Okay, this is my first post and I don't really know what I'm doing. I have decided to set up this private blog for my friends and family to read. I have not decided if I want the general public to know my thoughts on why I am doing what I'm doing so I'm wanting to start on a small scale and will see where it takes me.
I know that a blog is like an online journal and I have a good reason for starting this one....well, at least I think it's a good idea. I am overweight and lack the heart to get up and exercise or diet. I have yo-yo dieted too long and have worked out, sort of, off and on for a long long time. I never had anything to keep me accountable for my progess. I have decided that I need to change that. I can't keep myself motivated, having to answer to only myself, so I thougth I would journal my journey. Hopefully I will get feedback from anyone reading this. Cristical feedback, motivational feedback, thoughts and ideas, questions, etc., I would love to have tham all. I want to be responsible for my own destiny but I think I'll need help along the way. This blog will hopefully let family and friends communicate with me on an ongoing basis. Who knows, this could spur other blogs and we could have an amazing family circle on the web. I am going to use my initials and if anyone that posts here would somehow let me know who you are, that would be great!!! I would love to know who I'm blogging with.
So, here it goes....
In July 2010, my sister-in-law sold me these awesome Sketcher's Shape-Ups. She had purchased them but they did not fit her right. Me, they fit. The shoes are really funky to walk in. I guess the easiest way to describe them is that they have a ball under your arch. You sort of bounce and roll your feet when you walk. Anyway, you can google them to see how they are made. I paid my sister-in-law for the cost of the shoes and I was excited. After work that night, I planned on starting a new walking regiment. I had (and still have) multiple pounds to lose and here was my chance to start something new, with new shoes. Yeah. When I got home that night, I set my new shoes on the floor in my bedroom (still in the box) and did not look at them again. That is, until a couple weeks later when I placed them in my closet. I did put them on, before putting them in the closet, and walked around in them for 15 minutes or so.
Now, two months later, on August 18, I was sitting in my office at work and it dawned on me that I needed to do something. My weight was getting out of control, my clothes were getting a little tighter, my hips and back were hurting, and the heart burn and indigestion was almost a daily occurance. I resolved myself to walk a little when I got home. After the sun started to go down and the worst of the heat of the day was over, I donned my tennis shoes (not the ones in the closet) and walked one mile in 20 minutes. One mile...one measly mile. (This includes my driveway which is a quarter mile long one way.) After I got home and took my shoes and socks off (because I hate wearing them) I sat in my chair and waited for the refreshed feeling of a walk, which I have heard about, wash over me. It didn't. So I was already discouraged.
After contemplating my 20 minute, one mile walk, I realized that it's going to take more than once before I start to feel better about myself. During work the next day, I was sitting at my computer and thought about the walk for that night and how far I was going. I thought....I should keep with one mile. Although it doesn't should like much, it's a start. I will try to keep the one mile walk for a week. Within that week, perhaps I could lessen the amount of time it was going to take for me to make that one mile walk. The next week I will extend my walk a half mile, and then another half, and another half. By doing this, I may not start out too fast and get burned out.
However, I know me and I know that I can start something but after a week, never do it again. Again, in my office (I do some of my best thinking there), I thought maybe I need to blog about it. If I start a blog and let my family and friends in on it, they may post and then I would be more apt to follow through. So, this is where I stand. Today is August 20th. I have set my alarm to wake me up at 7:00 tomorrow morning. Crazy! Tomorrow is Saturday and I am not, by any means, a morning person. I want to get up and start the day with a walk. I think I need to find the best time of the day for me. I have not taken a walk today, but have started this blog. Hopefully, I can hold myself accountable using this type of medium. Wish me luck with this endeavor and I can't wait to hear from you!
I wrote last night that I was going to get up this morning and walk at 7:00 on a Saturday morning. Guess what....I got up at 7:00. I was up and out of bed, but I don't think I was really awake. I checked my email, looked over this blog website to try to learn more about it, and thought......when I went to the gym and talked to the nutrionalist there, she said that you should eat 15-30 minutes before working out. So, I was trying to think what I have in the house that has protein in it. (protein is good for you) I thought I would boil a few eggs. So that's what I did. After eating my eggs, and getting dressed I started out for my walk at 8:00. I don't think that was so bad.
