Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The last few weeks have been very hectic and I hardly had any time to spend in my vegetable garden or go jogging. But I have lots of time this week, a good time to sort out the vegetable beds and get into the jogging habit again.
Unfortunately, I've also been having back problems the last few weeks which wouldn't disappear, so I decided to go to the doctor to have it checked out and to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong.
He told me in no uncertain terms:
- take anti inflammatory tablets (ok, no probs)
- rest (hmm)
- no jogging (gutted, but had a strange feeling he might say that, as I had to abandon my last attempt)
- no working in the garden (What, No!!!!)
All my good intentions for this week gone. If I had rested my back for two weeks, maybe laying on the beach with a book (his words) the pain would most likely have gone already. But a) I can't afford a beach holiday, and b) even if I did, I couldn't lay there for all that time, that just isn't me.
So, that's my week ruined, although he did allow me ONE HOUR'S work in the garden - as long as I behaved and didn't bend down stupidly.
Me behave? Oh well, if I must ......
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Somebody showed me list today with tips for running. Most of the tips were things I had read before but one sentence stuck in my head:
Even a bad run is better than no run at all
Perfect, just what I needed to read. This will be my mantra from now on!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The other day I read in a magazine that walking is better than jogging as too many people give up jogging too quickly, whereas hardly anybody gives up walking once they've started.
I can relate to that. I love going for long walks if I have the time and I rarely feel like quitting.
But jogging is different. It took a lot of hard work (and a lot more than 7 weeks) to reach week 7 in the C25K programme, and now I'm stuck. Actually, I'm more than stuck: I can't jog the already achieved 25 minutes. Today I managed 8 minutes before I gave up - and the excuse that I bumped into a neighbour who wanted to chat isn't a valid excuse!
Should I give up, maybe I'm just not cut out to be a runner?
And then I started thinking (amazing what one does on a long way home )
You see, I can't just stop in the middle of the road, I still have to get home ... AND ... I always complete my route.
So what, I thought, if I don't jog for the given 25 minutes? What, if I only jog 5 minutes? I still walk 30 minutes. If I only jog 10 minutes, I still walk another 25 minutes. A few months ago I couldn't even run 1 minute and 5 minutes seemed to be impossible.
Whatever I do now is already more than a few months ago, so I can only gain (as long as it's not pounds!)
Giving up? Absolutely not!!!!
I'll stay with week 7 until I can run the whole 25 minutes (or until the music gets on my nerves, then I'll have to re-think). In the meantime I will be grateful about every minute I CAN jog and I will enjoy every minute I can walk.
Giving up? Never!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
... a huge success at the same time !
Why a big disappointment, I hear you shout!
Well, when I joined a year ago I wanted to get fitter and wanted to lose the last few pounds and I feel I didn't. I'm still struggling to lose the weight and don't really feel fitter.
BUT - it also has been a huge success, because I haven't given up. A year ago I would have given up after not losing the weight but I'm still here.
I did reach my goal of walking the marathon in May (even if I was so much in pain afterwards I probably won't do it again). I have started jogging and found it EXTREMELY hard. A year ago I would have given up but now I'm persevering and gradually, VERY gradually I am improving.
I can now run for a little bit, am still enjoying it, and am losing inches, even if not pounds.
So, really, it hasn't been a disappointment (got you looking though )
it has been a great success and I'm looking forward to my second year!
Thank you everybody for the lovely messages on my page and all those goodies, they have been very appreciated
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