A while back I stated that I wanted to get into shape. The Dr. gave me a high cholesterol diagnosis at my yearly and basically said I needed to get it down or go on meds. I hate meds. So I decided to start running every other day, and started using the “Couch to 5k” app, which puts you on a program for 9 weeks to safely prepare you to run 3.1 miles. I am proud to say that I finished the program and consistently run 3.1 miles every day, in fact I am in the process of increasing that distance. This is one of the few things that I have completed exercise-wise. I’ve tried so many things to get into shape, workout videos, Nintendo Wi, exercise bike-all of which I found to be insanely boring which was followed by me quitting. Running unexpectedly became an addiction. I had heard people say that it was addicting in the past, always wondering to myself how anyone could ever find it enjoying. It’s actually amazing, and very addicting. Why? Because you start seeing results in a very short time. It’s not 100% about weight loss, in-fact, most people start running thinking that they will lose weight. You do, don’t get me wrong, but if you’re like the type of person that reads about the newest extreme diet guaranteed to shed off 10 pounds in 2 days, or whatever, it’s not for you. Weight-loss, real weight loss, is a slow process with big rewards. You don’t have to go to extreme measures to lose weight, you just need to change a few things and get into portion control. When you run, you burn a lot of calories, but most people quit when they run for a week or two and then barely see the needle move. Truth is, after your finished running, your muscles repair themselves and you retain water. You can’t get into this worrying about moving the needle a pound or two hear and there. You have to not pay attention to the needle, and pay attention to your workout. Focus on the program, and focus on your running. I’ve followed this since I started and have now lost almost 20 pounds.
2 years ago I did weight watchers and lost almost 30 pounds. The program is amazing and it teaches you how to eat good foods, how to maximize the amount you eat, all while learning correct portions. It’s an amazing program that I am still on. The difference between when I lost 30 pounds back then, and the 20 I have lost now, is that my body is different. Running completely transforms the way you look and it gets more and more addicting. Pretty soon I will look like this:
Ok, maybe not like this…but probably a little better….
I’ll keep this topic updated as I continue my routine! If your thinking of getting into running, give this app a chance!