Saturday, February 23, 2013

Couch to 5K week 5

I'm not sure which is tougher, starting week 5 of the couch to 5k training program, or starting that 6 days after the last run of week 4.  This has been so far the toughest run of the program, I'm sure that delay had much to do with it.  I ran Sunday, and then Monday and Tuesday are pretty full from morning through night, and then Wednesday it snowed.  Today the walks were clear enough to get a good run in.

Might be time to think about a gym membership, we got more snow coming!

And yet, having said all that, I feel good.  Tired, but good.

Weight loss continues to come ever so slowly.  But the good news is that it's happening, slow is better than not at all.  And there's a level of fitness taking place now that is incredibly encouraging.  The nice thing about the bad weather is, it gave me an excuse to finally take my bike in to get it tuned up.  My work responsibilities have shifted to the point where I rarely will have to go out to customer sites, meaning I can ride my bike in quite regularly.  That is the one thing I missed the most about changing my job from Sprint a couple years ago was getting rid of the commute.  How dumb does that sound?  But in getting rid of the commute, it got rid of the opportunity to ride and walk so much.  So now, work is only 6 miles away, which isn't so bad, but I find myself looking very forward to riding that on a regular basis.  Especially with gas prices going back up.

There are times I wonder, should I have done the surgery?  I mean, I'm not losing weight all that fast, I see people all around losing it without surgery and doing great.  I saw an update from an old friend that I hadn't seen for awhile, who had lost a BUNCH of weight and looks incredible.  I watch the Biggest Loser on TV and what they accomplish is amazing.  I think about times I've lost so much weight on my own, and... did I do the right thing?

And then I hear about people finding out about conditions or things they never would have known were going on, things that may or may not have been caused by weight or exacerbated by weight.  I remember when I had my workups a couple years ago and just some little things here and there and I realize, yes, I did do the right thing.  I took a huge step to change something in my life and it IS making a difference.  Surgery is not what is needed by everyone in my situation, but having said that I know with full confidence that it was the best answer for me.

I thank God for how people I know and care about have been through some amazing challenges in life and have been able to come through with a whole new perspective on life.  I'm amazed at things that I see.  And...  I also thank Him for where my life is going.  Life is good.  Pretty darn good at that!

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