A few weeks ago, my life looked a little different. I would go to work, come home, and sit. Sure, I would play with my child and cook dinner for my husband and myself, but the thought of working out was just not present.
Yes, I had a baby almost eight (!!) months ago and it was definitely past time to start getting myself healthy, but I just couldn’t bear the thought of being on my feet at my retail job every day and then coming home to do even more physical movement. I already had the tasks of making dinner, cleaning, doing laundry, taking care of my boys, etc on my list. Could I really add another one?
I thought long and hard about adding in some exercise. Well, actually it was a pretty short internal conversation:
Me: I hate feeling tired all the time. I have to work on my feet all day. Why do I need to come home and do more physical movement?
Me: You want to know WHY you’re so tired? You’re out of shape! If you get your butt in gear, maybe you’ll find energy you never knew you had. And WHY should you do more movement? To get healthy! Duh! You want to be a good role model for your little boy, right? That’s why you make healthy dinners. That’s why you keep the house clean. That’s why you try to make healthy decisions, right? Well, exercise is all part of that, my friend. Now MOVE!
Me: But I really don’t want to. I’m fine the way I am.
Me: Remember that picture you took when you were at a healthy weight and not classified as obese?
Right, that one. You’re not gonna get that way by sitting on your butt. Make a decision. Be fat and lazy or be healthy and in shape! Whatever your decision, just shut up and do it!
So, after that dialogue I made my decision. Healthy and in shape is definitely the choice I choose. I went to the gym the next day and started Couch to 5k!
Now, telling myself to move is one thing. Having motivation that pushes me is another. When Jo‘s husband said he was running in the Ghost and Goblin 5k in October, I made my second great decision. I would sign up to run in it. Before I could talk myself out of it, I paid the $20 and joined. No turning back now!
Then, a few days ago, my manager told me our community at work was creating a group to walk in the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes. Walgreens is an avid supporter of walking and getting healthy. This is just one more way to get the word out there. I immediately agreed to walk!
Last weekend, Jeff, Jake, and I went to visit Carolyn in Louisville. While at breakfast at Wild Eggs (if you live in Louisville, you MUST go!), all these people had on white shirts covered in splotches of color. What the heck? Carolyn informed me there was a race called the Color Run that weekend. Basically the concept is to run the 5k while being splattered with paint powder. I’d never heard of such a thing, but it looked really fun!
Well, this morning I was talking to a different friend who mentioned there was a color run coming up in Cincinnati in October! Yay! I watched the video below and started to get really excited.
Please tell me…who wouldn’t want to be a part of “the happiest 5k on the planet”? I’m stoked!
So, my friends, the morale of the story is I made the decision to be a healthy, happy me. I started running again, I started going back to Zumba, I started eating better. Basically I started caring for myself again.
And I’ve never been happier.
How are you making yourself a healthier, happier you?