I have a confession. I haven’t been running as much as I should/could/have in the past. I’m going about 2 times per week and still going to training once a week. I’m finding it really hard to find the time, which is not a great excuse, but it’s so dark and cold in the early mornings and at night that I’d rather not go then, and I don’t have a treadmill. So that leaves before and after work and weekends. Which sounds like a lot of time, but between dropping and picking Nick up from kindy and work hours being extended on a few days, I find myself running around like a chook with its head chopped off when I try to squeeze in a run.
I’ve realised that a lot of things we do at personal training I could actually be doing at home. So last night we went shopping and picked up some boxing gloves and pads. I really enjoy the boxing, and I can feel it working my arms after a good punching session. This gives me a bit more flexibility on days I don’t run to come home and still do some kind of work out.
I think what I really need is a schedule. My work hours are set, Nicks kindy hours/days are set, so I can schedule in my running, group training and at home training around those. And make sure I schedule in one or two down times as well. This will change as the weather gets warmer, but it’s a start. Thursday’s are a good afternoon for me to run, but I’m finding myself so sore from training Wednesday night that it’s become a rest day. Fridays I still hurt, too! But I can’t keep using that as an excuse. I just need to sit down and figure something out.
The weight isn’t exactly falling off, but my clothes are fitting so much better. Actually they’re not just fitting better,they’re getting quite loose. My Lorna Jane pants are actually falling down as I run so I’ve been looking on eBay for a pair the next size down. I feel sick about spending almost $200 on pants that 2 months later don’t fit, but at least it’s because they’re too big,and not because I haven’t used them and they’re too small!
I have turned an important corner in the fitness and weight loss journey. I finally understand that this whole thing is a process, a marathon. It is not a sprint, there is no easy, overnight magical cure. It takes hard work, discipline, and commitment. But you also have to allow yourself some rest time,a treat occasionally, and to still enjoy life. It’s a delicate and difficult balance. But it is achievable and when you find it, it makes it all worth it.
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