Liking the challenge feels like sadism

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I actually uttered those words yesterday. While running. For the third time in a week. For the third time in a week in front of sporty football type people with their sporty gear and their sporty haircuts.

Prior to a couple of weeks ago the suggestion of running as an actual fitness option would have gotten you a death stare and a mini rant on how I hate running and refuse to do something I hate. I would rather walk or dance my way to fitness I would have said. I would rather you get out of my face I would have thought. But a new found realisation that I had been happy eating my way to a larger wardrobe has resulted in some pretty major changes for me as mentioned previously.

Kate’s suggestion that we try doing the Couch to 5k running program meant that I’d have an exercise buddy and someone to be accountable to. So I said yes!

One week and three walk/runs down and I still feel like there is absolutely no way I’ll survive a full 30 minute run in just eight short weeks of training. But I’m going to try.

Next week the run parts go from 60 seconds to 90 seconds and that’s enough of a challenge to focus on for now.

The Switch

an old switch

There is a decided difference between the boys and girls in our house. The boys are full of drive, electing to get large amounts of exercise, writing, and other artistic activities out of the way before settling in for the night. The girls however need deadlines and rewards to get what they need to do done.

We were having a discussion about it the other day. Kate and I would both like to make our businesses work and we’d both like to lose our winter weight. The boys suggested we just do what we needed to do to get it done. We both lamented that our minds don’t work like that. In lieu of a very real deadline we need the switch. The thing in your mind that clicks over one day without much of a reason, that lets us put our mind to something.

Thankfully my switch to stop with the daily scone breakfasts, candy binges, huge lunches, and snacks after dinner flipped a couple of weeks ago.

The change has been dramatic and apart from weight loss the best result has been less sore tummies. I have colitis so eating fried food, and anything with high fat dairy or high amounts of sugar make me feel a bit sick. That’s how bad I was before. Willing to put my health at risk for a sugar fix. It’s the closest I’ll get to being an addict.

How do you get the things you need to do done? Can you just use your natural drive and grab what you want or are you more like me?