This morning when I walked past my neighbors house, she was out there with her dogs. She was standing my her garage door and said "get the paper". One of her dogs, grabbed the newspaper and took it back to her.....How do you train your dog to do that? I was way way impressed!!
Anyhoo, as I was walking this morning, I asked myself why I was doing this. Am I walking for the wrong reason, what is going on? I thought I should be walking to just feel better. For me, no other reason is greater. I just want to get through a day and not feel exhausted at the end. I want to feel better. I don't think I am doing this so much to lose weight (that would just be icing on the cake). I don't think I am doing this to eat better (that would be double icing on the cake).....well, if I was eating better, I wouldn't be eating cake, let alone that much icing. That would be bad for my....I digress. I am doing this just to feel better.
I do have a housekeeping note. This is not a private blog. This is open to the public so any average joe can post. I have not yet learned how to make it private. That being said, you can post to this by using the comments at the end. Just be careful not to use any personal info. I think first names are okay, but if you don't want to use that, use something so I know who you are. I would appreciate that.
Well, I guess that's all for now. Hopefully I can do this every day or two. LMF
I set out this morning a little before 9:00 and as I was walking down the driveway, a fawn jumped up. I own a small field between my house and the neighbors property that is tall and overgrown. My neighbor will cut it down in the fall and bail it for his horses. Anyway, I was walking down the driveway and I heard a noise in the field and movement cought my eye. My first thought was that one of my dogs got out of their pen and was running through the grass to catch me, but to my surprise, there was a fawn not 10 feet from me. It jumped up from the grass and ran out of it onto the driveway behind me and stopped. I looked at it and it looked at me and then he turned and slowly trotted off. It still had spots, although they were really hard to see. It was an old fawn or young adult deer. He was beautiful and graceful. If I hadn't walked this morning, I would have never seen that.
During my walk this morning, I thought about how disorganized I am. I have a list of a thousand (okay, that's an exageration) things to do but I have not the desire to do any of them. I think I'm going to have to change that.
Okay, so I took off for my walk tonight and as soon as I started walking up the hill, my calves were so tight. They were really sore, as I was walking. By the time I finished, they had loosened up. I think I need to stretch them out, but I'm not sure if I need to do this before or after my walk. Part of me thinks that I have to do before, but is it correct to stretch cold muscles? I just don't know.
I do have to say that I had a very productive day today, both at work and at home. That made me feel good. I am enjoying my walks and can't wait for tomorrows.
I am writing my blog with all the good, bad, gross, happy....everything. It was bad news tonight. I hope not to offend anyone's delicate nature, but the last quarter mile I walked, which was my driveway, I had to go to the bathroom something awful. So I am giving myself extra Kudos for tonights walk, for squeezing my butt cheeks. I worked extra hard that last quarter mile. I know that everyone has had that happen to them, but this is my blog and I thought I would share.....okay, enough TMI
I'm still at the 20 minute mile mark, and I'm still hoping to get faster at it. I was going to weigh myself yesterday so I could see if I was losing any weight, but I couldn't find the scale. It was put away at one time, and now it's not to be found....Once it shows up, I am going to weigh myself and keep track of that too.
Well, I had something else to say, but now I can't remember it. Maybe I'll remember it tomorrow. It's now time for bed. LMF
Today was my first class for the semester. It ran from 5:30-6:45. It’s not too long, but it is boring, and the prof doesn’t help with that. The class is finance, which isn’t really an exciting topic in the first place. Tomorrow’s class runs from 7:15-9:55 and is about 45 minutes from my house, which means I won’t get home until close to 11:00. Thursday, although not so far from home I have two to attend- one from 6:30-7:45 and then 7:15-9:55. That makes for a long day….after work. So, this is causing me to re-think when I do my daily walk. I have been walking after work but I don’t want to walk at midnight. So, I’m going to set my alarm and try to get up a few minutes earlier.
Tonight’s walk was totally awesome. I started out on my walk, my calves didn’t hurt as much, (thanks for the post about when to stretch my legs!) and I felt like I kept a good, steady pace. I concentrated on my posture and felt all around good about this walk. And, I did it in a minute less than I have before. Not a big deal, but it’s an improvement. I just felt like everything came together tonight. Perhaps I’m getting used to the walking.
After my walk tonight, I sat down and did my homework from class and was able to finish it all…woohoo! I will let you know how getting up earlier is for this non-morning person! LMF