I posted this in jest as a status update the other day, but it does have a ring of truth to it!
Recently I decided I wanted to participate in a unique 5K run called The Color Run. It’s taking place in Washington D.C. in the fall. If you want to see something amazing type in “The Color Run” on YouTube or a search engine. It’s a fun run, not a competitive distance run, yet it is still a run if you want it to be, and I do. Let me remember to add this key point - I have never run in any kind of a race in my life, and the idea of being a runner is as foreign to me as the idea of being say, a robotic engineer!
What’s great about this race is that it’s COMPLETELY for fun. Your entry fee is reasonable and goes to a local charity. You can walk, jog, skip, or dance your way to the finish line and best of all, you end up covered head to toe in brightly colored powder by the time you finish. You really do have to go look it up!
So I embarked on a very popular training program called Couch to 5K (or C25K), which leads you through a slow but steady progression of running workouts. The plan is that you alternate between walking and running, increasing your running time until you are able to run the whole 5K without walking. I frankly can’t imagine being able to run three miles, but I’m ignoring that for the time being because amazingly, I LOVE this program.
Please remember that less than two years ago I was 262 pounds, stagnant, fatigued and unmotivated. I have NEVER been a runner. I’m still not. MAYBE I am a jogger, sort of, a little. I think the term “wogger” is most accurate, someone who walks and jogs.
I’m not someone who was in great shape for years and who used to run but fell off the wagon. I haven’t been athletic since high school, and I’m rounding the corner to my 40th birthday in a little over a year. But this C25K program seems doable!
I am only on week three, but so far it’s motivating me to keep with it and that’s something. I like the feeling of accomplishment I get at the end of my work out. It’s challenging, but it’s not so hard that I feel like giving up.
I really do love to bake, and while I try to cook healthily, sometimes the summer fruits at the farmers market beg to be turned into a pie. Today though, I know that I’m going to be *gulp* jogging after work so I don’t feel as horrible about the sliver I enjoyed after lunch. I believe that even after weight loss surgery you have to find balance and do the best you can every day.
Surgery wasn’t a quick fix, it was a decision that changed how I will live my life forever, and I plan to continue to make the most of it for years to come.
-Written by Bettina M. Straight, Employee Engagement & Communications Consultant, LifeBridge Health, Human Resources
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