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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ready? Set. Go!

Lately God has been setting things into motion for us to finally accomplish some long-time goals, namely to get out of debt faster (thus the upcoming move) and to get healthier. As you may or may not know, we've been doing Weight Watchers since February and are still trucking along pretty well on the program.

However last week we had dinner with some friends of ours we hadn't seen in a while, and I must say I have been inspired! My friend found and participated with the Couch-2-5K Program, which teaches in a healthy way a sedentary person how to be able to run a 5k (3.1 miles) in a 9 week period of time. Well, my friend looked great and just raved about the program. I'd heard of it before recently and had been considering looking into it. Well I did and was very impressed!

I went last weekend and bought some better (and cuter!) clothes which, for me, helps motivate me if I can only wear them when I run. The program has you run (or jog) at intervals with walking three times a week. You can pick when you want to work out, but you have to skip every other day to give your body time to heal itself and adjust to the non-sedentary lifestyle you're working toward. There are podcasts and apps that help you do this (just search for Couch 2 5k or use this link as a starting point: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml).

I did my first "run" last Saturday and struggled quite a bit, but afterward I was thrilled with the program and felt good about accomplishing something like this. I did my second run this morning before work and am still waiting to feel the exhaustion overtake me, so things are looking promising for me to achieve this goal. I do think I might repeat the first week so I have more time to adjust to this program, but for me, I really think this might help. Woohoo! Thankfully my hubby has been very supportive and encouraging.

If you have questions about it, feel free to ask me. I'm still in the 'honeymoon phase' of the program, but am very encouraged by the progress I can tell I've made so far (after two runs!).