I was physically disabled from age 12-22, but, after I went into remission, I picked up running as a couple of my colleagues were into it (and it had a pretty low startup cost, as a single mum back then, I didn't have resources to spare on myself). After I remarried at 26, I was experienced enough to get a lot of contract work to help catch me up financially, and just worked too darned much after my second son was born at age 28. After finally completing my bachelor's at age 31, I was able to get a better job and cut back on my freelancing... but, we'd moved to the suburbs for better schools and I was spending too much time in the car commuting and working overtime.
In December of 2014, I flew to a conference and had to get a seat-belt extender.
I decided I'd had enough of scheduling time for everything but me and started getting up at 5am so I could have an hour to walk, then jog, every morning and shower before work. While that had me falling asleep after dinner every night, at least I'd finally carved out a routine that no one would interrupt (because they were all still asleep).
After about a year (no change in eating habits, I've always done pretty well there), I had lost ~26lbs. I'm back up to running in intervals now. Though I'm land-locked in the burbs and have to use a treadmill that crashes after 30 minutes of use... so, I break up my workouts.
No more commute for me, since I just got a new job, and doc finally adjusted my thyroid meds. Wish me luck as I get back to my running speed from over a decade ago. (no marathons, people and noise overwhelm me.)
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- 5/29/2016 3:13:39 PM