The older I get, the more life duties and responsibilities tend to weigh me down.
The joy I use to get from a high intensity workout is not there anymore and the desire to lay in bed and watch television is much greater.
I started to gain weight in my thirties. The scale started to creep into the digits I never thought I would be a part of. My clothing started to become uncomfortable and I was not able to wear some of my favourite pieces.
For the life of me, I just could not get the drive to pound out the miles I use to be able to run in my twenties.
Weak excuse, I know, but its the truth. I have tried and tried to regain the momentum of my twenties, but work deadlines, school projects, running a household and just trying to get through the day seems to leave little energy for running.
I hate chalking up failure to excuses, but I realized I had to figure out a solution and quit my whining. I accepted that I was struggling with my exercise routine and needed to start off slower and easier on myself. I knew if I lifted the bar too high, I would quit within the first week.
I finally decided that no matter what, I was getting out, everyday and get my sweat on. I started off slow. I cajoled myself out of the house by a bribe; I just had to go for a walk, that’s it.
It started off great. Everyday I started to do a four mile walk before work and got to listen to a podcast (True Crime Obsessed), one of the many hundreds I have downloaded and have not had the chance to listen to.
The more I went out, the happier I was when I got to work and the easier the walking routine became.
As the weeks progressed, my walks started to become walks with brief runs in the middle. Pretty soon I started running more than fifty percent of my daily ‘walks.’ My scale started showing me the numbers I wanted to see and my clothes were no longer fighting me when I was getting dressed.
It is so simple that it is almost stupid, but the answer was right there: get your booty out the door. Instead of intimidating yourself by mentally saying you have to run so many miles a day, just go for a long walk. See where you go from there, but just start off doing something that is manageable and not intimidating.