Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I ran again... Finally!

Clearly my previous post about starting to run was a joke... since that was two months ago, and I only ran twice. Fail. Epic Fail.

See here's my problem. I'm full of excuses. I'm too tired. Fynn wouldn't go to bed. I have too much work to do... I could go on for days. But once I'm done listing all the excuses, I'm still stuck with the stark reality; I'm not happy in my body right now.

The year before I got pregnant, I got into the best shape of my life. I was eating well, I went to the gym 5-6 days a week. I was strong, healthy, and looked damn good.

Then I grew that little 6 lb 2 oz human being inside me and it all went to hell. I kept up (decent) workout until I was about 7 months pregnant, but then all the braxton hicks contractions got the better of me and I gave up. From there the excuses just kept coming from me. My biggest one was the excuse that I was losing weight without exercising, which made it easy to ignore the fact that I was eating crap and my most rigorous exercise was lugging the baby up and down the stairs several times a day. 

Now that Fynn's getting older, and not nursing as much... that excuse is fading. Yes, I'm back to my pre-pregnancy weight. It was shockingly easy for me to lose the actual pounds. And I did it while eating a lot more calories then I needed. While the weight may say I have my body back, the mirror and my clothes do not. Parts of my body that used to be tight and strong are now flabby and weak. I don't like the way my clothing fits. And I don't like the way I feel in my body right now.

So, I'm making a change. And I'm hoping that by putting it out here, I will have the motivation and push I need to keep this change. Here's the plan

1) Stop eating so much junk. I'm not going to attempt some strict diet. I am still nursing, and I don't want strict calorie counting or food restrictions to jeopardize that, but I am going to be more mindful of what I eat. For example the ice cream, or the bagels, or all the other stuff that I inhale without thought. Hopefully the fact that Drew's already doing this will make it easier for me to make better choice.

2) Start the Couch 2 5K. I did Week 1, Day 1 last night. It was pretty easy, which hopefully means I won't give up on day 2. Tonight my goal is to do day 2... here's hoping I don't find an excuse. Actually, someone should e-mail me tonight to see if I've run yet. Seriously. MyShowAmanda@gmail.com. Someone, please do it. Make me feel like a fat slob if I haven't run yet tonight  so that I feel peer pressured into do it. Seem stupid, but it might be the kick in the butt I need to, well, get off my butt. 

That's it. The whole plan. Knowing myself the way I do, I know I need to keep it simple and manageable. I make up enough excuses as it is. A complicated, extensive plan just isn't a good idea. Hopefully this plan will make it so I go less than 2 months before I talk about running again :) 


  1. The only person that can hold you back is yourself, but you can do it! I also am working on getting back into shape after having my daughter...no excuses, I want to like myself again! lol

  2. Running is literally one of the hardest things in the world for me to do. I do self defense classes and when we warm up in the beginning I literally feel like dying! Luckily, being a part of a class like that where I have to participate keeps me going. If I try to run on my own, I seriously cannot even make myself. I am not good at self-motivation, so I make someone else motivate me! LOL. Good luck to you- you sound like you are off to a better start than me!

  3. Master of excuses here too when it comes to working out. Yay for dusting yourself off and getting back at it! I need to do the same thing. Keep it up girl!


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