I’ll be the first one to admit that I’ve been having a lot of problems in the motivation department lately, especially when it comes to my health. As I’ve mentioned recently, I’m probably as big as I’ve ever been as an adult and that, my friends, just isn’t health OR attractive.
And I love Sunshine to death, but for whatever reason her efforts to get my ass moving and doing things in a healthier way just haven’t been working. It’s totally NOT her, for the record…it’s 100% on me and my “funk” that I’ve been in.
Late last week, however, a really good friend asked if I could help them get motivated for trying the Couch-To-5K app that they downloaded. They wanted to work up to running a 5K race in June.
I can’t explain why, but that was the kick in the ass that I needed as motivation. Here we were…two people training at the same time at the same pace for the same end goal. My friend compared it to a guy who was having trouble quitting smoking. His wife pleaded with him to do it, but he just couldn’t bring himself to try. A buddy then came along and suggested they try quitting together…and that’s what it took.
Regardless of the reason, I’m now two days into my Couch-2-5K training and I’ll be honest: it sucks!
I was hurting in various places after Day One. My friend was also sore…but they didn’t do as much stretching as I did because I felt better as the day went on where they still felt sore.
I’m considering signing up for a 5K race in May, which doesn’t give me a ton of time to prepare. The app says I should be ready in nine weeks…I guess we’ll see. My friend is running a 5K in June, so we’re both going all-out with this and we’re like a couple of school kids training for the under-12 track-n-field event.
And by “all out”, I’m starting up my own online diary to track my daily activities. This isn’t just to keep myself honest and accountable, but it’s also for anybody else out there who might be nervous or scared or unmotivated to get up off the couch and do this themselves. Honestly…if I can do it, ANYBODY can do it!!
Here’s the diary: CBG Couch to 5K
I also decided to put this one on a separate blog so that my multiple diary posts don’t clog up on my personal blog. I really want this to be a journal of my ups and downs as I go forward towards the goal of actually running in a 5K race.
I’m currently at 234lbs…which is only six pounds under my all-time heaviest weight. My short-term goal is to get back down to 220lbs. My long-term goal is to get to 200lbs. But really, this isn’t about losing weight at this point. This is about getting out of the funk I’ve been in and getting out there and grabbing life by the balls. I’m tired of coming up with excuse after excuse. The time for words is done. The time for action begins now!!