I was thinking today about how proud I am of myself for making the decision to exercise and keep with it. When it comes to exercise I get very excited for the first week or so and then I stop, but here I am 10 weeks into it and I’m still going strong. I’m consistently running 3-5 days a week and decided after last night that I had to blog about it. Last night I was laying it bed and noticed a muscle on my leg that I’ve NEVER seen before, even in my skinny days. It was faint, but it was there. I started poking at my legs and just loved how rock hard they’ve become, specifically in my calf and outer thigh area but this muscle was on the inner thigh! No way! That’s the hardest part to develop! Anyway, it got me thinking of how much I’ve hated exercise and running in the past. Now I love it. I can’t not do it. It’s become part of my daily routine. It feels so good to get on the treadmill. I feel strong and energized. Now, I haven’t been able to keep up with the pace of the C25K running program but I’m making great progress. I would have never thought that I could run at 4.8 mph for 15 minutes straight. My asthma has never tolerated it, my muscles have never tolerated it, and I’ve certainly never tolerated! I just can’t tell you how good I feel, how much energy I have, and how much I LOVE the result. It’s an all over work out too. My glutes have gotten really firm, my under arm muscles have tightened, my stomach muscles have gotten firm, etc. It really is a total body work out and I really love it. I can’t wait until it warms up and I can run outside. My asthma is induced by many things but exercise and cold weather are two of the primary ones, so I can’t run outside until it’s warmer (that’s why my parents moved to Florida when I was young) but as I’ve gotten older my asthma has gotten better with exercise. I still have to use my albuterol but it’s worth it.
With all that being said I’m going to try something new. Tomorrow I’m going to pick up one of those Nike+ sensors which is supposed to work seamlessly with my iPhone and the C25K and GW28K apps which will show all sorts of great info. Anyway, I can’t wait to try it out and see what it says.
I have been very open about my weight struggles and exercising because I want to inspire someone else. I hope that someday when I make it to my goal I can say, “I did it and so can you!!!” Now I leave you with a photo of my running shoes on what I’ve nicknamed “t-mill” or “dreadmill.”
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