For the last five years or so I’ve steadily packed on the pounds. The freshman 15 turned into the sophomore 20, and the junior/senior 30. All while in college I had access to a free gym and utilized it only a handful of times. One summer when I was home I signed up for a gym membership and, again, only used it for a couple of weeks. My family and I moved into an apartment with a gym, it was a 1 time use. Another apartment, another gym, and nothing. We moved into a house and my “workouts” were turtle slow walks with the dogs up the block and back home.
In the past few months I’ve started to notice stretch marks on my stomach and thighs. I hate looking at myself in the mirror. So, I’ve finally decided to really do something about it.
I learned about the C25K workout about a year ago and just a few days ago I saw there was an app for it on my phone. I downloaded it and am going to stick with it. On the break days, I’m planning on doing a different workout just to keep moving. I want to document each week not only for myself but for others who might be going through a similar situation.
For those who don’t know what the C25K is, here’s a brief description. It stands for Couch to 5K and is designed for those who haven’t made physical activity an everyday thing. Each week ups the amount of run/walk time until the participant is capable to run a 5K marathon. The app I downloaded is an 8 week, 3 times per week program which progressively increases the running time versus walking time.
Here’s how week 1 went for me.
Week 1, Day 1: Brisk 5 minute warm-up walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes. 5 minute cool down.
Well, I got on the treadmill, turned on the music and started the workout. The warm-up was no problem. Then the running started. I’m not a runner at all but I pushed through each 60 second set of jogging turmoil. My heart was racing and I was sweating out my eyeballs. But it felt good at the end. I felt like I accomplished something, even if it might be a small feat to others. My legs were shaking by the time I stepped off the treadmill and walking up three flights of stairs to my apartment was like climbing a steep hill. I did it. That was the goal.
Week 1, Day 2: Same Day 1 routine.
I did a 15 minute bike work out followed by arms between day 1 and 2 and even that kicked my ass. It made me realize even more that I’m completely out of shape. I went into day two with a positive mind set though, until there were people in the gym. My self-esteem is already fairly low when it comes to my weight so having people around to see me sweating and awkwardly running didn’t help but I reminded myself that their opinion doesn’t matter. I’m doing this for myself and to be healthier for myself, and they’re doing the same thing in their lives. I ran and walked and had sweat dripping everywhere, and in the end I didn’t care. My legs ached but after it all I got to sit on the couch with a great satisfaction and an excitement to keep going.
Week 1, Day 3: Same Day 1 & 2 routine.
As someone who has lived in the northern part of the U.S. practically my entire life, living in Texas has been a huge change when it comes to weather. Between day 2 and 3 I could have sat outside and just sweat all my fat off that way. Sam keeps telling me it’s just going to get hotter and I’m not prepared. I’m glad the gym is air-conditioned. My work-out for the in between day was a basic yoga routine. I absolutely love yoga and once my financial situation is better I want to join a yoga studio. Until then, I have this. I officially finished my first week with C25K. I sweat, I was active, and I feel so satisfied. This also marks my first job interview I’ve had since moving to Texas and I feel pretty good about it. So day 3 went well and week 1 is complete. I’ll do another work out to end the actual week and take a couple days off in Sam’s hometown for Memorial Day weekend.
Bring it on week 2!