Saturday, August 13, 2011

The best of intentions

I've been here before. Two years ago, in a desperate attempt to shed a few pounds before going wedding dress shopping, I started running. I could make it 2.5 miles at most, including walking breaks. I kept it up for almost 4 months, and I'm not even sure what made me give it up... I guess the same thing that causes me to give up all my other fitness plans - I get tired of them and they fall by the wayside. I can't remember how many times ive started Insanity or P90X, but I've never made it longer than 45 days. Running always seemed to me like one of those hobbies that gets under your skin and eventually you WANT to do it. Exercise that I actually want to do, seems too good to be true! The problem is it takes a lot of miles that you suffer through before you make it to that point. I'm a very impatient person (hence all the abandoned fitness regimes) and I worry I'll never make it to the place where I love running.

But I want to run, I really do! So I've created this blog to declare my intention to do what it takes to become a runner! I'm going to get out there, pound the pavement, huff and puff and sweat my butt off. I'm going to do it until i love it.

In addition to wanting to love my chosen form of exercise, I have some personal issues I want to battle with running. I went to the doctor today and weighed in at 156 pounds, my heaviest ever. 80% of my clothes don't fit. My lifestyle also needs a serious overhaul. It's midnight, and I'm sitting in bed reading articles on Runner's World and creating running blogs on my iPad. That pretty much exemplifies my lifestyle - sit around and read online about doing cool things. Nothing motivates me anymore and I get irritated about doing any kind of productive activity that doesnt involve researching my latest obsession online or watching HGTV all day long. On Monday I'm starting a new chapter of my life, in which I run and get things done (and rhyme, apparently.

I hope this blog will serve as an accountability and motivational tool. I plan to blog about each run so I can watch as I improve and remind myself why I'm doing this. Along those lines, I'll start with 10 reasons why I want to run.

1) I want to start an exercise regimen that I can continue the rest of my life.
2) I really want one of those 13.1 or 26.2 stickers to put on my car.
3) I can't fit into the clothes that were my "fat clothes" a few months ago.
4) I want to motivate my husband to exercise as well.
5) I want to wear sexy backless dresses.
6) I want to have more energy to get out of bed each day.
7) I want to accomplish a goal entirely on my own.
8) I want to feel confident enough to work out in just a sports bra.
9) I want to actually like photos taken of myself.
10) I want a new outlook on life.

Stay tuned :)

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