I mentioned earlier in December that I started exercising more. I said I would talk about it more so now is as good of a time as any, right at the beginning of a new year.
One of my excuses for not exercising was I had no time. I woke up too early for work, came home too late and exhausted. That schedule ended back in March, now most of my mornings were FREE! This past Summer I was at my heaviest *ever* and I just said "Enough is enough!" I started lifting my weights in July, almost every day. After a couple of weeks I was already feeling a little more confident and dropped a couple of pounds but still had a ways to go. I knew I had to suck it up and add more cardio to my routine.
I used to power walk once in a while, maybe a few times a month but that just wasn't enough. One Monday morning (November 10, 2014 actually) I woke up and thought "I'm walking today." During that walk I started to jog a little. I don't jog. I don't run. EVER! What made me do it today? No clue. I walked, jogged, walked some more and didn't pass out!
I know a few runners. If you know any runners then you know that they REALLY love running. I never understood it. I thought they were crazy, but they might be on to something. Maybe jogging those few steps triggered some endorphins in my brain because I went home afterward and downloaded MapMyRun on my phone thinking, "I'm doing this again tomorrow!" and I did. I actually did it every day that week and took Saturday and Sunday off.
The cold weather didn't stop me which surprised me even more! I picked the WORST time to get in shape, right before the Holidays in an unseasably cold late Fall but if I'm dressed properly, the cold isn't too bad. Cold and raining on the other hand? I'm still staying in bed and lift some weights later. I've grown to actually like outdoor winter exercising! I still suck at jogging but I try to do some of it each day.
I don't diet, screw that! Diets don't work for me. If there is a food I love, I'm gonna eat it, especially if it involves CAKE. Depriving myself just doesn't work. There are certain foods I don't want to eat anymore. My eating habits started to change naturally and I started making better choices. Although I did recently treat myself after doing 3 miles a day, five days in a row....
The support and encouragment I've been getting from friends on Facebook & Instagram has been awesome. This is a new chapter in my life that I'd like to share more about here once in a while.
Damn that donut looks good, I really want one right now.
Do you workout regularly? What is your routine? Jogging? Yoga? Gym? How do you stay motivated? Especially in the Winter?