Monday, March 9, 2009

Shannan: Back at it (Week Number 3,256 - OK, maybe I am exagerating)

I suck. It’s true. For months I have been saying that I was going to train for a 5k and for months I have been making excuses. It’s embarrassing really. I used to be a long distance runner for crimeny’s sake! I held the record for the 1500 M at my middle school for 13 years. Why do I keep avoiding it?

The answer: Who knows. Am I lazy? Am I afraid of doing something for myself? Am I afraid of FINALLY losing this last 15 lbs (you may recall it was the “last 10 lbs”…)? I don’t know. I wish I did. I have the time – in the mornings – and I have the support and encouragement of my husband.

Well this morning I took a step in the right direction. I got myself up extra early – 5:00 a.m. – and I met my friend Phyllis at the gym. Together we walked 3 miles (around 3.6 speed) on the treadmill and damn it, it felt AWESOME!

What is wrong with me? It was so easy. I was able to workout and get back home with the boys not even realizing I’d been anywhere. Maybe it was knowing that someone was going to be there waiting for me to arrive. That I couldn’t back out. Maybe I need not only to be held accountable online, but to have one of my girlfriends there to work out with me? Maybe that is what it will take until I get over my commitment issues?

Apparently I have a lot of things to figure out. One thing I do know, I have got to stick with it this time.

For those of you working out, and sticking to it, how do you do it?



Amazing Greis said...

I'm with you....I have to FORCE myself to go to the gym on the days that I do make it. It's hard, but the results are worth it.

Headless Mom said...

It's a renewed commitment every week, every day. If you screw up one day, do better the next. I've not been working out as often as possible;I've been giving in to the cold and staying inside on my warm couch. So, I lace up the shoes and get out there the next day. I'm actually getting my exercise in during my kids sports practices lately. Why sit there when I can move? With spring coming it should be easier!

Lu said...

I feel you on getting your butt in gear. I decided to NOT set this as a new years resolution knowing I would not be able to commit to it like I needed to. Now, I make no excuses and I am determined to drop 15lbs of fat and move in the lean muscles instead.

Domestic Extraordinaire said...

I too need to lose the extra weight. Hubby & I were working out together but I don't know exactly what happened but it sort of fizzled out a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully it will pick up again-I need to lose this weight. I think I must go to bed earlier and get up earlier to do it.