January 24, 2010 we welcomed little Karlie into our lives. Now it's one year later and I feel that I can't honestly call those stubborn extra pounds "baby weight" anymore. I'm all out of excuses. It's time for me to be a woman, get a grip, grab the bull by the horns, climb that mountain, (insert cheesy cliche about conquering a goal here), etc. I've passed alot of my skinny clothes on to Kalie, and honestly I get flat out jealous that I can't wear them. I've still got a secret stash of a few articles of clothing that I dream to fit into again someday. Also, I'd like to lose my
It's time to get serious.
Here's the plan:
I want to be a runner. I hate running. So I figure I need to love running in order to be a runner. Right? Well I got some advice from a couple of people who actually find joy in running and here's what I'm taking from it.
~ "Stretching- I cannot stress this enough. For the longest time I didn't think stretching/sit-ups/leg-ups were that important, but once I started doing them it made a world of difference in making me feel better when I was running. A strong core helps you not get cramps, and if there is anything that is de-motivational it is cramps.haha"
~ "Music- find something super upbeat to listen to. I get new music pretty frequently just to change things up and then I try to just listen to the music instead of thinking about how my legs are feeling.lol Also, it's easier to say "ok, I am going to run for the length of two songs" than it is to say "ok, I am going to run a mile"."
~ "Drink Lots of Water- Drinking a lot of water the night before you run is very good and helps you feel better while running."
**Thank you Abby!
~ "Start small--set some goals. Then find some rewards. I was doing Dave Ramsey at the time, so they had to be affordable for me (a treat of iced coffee at Starbucks, a new pair of running shorts at Target, some new nail polish, etc.). If I ran three days a week for an entire month, I got a reward. If I could run for 30 min straight, I got a treat, etc. You have to make it fun for yourself!! And you don't want to set some insane goals that will be impossible to achieve right away--it ends up being demoralizing and much easier to sit on the couch :)"
**Thank you Danielle! And who doesn't love advice from a fellow Dave Ramsey disciple?!
So that's what I'm doing plus some strength training. I make sure to stretch for 10 minutes at the beginning and end of each run/workout, I updated the ol' Ipod with a new workout playlist (upbeat songs only), pulled my water bottle back out of the cabinet, and wrote up a reward calendar. I'm trying Danielle's way. If I run/workout for at least 30 minutes, 3 days a week, I get a small reward at the end of the week. If I do that for a month, I get a big reward! I'm 3 weeks into it and so far, so good! My distance and endurance has already increased! Plus at my next doctor's appointment, next to "How often do you exercise?", I can check "frequently" instead of "psh, yeah right."
Also, WebMD has a Food and Fitness tracker available. Every day, after I eat anything, I go online, plug in what I ate, and it counts calories for me. It also counts calories burned. And it counts e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. (For example - sitting on the toilet for 2 minutes = 3 calories burned, hairstyling for 30 minutes = 102 calories, and for all you mommies out there...childcare (sitting/kneeling) for 8 hours = 1,636 calories burned!)
Well, if you have any tips, any tips at all, whether related to running, eating healthy, strength training, healthy recipes, etc., do NOT hesitate to send them my way. I need whatever help I can get!