June 26, 2014 found me overweight, out of shape and miserable with my appearance and health. It had gotten to the point I was avoiding old friends because I was too embarrassed for them to see me. I had never been skinny, and until 7-8 years ago I hadn’t been fat either. I’m a curvy girl who had become a fat girl.
Over the previous 2 years I had tried a couple of exercise and diet plans, but they didn’t last. Finally, something inside me snapped, and I knew the time had come to make a change. Earlier in the day I downloaded the Ease Into 5k app on my phone. That evening I put on a pair of shorts, laced up my tennis shoes and headed out. We have a circle drive way that is a quarter mile around. I decided I would do my workout there…you know just in case I fell over dead, I would be close to home.
The app is very good and begins at the beginner level. You start with a walking warm-up, then there are audio prompts that tell you when to run and when to walk. The first day the workout lasted 31 minutes. You are to run 60 seconds, walk 90 seconds and repeat 9x. I could not run the entire 60 seconds. I would run as long as I could, then walk the remainder. For some reason I do not know, I did not give up. I completed the entire session and thought I was going to die in my front yard. The program recommends you workout every other day, and that is what I did. I followed the program religiously and to the letter. Again, something I had never done. Always before I thought I knew best, this time I decided to trust the process.
I did not tell anyone that I was doing this. Not even Phil. I made sure I worked out when he was gone. I love Phil, but let’s just say he hasn’t always been the most supportive person in the world. Then it happened, about 3 weeks in he came home early and caught me. When I told him, he reacted exactly like I thought he would. “That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of.” I blew my top. I told him if he couldn’t support me, the least he could do was keep his mouth closed.
I’m pretty sure Phil’s reaction had a lot to do with him watching me for the last 10 years start and stop every program under the sun and he assumed this wouldn’t be any different. The one thing his reaction did was make me even more determined. I didn’t start the program for him. The only thing Phil ever said about my weight, was that he just wanted me to be healthy. Even though this wasn’t about him, it gave me a little extra incentive to keep going.
And keep going I did….