Monday, April 8, 2013
If I Can, So Can You!
I'm going to confess my deep dark secret once and for all....I'm kind of lazy.
(Although this probably is not a big revelation to the people that know me.)
I have a job that I work hard at and I have five kids, three dogs and three cats. Caring for all of these things and keeping a house will drain anyone and the idea of working out was kind of like the idea of visiting Egypt: I really want to do it someday...but this is not that day.
Also, to be perfectly honest, I would hurt like hell after exerting myself. My back and hip pain had been getting progressively worse over the years--likely due to the pregnancies and carrying around children all day. As I have gotten older the pain has been more frequent. Like daily. Getting out of bed in the morning I felt like I was in worse shape than my 83 year old mother! I took ibuprofen daily.
So, like most women, I had a nice list of excuses (or if you rather, reasons) for not being active. For spending far too much time on the sofa instead of on my feet. I was freaking exhausted and in pain. What are you going to do?
I will tell you what I did...
I signed up for a 5k!
Good grief! What was I thinking? I hadn't run since middle school. I got winded walking up a flight of stairs! I weighed the most I have ever weighed (not pregnant) and it was settling around my midsection. I was beginning to add knee pain, joint pain and high cholesterol to my list of ailments. I knew I had to do something or I was heading down the fast track to a heart attack.
But a 5k???
Motivation, baby! I know my limitations mentally and lack of motivation was a huge barrier on my road to health and fitness.