Last month I made the decision to improve my health, starting mainly with my weight. My roommate Murray and I have joined Weight Watchers and in just 6 weeks we both have lost more than 10lbs each. I don’t mean to sound like a WW commercial, but its the most sensible, logical program I have ever tried. I feel great, not deprived and I am steadly losing the pounds that I want to shed. Their little tagline “WW, because it works!” Is totaly spot on. I’m losing weight, and I haven’t set foot in the gym.
Which brings me to last weekend. We both wanted to up our activity level, and I have always thought that jogging seemed intriguing. Murray used to jog back in the day and she was very encouraging about it. A mutual friend of ours posted on FB that she was trying out this program Couch 2 5K. A nine week program that eases you into jogging and turns non-runners into runners capable of running 5K, or 3.1 miles. I found out that there was an iphone app for it, and that’s all the nudging I needed.
The weather has finally cooled off enough that it doesn’t seem like masochism and on Sunday 9/12 we laced up our sneakers and got to trotting. It starts with a brisk 5 minute warm-up walk, followed by 1 minute jog and 1 1/2 minute walk intervals. It was actually kind of nice! But please don’t mistake nice with easy! I really had to push myself the second half to run the full minute each time. I’m a bit sore after workout #2 and #3 but I am proud of myself for going outside my comfort level and trying something new. I have 8 more weeks of training to reach my goal of being able to run 5k, and by then I will have whittled away more than half of the remaining 30lbs that I need to loose. I’ll keep you posted! Wish me luck! -m