So, I'm a bit of a fluffy zaftig sort of girl. Lots of curves, plenty of cushion, and generally out of shape all around, well, if roundish is your shape I'm all over that. Recently I've been rather confronted by my age and my lack of activity, and frankly - a little worried about my overall health. My cholesterol is high, my blood pressure is high and I have an extensive history of cancer in my family. At a recent checkup my doctor gave me an ultimatum... Get some exercise, lose some weight, work on your heart health or you are going to be looking up the shotgun barrel at late onset diabetes or an early stroke.
Ok, so maybe I've been deluding myself that getting a little out of breath going up two flights of stairs was just because I was carrying stuff. Uh.. a latte. She also said that the extra weight would screw up with my fertility and may make it hard for me to get pregnant when that time comes. By sheer force of laziness (and the force is strong with me folks) I managed to put on a LOT of weight after college. I avoid looking much at those photos of me when Mr. Bird and I started dating 12ish years ago - its just too embarrassing. With the financial and emotional stability - you start to get comfortable in your own skin, and before you know it - there is a heck of a lot of skin now.
I need motivation. And I found it in Nike+ . The thing is freakin brilliant. It is a little sensor that attaches to your running shoes, and works with the iPod Nano, tracking the number of miles you've run, the calories you've burned, and the pace you are running. Once you've signed up for an account on the Nike+ site, you can challenge other people to distance or speed contests, look at your own progess, setup your own goals. The competition aspect of it has made all the difference. My sister, Mr. Bird and I have a challenge going now with the first to run 20 miles. I'm in the lead with 14.75 miles, a little over three miles ahead of my sister.
I'll let you in on a secret. I hate running. My boobs would bounce all over the damn place, my shins would hurt, and my arches would cramp up before even a quarter of a mile was done.
I. Hate. Running. (and I hate to sweat)
Until - I discovered that I had the wrong kind of shoes for my feet, that there were kick ass sports bras out there for even my gigantor boobs, and the motivation to leave my sister and Mr. Bird in the dust really kicked in. I went to RoadRunner Sports to have my feet checked out - I have severe over protenation which in English means my feet are flat and as a result running puts a lot of strain on my arches. Armed with some nice (read pricey) shoes - I took on the treadmill and lo and behold - dang.. my feet don't hurt. It's not easy mind you - it's still damn hard to run because I get tired so fast and my heart just isn't used to the work. It regularly cusses me out like a drunken sailor these days, but I soldier on. I run/walk on the treadmill with Yoly every couple of days at work, and since March 8 when I got my Nike+ I have gone 15.72 miles and worked off 2188 calories. Yah I know - damn unbelieveable. I'm actually excited now when midway through my workout I can feel the sweat on my forehead. I even have to wipe it away!
I am still firmly in the camp that I am NOT a runner. But I've started running. For myself, for my health, and for my rather suck ass body image of late. I don't delude myself into thinking that I'm going to turn myself into some super model. I like to eat. But I would like to see myself being able to wear cute little clothes and such.
Saturday is the annual 5K Race for Autism and I'll be going to that. I won't be running the whole thing (not even close) but I'll be jogging till I get tired, walking to recover and jogging a little more.
Oh yah... I even finished a sock. I went with a 1 stitch picot bind off that made the cuff crazy stretchy even if its a tad sloppy looking.
I'm on the bandwagon for knit from my stash in 2007 and have not bought a SINGLE skein of yarn all year. Not even sock yarn! (although I'm reserving that priviledge cause sock yarn doesnt count) I've also not cast on a single new thing. Nothing till the other sock is complete AND Mariah is done.
I think I've been taken over by a body snatcher.