Motivated by actually running two 8 minute runs this morning, I am more excited than I have been forever about losing weight AND more importantly, getting healthier. I have to tell you, facebook is wonderful for motivation and I have it right now thanks to a little help from my friends. I normally get really aggravated at myself because this very same person that can have the "I can do this, I've got this, piece of cake" attitude at 7:00 in the morning after doing this run and eating a healthy breakfast of fresh pomegranate and fat free Greek yogurt is the SAME person that says, "What the heck" at 9:30 that same night and takes a spoon to the peanut butter. That has been the bane of my existence since a couple of weeks before Christmas.. NO MORE! IT STOPS TODAY!
It has been a hectic day but I have made it to the "witching hour" so to speak, it seems like my bad time is from 4:30- 9 (bedtime). Of course, most of the time I am at work the earlier part of the day, and the healthy side of me has packed my WW friendly lunch and snacks, actually most of the time I take my breakfast to work with me too. When I come home is when it hits, so that is what I am going to be holding myself especially accountable to here on my blog--that and the exercising. I made a goal of 5 times a week and so far this week, I have exercised everyday but Monday. I had been staying off the treadmill because it is too cold in the basement. I knew it was a poor excuse but it was one I was actually holding to until Wednesday when one of the other girls at work mentioned she had gotten a treadmill and was using my blog to keep her motivated.....ouch. So, Thursday morning, I trudged downstairs and started Week 5, warm up, run 5 minutes, walk 3, run 5, walk 3, run 5, cool down. Normally, my weeks had been the same run once your week started so I didn't even look at today's. And, the "being too cold" thing doesn't hold much water when you come upstairs drenched from sweat. Anyway, I went downstairs, put my earphones in and heard my little British accented girl say, "Today you will run twice, 8 minutes each". I about quit right there, but I was already started. I pulled up the actual app and sure enough, Week 5, run 2. The worst part was when I saw Week 5, run 3. Warm up, run 20 minutes, cool down. I kinda knew I had to challenge myself in public or Monday would wait until Tuesday, then Wednesday. The way it is, I have several people who I am pretty sure will check Monday morning to see if I truly did what I said I was going to do....run the 20 minute run. Just for the record. I. have. never. ran. twenty. minutes. at. one. time. in. my. entire. life. My high school PE teachers that tried to make me run the mile, never ended up getting it accomplished, I walked at least half, if not most of it, every year...Why?? Because I was too fat to run. That was my story and I'm sticking to it. Unfortunately, I weighed about 75 lbs, less than I do right now.
So, I have offered up brunch to anyone who wants to come out and run with me at the Miss D 5K, it will be around the first weekend in June. Kathy Walk, the LIHEAP Coordinator for CEFS and my work sister, committed some time ago. Tammy Tucker, my best friend from high school committed today. How about you?
I walked the Miss D 5K this year, I worked and worked at it, it seems a little odd to me that now, between the walking and running of a morning, I do over half of it every other morning. Not much over, I am slow, I walk at 3 MPH and I run at 3.5 mile an hour. My goal is to work up to running at 4.3 mile per hour but if I run the entire 5K, I really don't care how long it takes, as long as I do it.
Let me know if you want to join us. I am already looking forward to it, nothing like a party, and what better way to get to party (and eat) than to have worked it off before hand! Of course, it will be healthy, because after all, it will be that early morning Mindy you are dealing with, not the late night one!