So Long 2013

Today is the last day of 2013, and well it’s been a ride. I started out the year with Weight Watchers and was able to lose 25 pounds in 3.5 months, but then got discouraged, unmotivated, and frustrated. Which, of course brought back that 25 pounds I lost.

Looking back now if I had just stuck with it I’d be at my goal or pretty close to it, but this time next year I’ll be there. I’m not giving up this year.

I’ve only been doing this for 11 weeks, but looking back over these past 11 weeks I’ve accomplished a lot.

  • I can now run for 10 minutes straight
  • I’m getting closer to the 10 minute mile every week
  • I’ve learned that I enjoy working out, well some of it.
  • I feel a lot better after a workout.
  • I enjoy yoga.
  • I can do anything I put my mind too.
  • Losing weight isn’t easy, but can be done with work and determination.
  • Keeping track of what I eat definitely cuts down on the garbage food I’ll eat.
  • I now buy running shoes for running.
  • There are endless ways to get your daily activity in.
  • I love the treadmill.
  • Fitbit has been a great motivating tool in my life.

So in the 11 weeks I’ve done a lot and I plan to stick with it in 2014.

I Did It!

Today was the last day of my Learn 2 Run workout program. Today, is also the day that I ran for 10 minutes straight without stopping. I’m so proud of myself, if even a month ago someone was to say in a few weeks you’ll be able to run for 10 minutes, I would have laughed, and said, “Yeah, Okay.”  But, I did it, not only did I do it, but I was able to breathe still, there was no gasping for air, bending at the waist hands on knees after, and I didn’t feel like my heart was going to jump right out of my chest. Yes, I was sweating, breathing a little harder, and my heart was definitely beating a bit faster, but nothing like I used to experience after just seconds of running, yet alone minutes. I’m so happy that I’ve stuck with this program, and was able to prove to myself, yes you can do it.

Through this program I’ve been able to give up the negative voices in my head, that would tell me it’s too hard, it’s not worth it, you can’t do it, because today I proved them wrong.

I know I still have a long way to go, because well I’m running nowhere near a 10 minute mile, but that’s ok, because I’ve now ran for 10 minutes and can start working on the speed thing. I’ve already got the plan in place, and I will be starting the program over again at Week 4 and increasing my speed at which I run by .5mph. And, yes this will take some time to reach 6mph to get that elusive 10 minute mile, but that’s okay.  The only person I’m competing with is myself. So every time I make it to the last day of Week 8 and have made that 10 minute run, I’ve just bested my personal best.

I never thought I’d be a runner, I just felt I couldn’t do it, but after today I know that I can and will be one. Practice, hard work, and dedication is all it takes. And, well now I have those 3 things. I’m so glad that I’ve decided to make this lifestyle change and embark on this journey to healthier, fitter me. It’s been one of the best things I’ve ever done.  The things I’ve already accomplished are mind-blowing, and every day I find a new reason to be proud of myself.