While I have not been so perfect with my healthy eating plan I have tried really hard, but not as hard as I COULD to exercise regularly. I never said that I would workout every day, because quite frankly, that would be setting myself up for failure. There is no way I could manage that. I am far too flakey.
What I have found is that I am enjoying trying to become a runner. This is coming from someone who has avoided running at all costs – her whole life! Sometimes, I need my asthma puffer after getting out of bed in the morning, so attempting a 100m dash would be like suicide.
Things started off well, but then I hit a bump in the road with my dinky knees. I ALMOST had to ditch ‘Operation Find My Sixpack’ but they suddenly came good. I think my knees just went into a state of shock.
I have kept track of my exercising, this helps me to see how many workouts I have done and it makes me feel good. It also keeps me accountable. I can see where I have started to slack off and I tell myself to stop being a lazy tart and get off my largest muscle.
18th Sept – 30 Day Shred
This is my first workout. I died. I died, I died, I died. I couldn’t even get through 30 seconds of jumping jacks. I used my babies as excuses to complete each set just a little early. Oh, H is tipping over, better prop you back up. Did you want a drink T? Let me get that for you. Does someone need a nappy changed?
I hurt too much from this workout the next day, so I rested.
20th Sept – 30 Day Shred
I made it through this workout without stopping today but it was bloody hard work. T joined in and tried to sit on me while I did crunches.
21st Sept – 30 Day Shred and Couch 2 5K
This was my first day of the running. I ran for 60 second intervals and walked for 90 seconds. I needed my asthma puffer 29465920 times after EACH run. I had to skip a run in the middle to catch my breath properly. I truly thought I was going to drop dead from a heart attack. I barely made the 60 seconds and had to push myself so hard to get there.
I have a friend Amy, who is about a week ahead of me on the Couch 2 5K. She helps keep me motivated and started taking photos from her runs as she said it helped her get through by thinking about what she would photograph. So I started doing the same, and she is right, it really helps.
22nd Sept – Walking
I was so sore from running the day before that just couldn’t do it again so I had a rest day and just went for a nice long walk.
23rd Sept – 30 Day Shred and Walking
Day 3 of the Shred and I made it through quite easily. I even used two cans of chick peas for weights, which T thought was pretty funny and narrowly avoided dropping them on his toes. I walked again in the afternoon which is my favourite time in the day for walking.
25th Sept – Couch 2 5K
Second run. A little easier. I only needed my ventolin 28465 times after each run. Improvement. One of the things I love so much about walking is that I can just daydream. I can let my mind go completely and think about nothing or anything. NOT the case with running, all I can think about is surviving the 60 seconds. I pinpoint a tree about 10 metres away and think, I just have to make it to that tree. Once I get there if the 60 seconds is not finished I pinpoint another tree. Every step is a struggle. But then I see this:
26th Sept – 30 Day Shred and Walking
I worked really hard on the Shred and T is getting quite good at the warm up stretches and sticking his face into my bum when I do squats. K decided he was going to work out with me today. His puny little body couldn’t even keep up and he piked out half way.
27th Sept – Couch 2 5K
My knees started hurting today when running. They were OK when walking but every step hurt while running. A bit of a worry considering I was just beginning to find my stride.
30th Sept – Walking
Thought I would take it a bit easy as my dinky knees were being very dinky indeed.
1st Oct – Couch 2 5K
Week 2 – 90 second runs. I didn’t want to give in to the knee factor so I went on the run. In hindsight, it might have been a bad idea. They hurt so bad I almost turned back half way into the first run interval, but I kept on chugging on. Just. I wasn’t running, I wasn’t even jogging. I was barely shuffling, it was so incredibly painful. I don’t know if it was the right thing to do, but I didn’t want to give up. I may be many things, but I am not a quitter.
2nd Oct – 30 Day Shred
I couldn’t even do the cardio sections of the workout. My knees were not cooperating, so I just did extra abs, or cuddled my babies.
3rd Oct – Couch 2 5K
I tried to go on the run again. OUCH! I was the little engine that could. I fought through the pain and did the full Cliffy Young shuffle to the end. By this point, my knees were not only hurting during the running, but walking also. I had started considering physio, or amputation. I reluctantly admitted defeat and forced myself to rest my stupid knees. My mum also gave me a tube of anti-inflammatory cream to try. Why didn’t I think of that? I am not sure, but I think it helped. Knees started feeling better, but I didn’t want to rush back in too soon.
7th Oct – Couch 2 5K
What a difference a week makes. I wouldn’t say my knees were better but a definite 3857% improvement. I kept up the cream regime, applying it several times a day and before and after the run. I can’t say I was jogging at my happy comfortable speed but I certainly wasn’t doing the lame shuffle. I had found a happy medium between the two and that felt pretty good. It is also noteworthy to add, that I didn’t even need to take my ventolin during the run! I also did 3 extra runs at the end!
12 Oct – 30 Day Shred
I hadn’t done the Shred for a while, and guilt got the better of me. After eating 200 slices of cinnamon toast, I figured I needed to do a workout. No pain, so I went really hard and worked up a sweat.
13 Oct – Couch 2 5K
Week 3 – includes 2 x 3 minute runs (which is a really really really long time to the non-runner!). This run was amazing. My knees were fine and I ran at MY perfect happy pace, which felt great. 3 minutes is a shit storm longer than 90 seconds, but I got there! I just concentrated on my breathing and pushed through until I felt like I was flying. I felt so happy and proud of myself. I didn’t give up when it was hard and am achieving things I never thought possible. Again, I did an extra run at the end, just for shits and giggles.
14th Oct – Couch 2 5K
Another fantastic run. I could have run longer, but am saving it until week 4, which I know is going to be TOUGH. Do you think I would be fooling myself if I set a goal to do the 10K run in the Gold Coast Marathon next year? Ok, maybe I should just see if I can make it to 5Ks first. I am really starting to see why runners love it so much. I am looking forward to see what the next few weeks bring.
Now, all I need to do is have my little photographer K take my progress photos tomorrow and do an official measure/weigh in. I did weigh myself a few weeks ago and had lost 3kg, but I am almost sure I have put most of that, or all of it back on through my poor eating choices. But I am not going to dwell on that. I am going to put any guilt or self-destructive tenancies behind me now and focus on tomorrow. Tomorrow is a new day, and tomorrow I am going to be the best me I can be – for myself and for my family.