Friday, October 31, 2008

Photo of the Week: "It's Time"



I was at the doctor yesterday and found out that not only is my blood pressure really high, but I've gained a total of 20 pounds over the last four years. Not good, not good at all. That actually has scared me into changing my ways, especially having high blood pressure, which I don't normally have.

So I'm reuniting with these old friends of mine, my New Balance 805 running shoes. Well-loved and well-worn, they have carried me through many a run, whether outside in the forest preserve or in my basement on our old treadmill. They helped me get in shape for my wedding this summer, and now they're ready to help me do it again. They've been patiently waiting for me to wear them again, and now I'm back. Yay!

It's time to get back on the treadmill, sidewalks, paths, and get back into shape. Time to get healthy and watch what I eat, take care of myself, and rediscover my formerly healthy body. I miss it so much, too. I miss feeling healthy and good every day, I miss feeling energetic, I miss being shapely and fitting in all my clothes, and I miss the good feeling I get from taking care of myself. I just miss feeling at the top of my game and feeling good about my body, and I've let things get to this point, so it's my fault. So I'm going to be the one to make it right and make the change. And that change starts with these shoes. My first run is scheduled for Sunday morning, but I'll definitely be doing some walking before then.

And in the spirit of being healthier, I'm going to take a breather tonight (Thursday) and hit the hay early. I've been up since 3:10 a.m. because I had to drive to Pete to work early, and I'm tired and achy and just plain run down. So I'm going to abstain from blogging tonight (including reading all my favorite blogs, boo hoo!) and get some rest.

I'll see you all tomorrow!

10 comments:

avant garde said...

you do it! i run, and love it. it really helps either to walk or run, any cardio is best. you'll find that you miss it if you can't or don't have time. on a great week with lots of time, i'll run every other day, on busier weeks, it's only 2 times that week, but every little bit counts! i'm to bed early tonight too, lots of late nights...pleasant dreams!

Chris said...

Thanks for the motivation :) I used to run like you did too , all the time, about 18-20 miles a week and LOVED it. But I got burned out and lazy. Now I'm missing it so much I'm daydreaming about it all the time! It's like riding a bike for me. It doesn't take much to get back up to the level I was at, thankfully!

Katie said...

Best wishes for you to get back to where you want to be! :-) I've always admired (and been a bit jealous) of how you decided to get healthy and went for it!

I think I'm finally at a point where I'm really ready to make some more changes in my life. I've been doing a good job of being aware of what I'm eating and why. I've almost completely gotten away from stress/emotional eating, and try to make healthy choices.

I'm also finally ready to make use of the gym in the building where I work. I walk just about everywhere and live in a 3rd floor walk-up, so I get some exercise, but it's not enough. Now I just need to figure out when in the day I'll be able to head down to the gym! Oh, and buy some new gym shoes. :-)

I need to lose about 50 pounds or so to get into the "healthy" range for my height. My goal is to be at least partway there by next April when I go to visit some friends overseas.

citysage said...

You go girl! It's so easy and frustrating to slip into unhealthy patterns after you've made a change and stuck with it for a while...I can feel myself doing it already in the post-wedding lull...

Any interest in forming an online group for exercising and eating right? I've always gone it on my own before, but feel like some outside support could be good for me at this point in time, especially since I started working from home a few months ago...

In any case, we're all rooting for you :)

please sir said...

Congrats! I've been trying to workout too - helps to have a workout pal!

Alyssa said...

I am liking this motivation! I need some:) I gained 15 pounds the first year I was married and then it started coming off. I blame it on the "nesting" phase:) I, too, need to start kicking my butt into shape! Of course I decide this right when all the yummy holiday foods arrive:( I wish you all the best!

Chris said...

Thanks for all your support! I'm glad to hear (well, not glad) that I'm not the only one struggling with this issue. It's good to know that others can sympathize with me and my plight.

I think an online support group would be great, Anne! I don't know about you, but I certainly need all the help I can get. Although I was really good at work today and walked during both of my breaks. Baby steps, as they say!

dolcechic said...

I'm so proud of you! Way to make changes in your life!!!

Georgia (AKA g-bug) said...

i wish we lived closer to each other or worked the same hours—then we could work out together.

oh, well. maybe some of your motivation will rub off on me.

i'll be your daily cheerleader—at work, anyway!

Claire said...

go girl! i am rooting for you. if you listen carefully you will hear it... i will think of you tomorrow morning when i am at the lake at sunrise taking photos and talking to God.

maybe i will run too this week. the change will be good. i ran a long time ago. i have been swimming lately.