Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Love/Hate Relationship with Running - 30 lbs for 30 years

Little Cristal -
Love the outfit?
Chubby and a hip dresser
Oh and that's the
beginnings of a curly
mess on top of my head.
AND I rocked a unibrow
until jr. high...

As you see in my sidebar, I have a love / hate relationship with running...exercise in general really, but primarily running.  I love how it makes me feel when I'm done, I just have the hardest time getting started. I got the running bug a few years ago...I remember my dad always telling me how much he ran in the military, so one day I thought I would give it a shot.  Keep in mind, growing up, I was not what you would call "physically fit."  To be completely honest with you, I'm pretty sure I avoided almost all physical activity as much as humanly possible. Lets just say I stayed in band until we had to go into MARCHING band.  I was perfectly happy playing my clarinet as long as I could sit on my behind.  Have you seen marching bands practice??? They get up @ the crack of dawn to march in unison while playing an instrument - one time at church I dropped the tray of bread/crackers  during communion when it was being passed to me because I wasn't paying attention.  I'm not someone that should be leading another.

So, its time to stop messin' around and start gettin' in shape!  <----that's me being fired up. 

I know some of you might think I'm a bit delusional to be starting my "Project 30" right before Christmas, but why not?  I say this while staring at a tin full of homemade cookies my dear co-worker Renee made and had waiting for me on my desk this morning.  *sigh* My kryptonite - sweets...delicious, sugary, carb filled goodness.  I will push them to the far left corner of my desk so they can taunt me for the rest of the day.  Renee's a gooood baker - she uses the real stuff - Butter and Lard.  :) Those cookies will literally melt in your mouth...

I digress...those cookies got me all sidetracked.  Last night I tried out my new Zumba workout from Wii.  Thank God no one was there to witness this horrific attempt @ Latin dancing...well Christian was, but he laughed most of the time while jumping in his bouncy...it was like he was working out with me.  I'm pretty sure he thought mommy was being funny.  Then he started crying.  He must have realized my "dancing" was an insult to the Zumba community.  I was sweating, my heart rate was through the roof and that was during the warm up.  Overall, I really enjoyed it.  As far as workouts go, it was actually fun.  There isn't voice queues, so it'll take some practice to learn all the steps. 

Later last night, I jumped on "the beast"and jogged 1.5 miles.   I call it that because it is permanently stuck @ a 1.5 incline. I bought it off a friend of a friend for super cheap, so I can't complain...but I guess that's what I'm doing isn't it? I've been getting on the treadmill off and on for the last few months, but nothing consistent.  As noted in my sidebar, I really would like to run a timed 5K by the time I'm 30.  My husband always says, "the only way I'm running is if someone is chasing me."  I would like to run it in 30 minutes...which will take some practice since I've got stubs for legs (I'm only 5'1). 

So there you go, the main reason for this goal is to finally put "weight loss" as a daily goal of mine to rest.  I've probably had it as a goal for 20 of my almost 30 year life.  It's time to put a kibosh on it people!!  My main motivators: my 30th birthday, Matt's 20 year H.S. reunion, and Christian's 1st birthday (which is when we're scheduling our first family photos).  Don't be mistaken, this goal is all for me...I just have some extra motivation ;) 

        I'm somewhere in the middle right now 
My Largest - not so happy
with myself
My Smallest - happiest
with myself


A Big Group of Folks said...

I COMPLETELY feel ya! I am right there with you! Exercising every day is SO hard, but I think it will be worth it in the end! :)

cssolomon said...

The end meaning sweet death? LOL - seriously, I feel like that is when I will reach my goal sometimes...when I'm too old to care. We can do it!!!

1 Funky Woman said...

New follower from Bloggy Moms. Good for you and your goals. I so need to get on that treadmill. Do I get points for at least cleaning it off?

Looking forward to following you on your journey!



AmyLee said...

dude, this is AWESOME. go you! i love running too, but december in seattle is not the time to do it. boo.

N.D. said...

This is a great challenge! Good luck! I hear you. It's so hard to get out the door. You have to get into a routine that you are excited about. Maybe join a running club!

Tracy said...

I miss Renee's cookies....

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