Sunday, March 7, 2010

Welcome to AA

I hesitate to write this because I really don't want to jinx anything, but I have been running lately. On the treadmill, in intervals, walk 2 minutes run 2 minutes, for 30 minutes total. Sounds lame but let me tell you why this is a big deal. I am fat. Not just overweight but borderline morbidly obese. Seriously. That is where I fall on all the charts. When I step on the Wii fit board it goes "oh!" like it is surprised. When it weighs me the music may as well be a death march. "dun duh dundun dun dun". Oh and I hate running. We have a long history and I have always hated it.

It's ok. I know it. I am tired of it. Hence the running.

I can blame it on the 4 babies, but there is a lot more to it than that. I have basically had a sedentary life style for most of my life. I did exercise sporadically through out, but never enough to make a huge difference. I would lose 10 or 15 pounds at a time then slowly put it back on with 5 or 10 more. Exercise was never a huge part of my life and never encouraged as such either.

I danced when I was young. We moved when I was 8 and so I never really started again.

I played soccer for 5 years. I was the goalie because I was too lazy to run all over the field.

I started running track once but never made it to a meet because I found out I hated running and it really hurt my knees. (I have since been to a podiatrist and found out the problem is in my feet not my knees, so now it does not hurt. Not that way anyway.)

I have big boobs. Not conducive to running.

I bought a good sports bra, I got orthodox, I bought new shoes, I have a gym membership. So now I run. I am a runner. I have done it enough times to say I am one. Not a fast one and not long distance, but a runner just the same.

I run because it is the best way I know how to lose weight. Have you ever seen a fat runner? Besides at the gym? You do it enough for a long enough time and you are bound to become thin. I figure it may take me a year, but eventually I will run all the fat off. I don't want to be 40 and fat. I figure I better start now.

How nice will that be? I will know one day. I will keep you posted on my running.

p.s. secretly I have always wanted to be a runner...I just pretended I didn't.


Scrappycook said...

I need to be a runner too but have many of the same objections - the boob issue bing paramount. At one point I bought an expensive sports bra but I think if I put it on right now I would be unable to breathe. My shins hurt when I run but you are right, I have never seen a fat runner. The question is: when to find time to actually run?

Maren said...

We have like the same life. I danced a little (Laie Bay Dancers... hot pink and silver sequins. We were awesome) and I played Soccer for 2 years, also have the big boobs, joined a gym last June... still have not lost weight... cause I still eat like crap. Oh, and even with two bras, I can't run for much longer than 30 seconds, asthma kicks in and I bout keel over. So be thankful you don't have asthma!

Good luck runnin' woman!

Amanda Gibson said...

Way to go, you! I am with you on the running thing....running and I have a love/hate relationship. Sure, I can do it....and I DO do it....but it's not like I love it. Well, I kind of love it. I love the feeling I have when I'm done (exhilerated, proud of myself, tired but in a good way). I love that I can get a good cardio workout in without spending too much time at the gym. But most of all - I just love being a "runner". I love to say - "yea, I run". I know, I'm a dork. But one thing I've found with running? It's a total mental thing. If you want to be a runner - you CAN be a runner. End of story. Mind over matter.

This past weekend I ran over 7 miles (3.58 miles each day). Last time I checked I was at an 11.30 minute mile - which is slow - but I'm still proud of myself. Two months ago I was still doing chemo - and this past weekend I ran 7 miles. So, you know what, Lisha? If I can do it YOU can do it - even though it sucks. You WILL do it - because I know that you can do anything.

So, that's my pep talk for today. I know....I'm a cheese ball. But if you ever want to run with me - just let me know!

Sandi said...

When do you go? I fell off my exercise plan, and need to get back on.

amy said...

What a great example you are setting for the rest of us Moms that are in that same boat! Thank you :)

Amanda Gibson said...

I'm responding to your question on my blog here....hope that's OK. It just seemed easier.

Yes, I did say chemo. Last summer I went to the DR and found that I had an agressive giant cell granuloma - which is a tumor. It was in my mouth/sinus cavity. Luckily it wasn't cancer - but the only way to get rid of it was to go in and scrape out the tumor (which ended up being bigger than my DR's fist - so HUGE. It also had its own blood supply so I lost 2/3 of the blood in my body when the did the surgery). 72 hours after the surgery I had to start giving myself daily Interferon injections. Interferon is a type of chemo - not as rough on you as the chemo you normally hear about but still pretty rough. I had to do those shots for 4 months (from Oct to Jan) and now I'm tumor free! Which is cool - because the only other treatment for that type of tumor is to have a portion of your jaw removed (in order to get it all so it doesn't grow back) - which would have been disfiguring plus it would have meant lots of pretty in depth surgeries.

So, long story short, I was sick, had some chemo, lost some hair (but not all of the hair) but now it's all good.

I somehow managed to go back to running in late October (early November?) - even with the chemo. Even though I felt crappy. I just figured I could feel crappy and sit around at home - or feel crappy at the gym. Either way it sucked.

So - I say us girl's can do anything! Even be skinny runner people!

Darci said...

Thanks Lisha, your blogs are always inspiring to me. I recommitted to changing my eating habits beacuse the charts say I'm 45 lbs overweight. I have been scared to start running because of my fibromyalgia. I stand or walk almost all day at work and my feet already hurt so much because of that. I'm chicken to start because I feel pain in a totally different way. If anyone reading your blog has the same problem I'd love to hear how they deal with it. I would like to try it.

Shanakin Skywalker said...

Welcome to the running world, Lisha! At least I think this is Lisha. Or does Ryan have big boobs? It's entirely possible. I have a running blog, but I haven't posted much this year. I would love to chat about it ifever you want. Congrats on your determination. May the force be with you.

Susan said...

I am so happy for you. I love running! I consider myself a runner, even though I don't run at all right now, I just walk everywhere with my boys. Someday I know that I will get back into running regularly.
I can't wait to see what this year brings you and what running goals you will have a desire to accomplish. Love you!

the wrath of khandrea said...

girrrrlll... go on! this is cool. i'm impressed at your honesty, albeit a bit brutal, and i think you kick some trash.

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