I will be the first to admit that I hate working out. I am not a fitness guru, I adore fried pickles, and running is probably my least favorite thing in the world to do.
I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth and just naturally prefer fruits and vegetables over anything, so that’s been a saving grace. Over the past year or so, I’ve eliminated most of my pop (or soda, whichever ya’ll prefer) intake. Every once in awhile, I’ll have pop at a restaurant or buy a cold Coca-Cola, sometimes with a bit of Jack added, because it’s my favorite, but mostly I stick to water and tea. Since I’ve been without the hubs, my alcohol intake has gone way down (not that we’re alcoholics – we just like our wine and mojitos), and for the sake of saving money, I’ve been trying not to eat out TOO often. With all of this in mind, it dawned on me that even though I’ve been making an effort to eat and drink right, I wasn’t doing much to better myself in any other way.
About two weeks ago, I decided to make it apart of my daily routine to run. I’m not training for a marathon or anything, and I’m not trying to be obsessive about my weight; I just like to see those positive changes in my body when I put in the effort. Every time I go out to run or walk, I notice myself getting better, and I no longer feel like I’m about to keel over and die after running a mile, even though I still feel pretty yucky. I’ve been running down to Fairview Cemetery and back, around the circle where North School used to be, and at Powers reservoir. Sometimes I run twice a day, sometimes just once, but the fact that I’m getting my booty out there and trying makes me mighty proud of myself. Not to mention the nice weather helps. Try to get me outside to run on a 15 degree winter day. Fuh-get about it.
Anyway, I thought that I would share some things that have been helping me get through eating healthy, running, yoga, and random other exercises I’ve been putting myself through.
1) Keep water handy. I’ve been averaging about 96 oz. of water per day, and call me crazy, but I swear my complexion is reflecting it.
2) Don’t deprive yourself. I still have a Reese’s cup once in awhile, go to Starbucks, and last night I ate a black bean burger, piled high with toppings, and fries from Johnny Biggs. I’m not going crazy with dieting, and counting calories sucks. You can still have your favorites, just have them in moderation.
3) Find some great music to work-out to. I’ve been listening to Fall Out Boy’s new album literally non-stop, and it helps me get through my morning jogs. It’s catchy, upbeat, and mouthing the words helps me to take my mind off of how I can’t breathe. Ha!
4) Push yourself, but don’t kill yourself. Set personal goals, and don’t compare yourself to others. I’m still not running for more than a mile straight. I get to a mile, which is a huge feat for me, and I give myself a break. I know all of you marathon runners can beat me times 100, but for my personal goal, I’m doing pretty darn well.
5) Before you go out with your friends, Google some healthy adult beverages before you order something loaded with calories. This is something that I’m just about to do, actually. My sweet friends and I are meeting in Columbus tomorrow for a night out, and I’ve made a mental note to look up some semi-healthy drinks to sip on.
6) Utilize technology. I’ve been using MapMyRun on my phone, which tracks my routes, times, calories, etc. so I know where I am in my run. You can even share your work-outs on social networking sites when you’re finished, if you’re into that. I also purchased a step counter that I attach to my hip, which also gives me Kcals, fat burnt, etc. for $14.99 at Target. It’s not the fanciest gadget on the market, but it works for me.
I keep telling myself that anything is better than nothing. I just want to give myself a chance to feel good and be proud of the work that I’ve done. If anyone has any tips for ME, please leave them in the comments!
I’ll update soon, everyone!