Monday, July 21, 2008

Day 1: Get Healthy

I forgot how much I love sweating. This morning I got up at 6:00. I took Henry to my Mom's house and headed for the gym. I felt nervous. I don't really know why it is that I get nervous every time I do something new, even when it isn't actually new. I exercised every day before I had Henry. And yet I still felt my stomach flip as I handed the girl at the desk my I.D. Last night I packed my bag. I had a system 3 years ago; I was able to fit everything into a small bag. I couldn't figure it out last night. My shampoo bottles wouldn't fit in the side pockets, my flip-flops stuck to the towel. By 11:00 last night I quit trying to remember how I did it and just squeezed it all in. This morning I ran for 40 minutes. I did a 5 minute warm up and a 5 minute cool down. I ran a total of 4 miles. That is a 10 minute mile, which I don’t think is all that great, but I was practically giggling by the time I climbed off that machine because I didn’t think I would last 20 minutes, let alone 50.
The rest of today has not been as easy. The only bad thing about morning workouts is that I feel crazy hungry all day. I have been drinking green tea and water like a crazy person but I can’t stop thinking about dinner. Veggie lasagna. With garlic bread.


Nouvelle Vie, Nouvelle Heure said...

I am so proud of you!!!

10 minute miles isn't bad--when I run with the ladies we run 8 to 10 minute miles so we can still is the running that matters.

Running 40 minutes on your first work-out in some time is AMAZING!!!! Quite impressive. Maybe running after a two year old is more of a work-out than you thought!

Great job at taking the initiative. I'm right behind you on setting a work-out routine! You're a true inspiration!

HBK said...

Thank you for this Miss Lisa. Seriously! By last night I was already feeling discouraged. Sore legs, hungry, tired... So I really need the encouragement. You and I both know what could be at the end of the journey so it is definitely worth the effort. But it is not going to be easy.
You're the best!

HBK said...

p.s. i miss you :)

natalie said...

hey, good job! getting up at 6 to exercise is a big feat!
i do have one suggestion though. i think that until your body gets used to regular exercise again, you shouldn't deprive yourself if you're hungry. at this point, you've kind of "shocked" your body with exercise and it'll probably take a couple weeks for it to adjust to the new routine. you're going to need the extra energy, so let your body have it, within reason of course!

good luck with your new routine! YOU CAN DO IT!