OT (Off Topic) – I have finally got my period. I think this liquid diet is helping with that somehow… but man oh man! These craps are killers! I just want to go home, curl up in a ball, and sleep. Taking Ibuprofin… and praying they simmer down some!
Sorry it took so long to post this today. I started it earlier but then had to leave for some doctors stuff and then did a bunch of running around and socializing. Here it is… 26 minutes before midnight!
Day 13: Exercise
Today’s topic for my ’15 days of Excitement’ is exercise. Who, in their right mind, would be excited about exercise, you may be asking… Normally not me. But I am excited for all the new possibilities and the ease with which exercise will be when I’m 100lbs lighter. I am excited for the day when I become and ‘athlete’. I’m looking forward to doing these exercises with my new healthy body:
I’ve tried running on and off for about 2.5 years now. There were times where I was motivating myself and pushing myself and having a great time. Then there were times where I hated it (this was most of the time). I want to learn to run and actually enjoy it. I know not everyone likes it and even after I lose the weight I may despise running, but I want to give it a try. I’m signed up for the Run For Your Lives Zombie 5k Obstacle Run on October 5th. This will be my second time doing it. I had a lot of fun last time but I was terribly out of shape and fell way behind the group of friends I went with because I had to stop and catch my breath often. This year, I want to keep up (or even pass them). I have found two other 5ks that look fun that are in my area-ish: The DC Color Run (where you get paint colors splattered on you throughout the course) and Run Drenched in Washington DC (a 5k meets water guns).
I have always enjoyed swimming. I grew up with a large in-ground pool in the backyard. When I was a kid, my sisters and I, along with neighborhood kids would play in the pool all summer. We would play all kinds of games and race and swim our hearts out. I always used to be the fastest… at least of the girls. But as I got older and fatter I started just floating around and being lazy. I would just lay out there to tan or to drink by the pool. And the bigger I got, I went from a one piece bathing suit to a tankini or a dress-bathing suit. These are not ideal for swimming a lot because they are heavy or drag more on the water. Or I would have problems of them coming off if jumping in the pool or swimming too fast. I cannot wait for all of that to be behind me. I want to love swimming like I did as a kid and have the energy to race my niece and nephews up and down the entire length of the pool. I want to feel comfortable being in a bathing suit for an entire day with getting in and out of the pool. I want to find that peace and comfort that I find in swimming underwater… to lose myself in the exercise and really enjoy doing it again.
Biking and me have not always got along… even when I was in some sort of shape to ride them. I’ve been in a few ‘accidents’ with my dear ol’ bike. The worst one was… one summer day I was riding with a friend and my sister and her friend started chasing us for fun. Well we wanted to get away so I was going as fast as I could and I looked back to see how close my sister was and BOOM! I ran into a pot hole, flipped off my bike, and face planted in the middle of the street. There was blood EVERYWHERE. I had braces on my teeth at the time and from the impact they had broke through my skin and my top lip was all mangled inside the braces. My mom took me to the dentist since my braces were all mangled and thought he would be able to better fix it. He said it was possible I could have lost a lot of my teeth if I didn’t have those braces in. I have never been more thankful for braces in my life. So, needless to say, I’m a little scared to ride bikes again BUT I want to try. I want to see if I can get the courage to attempt to ride. And I am excited for the chance at riding a bike without my large tummy getting in the way.
There is this class that I love at Gold’s Gym. It’s called Body Pump. It’s a mixture of weights and cardio that leaves you with a burn that makes you feel like you have accomplished something BIG! The first time I took this class I had trouble walking down stairs for day because my quads were so sore. I can do this class now BUT I’m looking forward to doing it at a healthier weight so that I can do ALL of the exercises for the ENTIRE time. There are some things that I have trouble doing now like the bicep dips, push ups, and sit ups. Sit ups are killer to me. I SUCK SO BAD at them! I can’t wait to be good at all of these activities because this is probably my favorite class at a gym I’ve ever taken.