I recently started running again. I started the Couch to 5k program, because I can't just run for fun. I have to have a program to follow. I use the free app right on my phone so I don't even have to think about when to run or walk. The nice lady just tells me, "Run now" or "walk now". I don't even wear my Garmin. I need a break from being obsessed with time. I just want to enjoy being out there again. I finished week 2 today.
|The app I use|
I've also been trying different exercises. I've found a love for Zumba. I've always enjoyed it, but there is a class on Tuesday nights that is just SO fun. I rearranged my work schedule just so I could go to it! I can't believe how much I sweat and how many muscles I can feel working!
During my 6 month running hiatus, I have also gained 20 lbs. It's pretty depressing, but I just kept eating like I was training for a marathon when I was doing little to no activity. Now I am trying to work it back off.
I did Weight Watchers for 3 months. I signed up on my birthday, Dec. 30, after wanting to make a change with my eating habits. There was a 3 month deal for only $18, so I figured why not?
I lost a couple of pounds, but ended up gaining another 5. I just couldn't get into it again (I had done it years ago and lost 50 lbs). So, at the end of the 3 months I cancelled it and started using the free program, myfitnesspal, again. I deleted my old account and made a new one - sort of like a fresh start for myself. I'm jnmolina if you want to "friend" me. I have managed to lose 5 lbs so far.
Wanting to change and actually doing it is so hard for me. I'm trying not to make too many changes at once so I don't become overwhelmed. I'm also trying not to put too much pressure on myself to work out. I become sort of obsessed with it. That's why I'm not bringing my Garmin on runs or even keeping track of my miles so I don't become obsessed with the numbers.
|Change is a process|
I'm planning races again too. I haven't done any in 6 months. I just did a 5k yesterday and walked it with 2 friends. It was pretty fun, even though it started raining down on us right after mile one! I have a few more I'd like to do: an 80's themed 5k in June, the Iron Girl in August, and a half marathon in September. It feels good to finally be looking forward to working out again!
What is your favorite form of exercise?