Week 2 of 5k prep: complete

Well, I have not been as productive with my training as I had hoped. I’ve walked outside for 3 miles once during week 1 and once during week 2. I’ve also been doing Sri Sri yoga once per week as well. My body is sore most days and I KNOW that it wouldn’t be as sore IF I was to get moving more!

That is the goal of week 3: MOVE, more often!!!

 

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Mother’s Day 5k

Screen Shot 2019-03-08 at 9.45.04 PMI completed my last 5k a year ago in March 2018. It’s time to do it again. I have not been working out for a couple of months now because of a sore Achilles tendon, so I have some work ahead of me.

With exactly 9 weeks to prepare for this 5k, I wrote down my plan. I’ll be doing combination walk/runs over these weeks, working my way up to running 3.1 miles nonstop. That is my goal.

I’ve completed 5ks in the past, but only ran one almost completely, minus about 30 seconds of walking up a hill towards the end. So now, my goal is to run nonstop.

My speed matters NOT. I just want to run the thing. No walking. No stopping.

I’m going to run it.

Progress post to come…

Chapter 45, Day 1

Yesterday, December 28, 2018, was my 44th birthday. Today, December 29, 2018, marks the first day of the 45th year of my life on this planet.

I spent yesterday reflecting on all that I have learned about myself and my place in this world this past year. I have undergone a tremendous amount of growth and spiritual evolution. I have learned to love myself unconditionally. I remembered who I am and what I am capable of.

I will spend today focusing on my next steps. As I enter this next chapter of life, my personal new year, I have many seeds to plant for the future that I want for myself.

First thing this morning, I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill for 32 minutes. Perfect way to begin this next chapter!

So…what’s next?

Jogging again!

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So…this is my current weight, today. Tomorrow it may be something totally different. At any rate, this is where I am right now. And this is where I pick up and continue on along my fitness journey.

This morning, after I got all four of the children on the school bus, I got myself dressed in my workout gear and went outside. I walked 1/4 mile, SLOWLY jogged 1 mile and finished with a 3/4 mile walk. 2 miles total! I feel refreshed and my legs are letting me know that they got a pretty decent workout out of it.

Though I haven’t run or jogged in months, my plan is to give myself this 30 minutes every morning to run a mile and walk a mile around my neighborhood. The fresh, cool air does wonders for me. I am able to clear my mind, connect with nature and set my intentions for the day.

For my listening pleasure during my jog/walk, I play Soul of Healing Affirmations by Deepak Chopra & Adam Plack. Amazing stuff!

And now…what to eat??

31 and counting…

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Recent Weights:

228.9 on July 16, 2015

225.2 on February 20, 2016

211.9 on July 3, 2016

222.0 on December 30, 2017

197.0 on August 27, 2018

I’ve been attempting to lose weight and get healthy since my mid twenties. I finally took that step to get myself healthy in the beginning of 2016. I completed the C25K (Couch to 5K) program and ran my very first 5K on May 21, 2016. I had lost approximately 10 pounds and went down a few sizes by the end of the program. More importantly, my leg muscles were developing and I could comfortably run up to 3 miles nonstop! I felt amazing inside and out.

I also slipped and fell down some stairs the same rainy night that I ran my first 5K. This left me with 2 bulging discs in my lower back. I still ran a little after that and completed another 5K that fall. After that run, I took some time off from exercise and ended up gaining the weight back that I had lost. The pain in my back increased. It became debilitating at times and I found myself feeling sorry for myself. I was beginning to convince myself that I would have this pain for the rest of my life.

I tried heat therapy, cold therapy, physical therapy, massage, stretches, injections, all to no avail. My part time job was not extremely physical, but it was enough motion every day to aggravate the pain and required daily doses of Aleve to get me through the day and night. I gave up sleeping on my Sleep Number bed and moved downstairs to a recliner.

I had gotten to a point where I just adjusted my life and limited my mobility in order to lessen the pain…until a good friend of mine suggested that I get back to running.

What?! Run again?? With this back pain??? Uh…

I went out on a chilly November morning in 2017 and I ran Week 1, Day 1 of the C25K program. Slowly. But I ran. And my time was even better than the first time I ran it in 2016!

And I haven’t stopped working out since! I completed a few more 5Ks and then switched from running to walking on an incline on the treadmill, using the elliptical and the stationary bike, and walking 3 miles outside around my neighborhood.

31 pounds GONE and down from a size 18 Women to a Regular 14/12/10, depending on where I shop, and still going!! And my back pain is no longer an issue! The discs are still bulging, but I go on about my life and activities and because I give it no thought or energy, I don’t feel the pain anymore.

This has been the biggest solo accomplishment of my adult life. No one could do this for me. Even with the best encouragement, it was all up to ME to get up, get dressed and move my body.

I will continue to take care of this body, so that it can take me all the places that I want to go and do all of the things that I want to do!