Thursday, November 3, 2011

Confessions from the couch

You know, one of the very first things I packed in my suitcase for LA was my running shoes & workout clothes. You know how many times I used them while I was there…ZERO.

I seem to have slipped off the exercise wagon. I haven’t ran or worked out of any kind (minus some house cleaning and the tons of walking we did in LA) since the Saturday after my marathon.

At first I wasn’t working out because of my foot and a little injury acquired from the marathon. But now that injury seems to be cleared right up, yet….I’m still not running.

My gym membership is no longer active, yet I have a treadmill and an elliptical machine right in my damn bedroom, however…They are not being turned on.

I know this is just a phase. A phase that is completely normal and can come and go. But if there’s anything I’ve learned over the past 3+ years as a Weight Watcher member, it is that I have to be careful to not turn phases into habits.

A lot of people have been asking me what my race schedule looks like for 2012 and honestly, it looks empty and I plan to keep it that way for right now. BUT that’s not because I’m choosing to be a lazy couch potato again though. I had kind of fallen out of love with running and I felt like I was just running for all these races and not for myself. I want to get back to running for ME and only ME!!

So that is what I plan to do. Take small steps again and get back on the road and/or treadmill. Take the small steps to get my body moving again because I do not like how my body feels…sluggish, tired, weak. It’s amazing what just a couple of weeks off will do to you and your body.  Also, I have to train myself mentally to get back into the routine and as many of you know, thats the hardest part.  So feel free to yell at me and call me names to help push my ass off the couch.

So there’s my confession…I haven’t been exercising the past few weeks. I’m no priest (though I’m pretty sure I’m close to sainthood) but all I need is to get a run in this weekend to be saved.

**I just want to thank everyone again for all the nice comments, retweets, re-posts, likes and everything else about my online success story with Weight Watchers.  It means SO much to me!!  I feel so honored to have done that and I am SO proud of it.  Also, I plan to do a little re-cap from my trip to California (of course, I have to leave out details about the commercial and what exactly I was doing out there for right now).  At this moment I'm just trying to get adjusted back to East Coast time and getting everything back on track since I'm physically and mentally a little off whack.**

4 comments:

  1. This is an AWESOME post. Thank you so much. You inspired my post for the day. http://chubbygf.blogspot.com/2011/11/november-3.html

    You are so inspiring!

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  2. Reading your post today makes me want to try harder. I did walk this morning in very cold temps and wind...4 miles
    I love to run but only do in the Spring and Summer because of the extra clothes this time of year. I miss it! Thanks for sharing today.

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  3. I really enjoyed this post. But I have to tell you, I've read a lot over the years about training for athletes, both before and after major events. I can't quote anything or direct you to a website, but I do recall that every single one of those publications mentioned a required two to three week break from exercise after completion of the major event. You've been pushing so hard, your body just needs a bit of R&R! Definitely get back into the groove, but don't beat yourself up too much. Your body needed time to mend from the amazing achievement! Keep it up, and please keep posting! You inspire me every single day.

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  4. "I want to get back to running for ME and only ME!!"

    I get tunnel-vision when training - and nothing marathon-distance - and I've had this feeling, too.

    Sick of training, sick of running toward a goal instead of just running for fun. Run and have fun.

    Thank you for your honesty, you rock.

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