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I love the summer. 

The days are so much longer.  There is more time to go out after work and still feel like I’m enjoying the day. 

It’s wonderful.

Hubby and I took up walking during these long summer afternoons.

It’s great.

The neighborhood above our apartment complex is a long loop that consists of two pretty hefty hills.  The first time we did it, I was dying.  My shins had no idea what they were up for.  My legs felt like jello and I had to literally lean against the shower wall afterwards because my legs decided they didn’t want to work after that.

Earlier this week, we decided to walk Miramar Lake.. I think that’s what it’s called. 

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It’s it beautiful?!

The entire walk would have been about 5 miles, but because we had M with us, we decided to not do the entire walk around.  We did a brisk 15 minute walk in one direction, then turned around and did another 15 minute walk back, then leisurely walked around to discover more of the other side of the area…

Luckily, M was asleep, so I wasn’t too concerned about her being bored while we walked.

These walks are great.  Hubby and I get some time together AND I’m doing some sort of physical activity..

But the sweating?!  Ew.

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So, I have a confession to make.

Remember back in February when I said that I was going to run a mile every two days for this year?

Well..

That lasted a month!

What happened was that I got pretty under the weather and stopped.. and it’s been soooo hard to get back on track.

I know.. excuses, excuses..

So.. I thought it was ok… I really wanted to concentrate on my scrapbooking and cardmaking that I felt like I really had NO time to incorporate the run..

Plus.. I’ve never really like running.. so it was easy for me to just tell myself to skip it..

I told myself that as long as I kept my weight the same (143lbs) that I can work on my diet and slowly get the weight down that way..

I ended up gaining 4 lbs.. now at my heaviest lately, I’ve been 147lbs. 

NOT GOOD!

I need to do something.. and take it seriously this time..

But, because of all this “fitness goals of the year” thing, I learned a bit about myself.

I learned that I DON”T like exercise.  I don’t like running.  I don’t like anything that really makes me burn and sweat.  Sorry, but it’s the truth.  I. Don’t. Like. Exercise.

I liked pilates, but with the limited amount of space per class, it was hard to schedule myself in because I would schedule far in advance, then something would happen and I’d have to cancel last minute and lose the class…

I LOVE yoga.. but only with a class and those places are pretty pricey.. AND the class times don’t fit my desired schedule..

I’m not a runner.. I’m not a weights lifting type person.. I’m just not into it.. no matter how much I try to convince myself that I need to do this.. I dislike it that much to really push myself to do it..

God’s honest truth.

I also learned that I can’t look at things as a “year-long” goal.  Huge goals like this overwhelm me.. not only in exercise, but in pretty much everything I do.  Goals are “too big” for me.. especially if I set them as “all year” type things.. I can’t look at things in the “big picture.”  It overwhelms me and I just give up.

That’s just me.

So… I juggle my fitness and exercise the same way I juggle my craft projects.  I will break them down into small do-able tasks.. one day at a time..

The mentality of “today I will do….” makes things much easier for me to accomplish.. and I don’t feel so overwhelmed..

I decided to start on my diet.  Once I got the food intake back on track, the exercise would slowly make it’s way back in.

I start small. 

Last Friday’s goal was “Today, I will have a salad for lunch,” and I did.

Today, I will NOT get a fancy Starbucks coffee.  I will drink from home with my sugar-free hazelnut creamer. 

My “fitness challenge” wasn’t in vain.. although I failed physically, I learned a lot about myself and I can now adjust my life to fit my mentality more.  I think that this will fair a lot better than what I tried to do for myself in February.

So I did it! 

I ran my first mile for my personal fitness challenge.

I got home from work on Tuesday, put on my running clothes, walked to the apartment gym, got on that treadmill and… jogged.

I’ve never been a runner, so the jogging is an accomplishment on its own!

I ran at 3.5 speed on the treadmill.  I don’t know if all treadmills follow that particular numbering system, but it seems like every treadmill I’ve gone on is the same.

I actually jogged straight for 0.6mi.  Then I walked from 0.6-0.7mi, then jogged again from 0.7-0.9mi, and then walked from 0.9-1.0mi.

That means I jogged for a total of 0.8mi and briskedly walked for 0.2mi.

That session took 19 minutes to complete.

It may seem like a long time for most people, but for me, that is a major accomplishment.

I could NEVER finish a mile in under half an hour.. even in my middle school and high school days.  I could NEVER run for half a mile straight before, so running a little over half a mile was very encouraging for me.

The next day, I was sore.  I guess my legs just aren’t used to this anymore.

I’m very encouraged from this first run.  I really think I can do this!


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