Here We Go: Couch to 5k

by SimplySharpe on June 5, 2013

I don’t know if I’ve ever shared this publicly, but like many women, my life has been a constant battle between me and the scale. The scale tends to win. There were a few years I was like Rocky and the scale was all of his much better opponents, but still he won in the end, despite the serious ass kicking he got. Those were the starvation years.

I’m 5’6 (and 3/4) and used to weigh in around 135. That was still with a lot of restricted eating though. I’ve never been naturally skinny or small. I’m a curvy girl, and that’s okay by me, and thankfully, my hubby.

I’m pretty sure I take after my Dad’s Mom, who was a gorgeously round woman. From what I remember, she had really great cheekbones and an extremely large bosom. She also had beautiful blue eyes, which I did not get. I was only lucky enough to be in the same space with her three or four times in my life. She lived in South Africa until she went to heaven. I got most of her features with the exception of my Mom’s full legs, and my Grandfather’s forehead. I’m like a walking doll of family body parts.

After years and years of poor eating/starvation/diet pills/yo-yo dieting, I finally got to the weight I was happy with. Then I got laid off. Then I married someone with the worst eating habits I’ve ever witnessed, and that was followed by a series of depressing events: I lost my dog, my other Grandmother, whom I was very close with, went to heaven, followed by a layoff, a series of bad jobs, topped with two pregnancy losses. Add the fact that I like the taste of food, and you get a girl who is much heavier than she used to be.

Blah, blah, yada, yada, there’s no good excuse…

Since I’m not currently pregnant, I decided it was time to take charge of the situation. I had seen a few friends posting about the Couch to 5k app on Facebook. It sounded like the perfect program for my current fitness level. Lord knows I’ve spent a lot more time on the couch lately! Luckily for me, my hubby has packed on some pounds too, so he agreed to do the program with me.

Well, we started our journey on May 18th, and we just finished week three today. If you clicked on the link above, or are familiar with the Couch to 5k program, you know that the program calls for three days a week, with a rest day in between and two rest days after each week. Today is only June 5th, so obviously we skipped some rest days. I also ran through a lot of the walks on the first two weeks–oops. I thought we were crushing it until last week when my knees felt like someone went all Goodfellas on them. WORST PAIN EVER! Still, I pushed through today’s workout. And moving. Moving hurts.

It May Not Be Easy, but It Will Be Worth It

Last night I watched an episode of Extreme Weight Loss and it blew my mind! The girl, Meredith, was over 300lbs and was running like it was her job. She mentioned she was having knee pain, and it turned out she has a small tear in her meniscus. I have no idea if my knee has a real problem other than carrying too much extra weight and pushing it harder than the program asks for, but I’m taking a page from her book and pushing past the pain. I’m still trying to understand how she lost 80lbs in 90days, but since I don’t have the luxury of her controlled environment, or cutie pie Chris Powell to train me, I do have some serious motivation. I WILL LOSE WEIGHT!

I’m not killing myself over a number on the scale. I’ve learned a lot over the years, and that just does’t matter to me as much as fitting into clothes that work for my body. I miss my closet full of fancy jeans, but I’m considering getting rid of some of them since they were acquired during periods of bad habits. It’s all about being strong, fit and healthy, not skinny. Skinny doesn’t matter to me anymore. I’m happy with who I am. Happy eats skinny for breakfast.

What are some other iPhone apps that may be good for easing back into fitness? Anyone else doing the Couch to 5k program or completed it? I would love to hear your success stories!



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