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I have been a stay at home mom for the last 5 years. I love being with my children and feel so blessed and lucky to have the opportunity to do so, but I often get lost in the shuffle of it all. I have tried to lose weight and get in shape many times in my life, with varying degrees of success. It has seemed especially hard since having kids. So, I've decided to sliver out a little piece of time for myself to get back in shape and get back to feeling good about myself. I am hoping that this blog will help me find an outlet to talk about my experiences and find a community of people who have similar goals. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing it!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Week 3, Day 4 - Another week bites the dust!

Today is going to be a good day.  I can tell.  I woke up feeling well rested and looking forward to my run.  And even though it was raining really hard (seriously, I am about to start a new Noah's Ark themed blog), I couldn't wait to get outside.  I stretched in the rain and to my great delight, just as I started walking, the rain stopped.  This really is going to be a good day!

My run went well too.  I felt pretty loose and strong through all the runs.  I even added in an extra 3 minutes run to test my endurance a little.  I was tired at the end, no doubt, and there was certainly less spring in my step for the rest of the walk home, but I started and finished strong and that feels so great.  I'm not even going to look ahead to what comes next in week 4 until tomorrow because I want to ride high the rest of the day without fretting about the next big leap I am about to take.

This entire experience so far has been so empowering to me in so many ways.  First, taking the steps to make this time for myself.  Sleep is great, don't get me wrong, I love sleep, but there is no better way to start the day than getting up alone, leaving the house alone, and doing something that makes me feel good in my body and my mind.  To feel such a sense of accomplishment by 7:30 in the morning is great!  Second, having found an outlet to talk about the experiences I am having, whether they are good or bad, has been huge.  It is so nice to use this part of my brain on a regular basis.  It is surprising how little it gets used when your mothering and housekeeping and you don't realize it until you start using it again!  And last, though I absolutely love and need to the support of my friends and my family, I have found the support and encouragement from my fellow C25Kers and bloggers to be inspiring, motivating, and heartfelt.  We need each other as much as we need our loved ones.  There is an understanding and a true sense of camaraderie in this community.  We all seem to relish each other's successes and feel each other's pain.  And though I have not met the other people I have been going through this program with, I feel so invested in urging them on and enjoying their successes as much as my own.  It has been an unintended but unbelievably wonderful benefit of writing this blog.   So friends, keep up the great work!  If you can do it, I CAN DO IT!

8 comments:

  1. Well said! I still think I will have trouble getting up early more frequently, but I am slowly being converted. ;0)

    Together we will whoop C25K!

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  2. Yeah Theresa! You CAN do it!! :-)

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  3. I really admire the fact that you get up early AND add extra minutes to your run!

    It's so important for mothers to claim time alone and to do something empowering -- thanks for speaking to that.

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  4. Theresa--I just found your blog and am so happy I did. While I'm not a stay at home mom, I have struggled with my weight and fitness since having children. I went from being at the lowest and healthiest weight of my adult life and spinning classes 4x per week just before getting pregnant with my first, to now being the heaviest and least fit I've ever been. Since my oldest is almost 8, I don't think I can call it baby weight anymore! I'm about to head out this morning on week 2 day one of C25K, and need to read blogs like yours to keep me motivated to carve this time out for myself. Thanks!

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  5. Way to go, mama! I just wrote about my journey at http://paleochix.com/?p=1957. Keep it up!

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  6. Well done on finishing Week 3 and nailing that 3 min run! I'm just not a morning person so running in the early evening works better for me but I may have to try it following your comments.

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  7. Thanks and you're welcome to all of you. I appreciate the support and the kudos and also, I'm so glad that my words can help you all too. it is a very symbiotic relationship. You all keep me going too!
    @Tamara - I'll check out your blog.
    See you all tomorrow!

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  8. I love reading your blog!!! You inspire me to keep going (I'm on W7D2 tonight!) Thanks again for writing.

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