25 February 2013

on health and fitness (take one)

I've been debating about talking about this for awhile now. My main reason not to being that I don't want people telling me what I'm doing wrong. Everyone seems to be an expert when it comes to health and fitness -- they tell you the do's and don'ts and the ins and outs of what you should and shouldn't be doing even if they're not really too sure themselves. But if I've learned one thing through all of the things that I've shared in this space of mine before, it's that I receive far more encouragement than doubt or negativity.

So here's the thing: Since the New Year, and I guess even before that, I've been working more on becoming a healthier and more active person. There comes a point in your life when you just have to stop procrastinating and actually do what you've been meaning to do all that time, and this year was that point for me. 

I mentioned in a post awhile back that my best friend and I were training for a 5K this summer, and we're working towards it slowly; starting off with walking 30 minutes every weekday for 15 days, then progressing to walking 5 minutes, running 1 minute every weekday for 15 days, and so on, until eventually we'll (hopefully) be running the entire 30 minutes. We've also been doing a small round of workouts that I found online which includes jumping jacks, push ups, sit ups, and planking. 

It's a little frustrating to start off so slowly when all I want to do is run, but we're doing it this way so we don't push ourselves too hard and hurt ourselves. But even as slowly as we're starting, it's still making a difference, and that's what counts, right? 

I had some old jeans of my sisters that were a few sizes too small, and I kept them as motivation. I tried on those jeans today, and they fit. Tightly, but they fit. And that is my motivation to keep going. Waking up at 5:30 in the morning sucks. Walking/running outside in the freezing cold rain at 5:30 in the morning sucks. Not eating what I want to when I want to sucks. But trying on those jeans and feeling more energized and noticing a difference? That definitely does not suck. And I bet the feeling of victory after completing that 5K in August won't suck either. So here goes. We got this! 


  1. Yay! SO excited for you! I REALLY need to do this, too...I'm so out of shape and not very healthy eating wise. Maybe this will help me get motivated!

  2. YAY good for you!!! I'm slowly working my way to being fit. I'm doing a 5K in April, one I run every year, and I just started training yesterday. Hah... I can jog a mile, but not three back to back. But I'll get there. I bike a lot, so I have a lot of muscle in my calves, but not as much in my thighs, which is where a lot of muscle for running is used.
    And I agree about people always trying to say what's "right" in exercising. There are SO many articles on the internet about eating healthy and getting fit that don't even make sense and people ignorantly believe them. I guess that's with everything, though, huh?
    I just wore flats that I didn't know rub blisters on my feet for a few hours around campus today, and now I don't want to go run cause my feet hurt! Kind of wanting to kill myself right now. xD
    Keep doing what you're doing, you'll hit your final goal eventually! Or at least that's what I keep telling myself...

  3. Aaahh! Yes.yes.yes. I think this motivated me just enough to do more than just play tennis a few times a week. Time to REALLY get in shape, Hannah ;)


  4. You sound really self-motivated! :) I should be more active...but it's kinda hard to be motivated to go out and exercise when it's ALWAYS. RAINGING. EVERY. DAY. :P (you know what I'm talking about...;)

  5. So excited for you! It's always so hard to get motivated, but running always feels so good... I did a 15-minute run yesterday and oh my gosh, it felt incredible. Tiring, but so good. And exercising with a friend is always more fun too :)