Today I want to share my personal fitness story. It’s a subject that I haven’t always been comfortable talking about because I was embarrassed by failed attempts to get fit. About 5 years ago I was in the best shape of my life but after working out all summer at the gym, I gave it up. I worked with a personal trainer at the time and when my sessions ran out I lost interest. Since then I’ve steadily put on the pounds. This is due to laziness, a disregard for eating well, as well as medication. Although I’ve tried over the years to get back in shape it never really stuck. I’ve reached a point though where I’m fed up. When I think of the person I want to be, it’s someone who is regularly active. So for about a month now I’ve been working out 4-5 days a week.
I started a ‘learn to run’ program 4 weeks ago. I’ve been pushing myself harder than I have in long time. Although I hit a wall in the program and it will take me longer than 6 weeks to be able to run 30 minutes straight, I push myself a little further every run. I have asthma and my inhaler only helps so much. It can’t fix how out of shape I am.
The first week, I lost 2.5 pounds, then .5, and the week after that the scale didn’t budge. I was slightly devastated but I’ve decided to push ahead. I know if I keep at it, the pounds and inches will come off. I was also doing Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred but stopped after 2 weeks. The runs burn me out but I will probably get back to her DVD. It’s intense but really works out your whole body. I’ve also been using free weights. I did a lot of weight lifting when I worked out with a trainer and I really miss it. Muscles are empowering!
Today’s walk/run was split 50/50 running and walking for 30 minutes total for a distance of 3.29KMs. Each run I go a little further and try to run an extra minute. At the end I am covered in sweat but it feels pretty awesome (after I catch my breathe that is!).
It’s never too late to get in shape. I have some great examples in my life to look to when I feel like eating cookies or sitting on my butt instead of getting on the treadmill.
Thanks for reading! I’ll keep you up-to-date on my progress!