For some of you this may sound like nothing. However, I couldn’t even run to the mailbox I was so out of shape! So I asked for his support in watching the kids and I called up my runner friend Candice and I said please please please hang in there with me but let me run with you. Their support was everything and so I began my running journey.
When I say I couldn’t run to the mailbox I was serious. It was HARD. I told myself on day one I was going to run 1/2 a mile without stopping. I felt like I was going to die but I did it. Then I walked and ran until I had completed 2 miles. I did the same thing the next day and the next. Then, I got a horrifying phone call. One of my friends dropped out of The Woodlands Marathon Relay and she wanted me to take her spot…IN TWO WEEKS. WHAT THE WHAT. I was thinking, is she pranking me? Do I secretly look like a runner? Has she lost her damn mind? But I said Yes, I’ll do it. People laughed and smirked but I worked my tail off and Candice whipped me into running shape.
My only goal for the whole 6.5 miles was to finish the race without stopping to walk. I secretly wanted to finish the race within an hour and half as well but never told anyone. I accomplished my goal of never stopping as well as finishing in an hour and 10 minutes. My husband barely made it to the finish line, he couldn’t even believe I ran it that quickly! And yes, an 11 minute mile is quick for me!!!
By the end of February I had lost 12 pounds just from running. I hadn’t changed a thing about my diet. After my race I decided to step my weight loss into high gear and add a diet plan into my weight loss journey. Finally after three months I felt really happy with where I was weight wise. Now, I am not some toned Jessica Alba or an SI swim suit model. I just finally feel comfortable with the way I look. It took dedication and hard work but it was all worth it to become a healthier person.
*Buy Running Shoes– Shoes only made for running, that you only wear for running
*Comfortable Workout Gear– If you are always adjusting your pants or sports bra you lose focus. My Favorite sports bra
*Don’t Give Up Mentally– Your body can do it. It’s your mind you have to convince! My little trick is, I think of how hard people in third world countries have it compared to me. I think of women who carry their baby in a sling while walking 10 miles to get water for their families. If they can do it, then I can run 2-3 miles! When I am dead dog tired I always tell myself “give it 20 more seconds” eventually those 20 seconds add up and become minutes of running!
And Last But Not Least…
QUIT REWARDING YOURSELF WITH FOOD!!!!
Positive Ways to Reward Yourself
Mani/Pedi | Facial | New Item of Clothing | Wireless Headphones ( my personal reward! Here) | Magazine Subscription | Concert | Massage | Movie Night | Buy Yourself Flowers | New Workout ie. hot yoga, pilates, spin class, barre class (these were my rewards and I invited friends!)