Monday, October 19, 2009

Back On the (Workout) Wagon

Since this is my week off before I start my new job, I knew I *should* probably start working out...again.

But I am not someone who can just exercise for the goddamn fun of it.  I need a goal.

And so?

What follows is how I got my ass in gear on this Monday morning:

1.  As soon as I awoke, I signed up for my town's annual 5-mile run on Thanksgiving Day.  *gulp*
(My mom, Sis and I ran it in 2007.)   

2.  I got dressed in exercise gear.

3.  I laid out my iPod.

4.  I trudged down to the basement and found my winter hat and Nike running gloves.

5.  After dropping Baby off at preschool, I walked in the door, grabbed my stuff, looked longingly at my laptop, and went back outside.

6.  I started my stopwatch.

7.  And I ran...for 45 minutes, without looking at my watch, and without stopping!

So, the goal is to run every day this week.  I'm also doing the 200 situps challenge.

I've grudgingly come to realize that running is "my thing".  It works for me.  I've tried walking, Shredding, biking, etc.  I eventually quit and go back to doing NOTHING.

But when I'm running regularly, everything else just seems to fall into place.  My eating habits become healthier (Because who wants to burp up Doritos/bacon/Mexican food on a run? And yes, I'm speaking from experience.); I have more energy; I feel better about myself and my body.

Also, I KNOW I am lazy and need some sort of goal/motivation. It's not enough for me to simply go out and run 3 miles a day, everyday. I WISH I could be satisfied with that.  But I need the challenge of a goal. I need something to dread look forward to. Thus, the 5-mile run on Thanksgiving morning.

After that? 

Ack.  I don't know.

19 comments:

Life As I Know It said...

I'm impressed! I WISH I could get into running, but I just can't.
Glad you found what works for you!

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

You go, girl! I'm running to the refrigerator.

SugarBritches said...

I'm impressed. I'm working my way up to running 3 miles. Using C25K but just because I am so out of shape and have never been a runner. Keep me motivated woman!

Manic Mommy said...

Skipped the gym this morning so I could "get a jumpstart" on my day. Big mistake. I need a dread, too. Enjoy the week off!

Sincerely, Jenni said...

Good idea! I need to get into some sort of routine as well. I keep thinking about starting that Couch to 5K program, but never get off the couch long enough to start it!

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

Good for you!! Personally for me, it's Jillian all the way, she is kicking my butt! You go girl

Heidi said...

Good for you on the running!

Tell me about how the September Shred worked for you? (Maybe you posted it and I didn't see). Just wondering if you saw any results.

Have a great week! ;)

amanda said...

so very proud of you...still wishing i could find my "thing" ...someday?

Vodka Logic said...

Good for you and as others have said I wish I could find my thing.

I do like the stationary bike.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

You go girl!!

The Redhead Riter said...

I love exercise...I watch it on TV all the time LOL ♥

WhisperingWriter said...

Woohoo, good for you!

I think I get enough exercise chasing after my kids.

Draft Queen said...

After that you will find a new challenge to keep yourself in check! It's really the only way I can keep myself motivated as well. Do what works!

(And enjoy the week off!)

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

I love running. I have come to the same realization. When I am running, my whole world is in place. When I'm not...it's topsy-turvey. It's been topsy-turvey since my son was born.

Good for you for finding the time to do it.

Fishbowl said...

How about a weight loss challenge with say, a random friend - who can lose the most percent each month? It'll be our own private loser contest. Winner gets treated to dinner and a movie, both of her choice, of course.

Maureen said...

Go, you! have you always liked it?

hqm said...

I have signed up for runs (5Ks to half marathons) thru May of 2010 to keep myself motivated! I find it is the only way!

Pam said...

Wow. Good for you! I can't imagine being able to run for 45 minutes straight, the first time out. You're amazing.

Claire said...

I know you've done it before, but this is the only thing that gets me running: signing up for a half-marathon with someone else. I need the motivation of another person (healthy competition plus some much-needed guilt trips) and if I pay that much money for a race, I'm certainly going to do it.

Good luck staying with it!

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