That was one of the items on my Spring Soul Season list.
To be perfectly honest with you, it was because I want, I need, to lose weight. Which, I know. I know that is the wrong reason to get back into working out. I know, I know, I know....and yet....if I'm being truthful, that was my motivation.
Through the month of April (and, well, for several months leading up to April) I dabbled here and there. I started a program on Monday, held strong through Tuesday, hit a bump on Wednesday and said oh, forget it, on Thursday. Through Sunday. Then we were back to Monday and I started the whole process over again.
At the beginning of May two things happened. 1) I started counting calories using SparkPeople and got an email that said: the best workout for losing weight is doing the activity you enjoy and 2) My friend Amanda (Hi, Amanda!) ran a 5k and had a blast and felt awesome afterwards.
It was Mother's Day weekend and as I read her tweets and Facebook updates it hit me like a ton of bricks...I need to start running again. These other programs are great but if I'm not going to actually, you know, exercise, then they aren't working for me.
And that was the paradigm shift that set things in motion.
To actually make the change happen I did two things:
1) Found a 5k to run in over the 4th of July weekend.
2) Started a workout calendar.
Collin has agreed to run the 5k with me and so we can officially say we are back "in training." Although it's not the half marathon I had hoped to run this summer, it's something. It's a commitment. Since having kids I find that I only make exercise a priority when I have something I'm working towards (vs my pre-kid days when working out always came at the top of the to-do list.) If I don't have a race or event in mind I easily put laundry (insert any other household chore here) at the top of the priority list. So we're running a race. And I'm so. freaking. excited.
The workout calendar is a little tool I used in my college/post-college days. The basic function is to be a visual to easily see how many times in a week you've worked out. I don't know about you, but a lot of times I think I've worked out a good number of times in a week but when I actually go back and look I realize it was only twice this week, once last week, etc. My workout calendar keeps it real.
Now, I'll be the first to admit that the last week of May was not stellar and that 3 weeks does not a routine make, but compared to April this calendar is rockin'. And having signed up for this July race I have faith in us that we'll put up good results in June.
And, prior to the Memorial Day weekend, where my eating went. to. shit. I had lost 4 lbs. I was 1 lb shy of my pre-pregnancy Hutton weight. I'm hoping someday soon I'll be able to tell you that I actually hit my pre-pregnancy Hutton weight. But for now, I gotta jet....there are a pair of running shoes calling my name.