Three years ago, I started walking… a lot. I met friends and we chatted as we pushed strollers around the mall or the park. When I started, I could barely walk a mile without feeling exhausted. However, after a few short months, I didn’t think a walk was worth it if it was shorter than 5 miles.
I had a great time with my friends, and lost 60 pounds along the way.
Unfortunately, as the kids got older, and new babies came along, we all found that finding time to walk got harder and harder. Without my friends to make it fun, I stopped walking regularly, and I’ve gained back about half of the weight I lost.
I simply MUST get moving again. Maybe having a goal, albeit a crazy one, will help motivate me. So, I am going to try to walk/run a half marathon in about a year.
Yes, I realize that that is more than 13 miles – which is a really long way for someone who has always said that the only reason a person should run is if someone is chasing them.
What about you? Do you have a fitness goal? Are you training for your first race… or maybe your 47th? Maybe you are just trying to find the motivation to get off the couch and go out for a walk each day. Either way, write about it!
I will update you on my progress every couple of weeks in a Fitness Friday post. I hope that you will write about your goals, progress and setbacks and post links to your personal stories. Let’s help motivate each other – and maybe help some other folks get motivated along the way, too.