Tuesday, May 25, 2010

:: C25K ::

Here's the thing:  I really need to lose some weight.  Hell-O!  Now that I'm fairly sure I'm done having babies, I feel the time is right to just start getting moving on this.  I really miss hiking and doing the things I used to do fairly easily.  Let's face it - I am waaaay outta shape.

I've been waiting to post about this until I was completely sure that I wanted to follow through with this commitment.  I've started many programs before, but have yet to see them through to the point of meeting my goals.  Enter the Couch-to-5k Program.  I remember reading about this program before.  But since I am not - nor never have been, a runner, I kind of just saved it in my bookmarks and moved on.  Fast-forward to 2 weeks ago when I came across the website again as I was cleaning up my bookmarks.  I decided to give it another look.  I decided to get motivated since we purchased a treadmill on CL not too long ago.  I was a little apprehensive, as I hadn't run since high school, and actually remember despising it.  But, as I read peoples' stories on the C25K fanpage, I began to feel some motivation to get moving.  I'd been running a different program sporadically that wasn't really challenging me for about 3 weeks prior.  So I decided to give it a try, but wait a couple of weeks before blogging about it.  (Hello, accountability).  So, here it is.  I'm laying it all out.  Feel free to follow along with me as I do this.

I'm on week 3.  Week 3 Day 1 is today.  I typically run Mondays, Wednesdays and either Fridays or Saturdays.  I am search of a nice pair of running shoes (hopefully soon to be on my poor aching feet).  I have learned how to breathe correctly, run with somewhat good form (this will improve with time), and with the help of C25K podcasts, I don't even have to look at the time/distance...I just do what the voices tell me to, when they tell me to (scary, huh?) and the time goes by relatively quickly.  Thankfully, the music on the podcasts is fairly decent as well.  Since I have to do the same workout 3 times for each week for now (this will change on week 5), I've found 2 different podcasts to mix it up a little, so I'm not listening to the same one 3x each week.  Keeps it interesting.  If you can call it that...more like...less monotonous??

Here's the other thing:  I'm going to sign up for a 5k in July.  Hopefully, that will keep me motivated to keep going, knowing I have a commitment in the near future.  Thinking the Run of the Mill on July 10th.  Yeeeee.  I'm trying to convince Ryan to do it with me (he's been running too), but so far he is non-committal.  What also goes along with this is something I'm desperately trying to get under control:  my eating habits.  Portion control.  Whole grains vs. white flour.  Brown rice instead of white.  More veggies (which I happen to love anyway) and fruit (which I also love, and HELLO to summer fruits coming up!).  Less beer - this one isn't too hard for me.  Anyway, I'm trying to rope it all in, get organized, and actually stick to something for once.

I will be blogging my progress, so any encouragement/useful advice is appreciated.