Wanna know if someone runs? Oh, don’t worry, they will tell you, and post about it to IG and FB. If you know me IRL (that’s cool blog slang for: in real life) then you have seen my running posts.
You know where I look tired, but accomplished, and have my stats up there for everyone to see. Oh, and of course, the weather screenshot is a must. (How else can everyone be like Wow! It was hot/cold/rainy/perfect weather when she ran… she must be a real runner?!)
I kid, I kid… but not really…. I post all those things. I do it because running literally gave me my life back. I ran off over 100lbs and got my self-confidence back. In full fitness health disclosure: I also lift heavy and eat right (most of the time, the struggle is real, people). But, when I first got back in the fitness game, it was just me and running.
I downloaded a Couch to 5K app on my phone. This was after talking the husband into buying me a treadmill so I wouldn’t have to run in front of people.
I remember crying after day one.
I couldn’t even run 45 seconds! I could not believe I had really let myself get so unhealthy. I took a Sharpie and wrote 5K on my treadmill, so I would have to look at that goal every time I wanted to stop, because it was hard. It was hard, it was really, really, really hard.
I tried to fit in runs when my kids where napping or when the husband got home from work. My body hated me! Trying to run at close to 300lbs is not easy, people! It took days to recover. My first 5K wasn’t pretty, or even that great. I can do a post for y’all one day on how to make every rookie mistake during a race. But the point is: I ran it. I finished it nowhere near under 30 minutes. And I was hooked.
I later added 10K and 13.1 to my treadmill and I have crossed them off now, too.
So, if you are thinking I want to start, but do not know how, or I want to start, but I’m so far gone, what’s the point? Know you literally can make one change and you can change your life.
Here are some things that worked for me at the beginning.
1. I didn’t try to workout everyday. I committed to following the Couch to 5K app which had me “run” three days a week.
2. I made better eating choices. I tracked my food in MyFitnessPal.
3. I drank water and drank water and drank water. Oh, and did I mention: I drank water.
4. I reminded myself that I was not a neglectful mom if I went on a 45 minute run and let the husband watch the kids.
5. I did not compare myself to others! Easier said than done, I know! I had to get real with myself and realize: this is where I am now and I can get better, or I can stay the same, or even get worse. But where other people are in their life isn’t a reflection on my goals! I really do believe we can all finish!!
6. I made a motivation board on Pintrest. I know that sounds silly but it really did help me!
7. I found other moms on social media that had fitness goals as well.
8. This may be the most important one: I bought really good running shoes. No one wants to run or workout in shoes that hurt!
It can be overwhelming at first and it can seem like that number on the scale is just too big to deal with. But just take it one day and one pound at a time. I read somewhere, probably on Pintrest, that it took a while to put the weight on and it’s not going to come off over night.
Do you have any sayings that really help you or really give you motivation? Or anything you did that really made a difference at the beginning or middle or now? I would love for you to share them!
Last thing. You should be following me on Instagram – fitnessfridays23. I post workouts and cool stuff on there. Oh, and also I have a challenge coming up if you want to participate, info will be posted on IG soon!
My disclaimer: I am not a professional/expert anything. These posts are just me sharing cool fitness stuff with you because I like fitness. Please consult a doctor or dietitian before starting anything.