Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Little Help From My Friends

It seems each day that I am on this journey, I learn something new that will be a tool I can use indefinitely, in my weight loss, and in life.  Yesterday symbolized my return to a healthy mindset, and though I didn't enjoy going through my 'down' period, I learned a lot about my character.  I discovered that I do have the strength to stay the course, even when the waters are rough, and that, (like the saying goes) it isn't how many times we fall down, but how many times we get back up. 
I want to thank Tony for his kind comment to my last post, it really brought tears (good ones, I swear) to my eyes and touched me.  And with what you said, I gained a new strength that propelled me to reach a new goal today.  Even though I don't respond to every comment every time, it really means the world to me that you not only read my blog, but always have a thoughtful comment.  Thank you, friend!
In yesterday's blog, I mentioned that I was thinking of taking up running, or at least adding some of it into my cardio plan.  I honestly didn't know if I could physically do it, but the idea has been drifting around in my head a lot lately.  So, I decided to sort of test the waters today, by incorporating a little running into my interval work this morning.  Taking Tony's advice, I selected my only shirts I have that is too tight on me, and when I put it on I was surprised to find that it's not going to work for too much longer.  Happy surprise.  I had so many layers of clothing on, to help keep things in place, it was a bit ridiculous!  But, with temperatures in the high 30's and a slight breeze, I was happy I had those layers on.  I drove to one of my favorite places in the city, the City Deck, which is a boardwalk of sorts, along the Fox River.  After a nice walk over the draw bridge, I made it to the City Deck, and began my first interval, 60 seconds running, 30 seconds easy pace walking in between.  There were intervals when I thought I was going to give up, but then I'd look at my watch and it was nearly time to switch, so to my amazement, I completed all ten intervals.  I didn't know I had it in me!  I felt like exhaulting.  Instead, I just let a wide, content smile claim my face, and enjoyed the sunny walk back over the river to my car.  Yes!  I did it!  And I wasn't sucking wind like when I used to try to run for any length of time, I actually had nice, controlled breathing.  I could get used to this.  I AM AWESOME!
If you haven't already checked out Tony's blog, you should do so, it is wonderfully written, and he's a great blog-buddy to have.  Here's the link:Tony Van Helsing's Mystery Theatre.  Here's to everyone who's testing what they have in them, and continuing to get back up no matter what life throws their way!  Have an awesome Thursday!

1 comment:

  1. I was just saying what I think Amy, I see overweight people in the gym and admire them for getting out there. Running outside is more interesting than on a treadmill, different surfaces, gradients and views and it costs nothing. And of course you are awesome, you have the odd setback but you don't give up. It's amazing what you can do without realizng that you could, so keep it up and I'll keep reading. Thank you for the kind words and the link, it means a lot.

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