Back in April, ed I took the plunge into the Couch to 5K program. My good friend Ted had started it and was raving about it. I knew I had to do something to get in shape, stomach so I plunked down three bucks for the iPhone app and started running.
The first workout has you running for a total of eight minutes, drug and those are broken up into one minute segments. But I still found it pretty grueling. Iâ€™ve never been one to run, and while I sometimes get on the exercise bike, I hadnâ€™t done that for months. By the time I got to work that day, I knew I was walking funny. My legs ached. Getting up from my desk was a struggle.
The second day was the same workout, and by the time I got to work, my only hope was that no one would notice that I was walking like a mummy. I couldnâ€™t bend my legs. But I was determined not to quit.
And by the end of the third workout (which was, admittedly, a couple days later), I was okay.
The workouts increased in intensity, and this morning was my last C25K workout. And to be honest, I went further than the program called for, running four miles without stopping.
I never thought Iâ€™d be a guy who runs for pleasure, but I find myself really enjoying it now. The days when I canâ€™t run (either due to weather or just oversleeping), I still hit the exercise bike.
When I started C25K, I also decided to start a new diet program. At 210 pounds, I had gained back over thirty of the seventy pounds I had lost years ago on the Atkins Diet. But I knew Atkins wouldnâ€™t work again. So I decided to go low calorie. I met with my chiropractor, and he recommended a 2400 calorie per day limit. Iâ€™ve never been one to back down from a challenge, so I decided to stay under 2000. At around 1850, actually. I grabbed the loseit.com app for my iPhone and started tracking my calories and my workouts. Tracking my calories obsessively really made me aware of what I was eating, and it forced me to â€œbudgetâ€ my food better. Hmmm…. if I have that second helping of steak, I wonâ€™t have any calories left to spend on some pretzels during LOST tonight.
That was nine weeks and 23 pounds ago. This morning after my run, I weighed in at 187. I was thrilled, but I know I still have more to lose.
But anyway, Iâ€™ve been amazed at how much running has improved my life.
Since I started running:
1. I have lost 23 pounds, as mentioned above.
2. my waist is at least 3 inches smaller.
3. my gut has started to disappear, which is weird since I havenâ€™t been doing any stomach exercises.
4. stairs donâ€™t leave me winded anymore.
5. my kids canâ€™t get away from me. 🙂
6. I have way more energy than I used to.
7. Iâ€™m sleeping better and waking up better, and thatâ€™s without giving up caffeine.
8. I actually went to the Apple Store and bought an armband for my iPhone so I can run without having to hold it.
9. Iâ€™ve gotten closer to some friends who are runners. We get together almost every Saturday to run, because running with others can be really encouraging.
10. Iâ€™ve registered for a 5K race. My first. And I know it wonâ€™t be my last.
11. my daughter has expressed tentative interest in trying C25K.
12. my wife has remarked how much she enjoys being able to actually put her arms around me.
13. I am proud of myself. I set a goal and I achieved it.