I’ve had to work a lot longer to lose this baby weight the second time around. Life stresses have just gotten in the way of time and energies. In a recent stretch of child-illnesses my exercising was sidelined for a few
Three weeks of sick children put a massive damper on my gym-time and when I finally got back on the treadmill on Thursday I really wanted to run a solid – running only – sub-30 minute 5K.
It didn’t happen.
It’s no surprise really, I was a little out of shape, have been intensely stressed. But, while I was running I chose in one moment to turn the thoughts around. Sure, I had a goal, a rather unrealistic one, that went the way of the Dodo, but I did manage to show up at the gym. Points, right?
So, not only did I GO to the gym. I ran. I ran for 40 minutes actually. I ran over my goal of 3 miles for a total of 3.63 miles. I walked a few times to catch my breath and swill some water. To balance out the walking time I ran some sprints. I used to run sprints at 6.0 mph for one minute on and one minute off. Now, I ran an entire mile at 6.0 — and I run sprints at 6.5 and 7.0 mph.
I spent years working out when I was younger but I never got near the intensity I do now. I never would have dreamed I could run a solid mile at 6.0 or do a few miles of sprints at 7.0 for one minute and walking for one minute.
This is a lot to be proud of and I need to give myself this moment of success.
In spite of myself, I was actually proud of my accomplishment.
I am deciding to think about a lot more things in this turn-it-around-to-be-more-positive way.