Post # 1
Anyone else? I have about 20 – 25 pounds to lose and I just can’t get motivated to go run or work out because I know I can’t do it. FI had me go “running” with him yesterday which ended up me running for 3-4 minute spurts for the first 30 minutes and then walking the rest of the way while he slowly jogged next to me. We did 5.5 miles and I can really feel it today but I feel defeated that I can’t run.
I’m looking into bootcamp options, but they’re all at like 6am and I know I can’t get up that early and I also don’t want to be embarassed in a group setting since I really can’t do anything anymore.
I do the 30 day shred video once in a blue moon and always have to stop and take a break.
I just don’t know what to do — I’m a perfectionist and I know if I’m going to fail at something I don’t want to do it. I know I need to lose this weight but I just can’t get over this hurdle.
Post # 3
Walking is great exercise. Walking with running spurts is great exercise. THe only way you’re going to get to a point where you can run the entire way is to start with the walk/run. Nobody wakes up able to run 5 miles having never run before.
You need to adjust your expectations and make realistic goals, then CELEBRATE when you reach those goals.
Post # 4
Actually, walking and then running as fast as you can for like 10-30 seconds is really good for fat burning. It’s called HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training. You walk (briskly, don’t dog it) for a minute or two, then sprint as hard as you can for 10 seconds. Then walk for a minute. Repeat until you are dead tired, usually about 15-20 reps. It’s also been shown that HIIT makes your body burn more calories throughout the day than just, say, regular walking.
Post # 5
Congrats on just getting out there and moving.
I agree, keep doing what you did yesterday (it doesnt have to always be that long either) and you will get better
Also remember that weight loss is mostly about what you are eating or not eating. Exercise is secondary (but it can help with the motivational factor)
So examine your diet and clean it up. I am a big supporter of Weight Watchers because we always over estimate our exercise and under estimate our food. Something like weight watchers allows for real life (no boxed crap) and teaches the effects our choices have on our weight.
Post # 6
@google: Hey, please don’t get down on yourself! :] It’s not doing you any good. I am not a fan of working out by any means either (I’ve probably exercised like 5 times in the past YEAR). What I’ve found to be less discouraging is just starting out small! I don’t run! hellllll no! I take long walks! It’s relaxing, I get to look at the scenery around this lake, and I get to talk with FI. When it’s fun for you, you’re way more likely to exercise. If you like nature and you feel stronger day by day, maybe bump up the long walks to easy uphill hikes. Then go longer, or steeper, or a little bit faster. That, combined with diet changes can really work wonders! In fact, you can make diet changes more fun, too! Grocery shop and cook with your FI, eat those healthy foods by candlelight, like it was a fun project. Don’t say you “can’t do this,” because everyone can. It may feel that way (and trust me, I know!), but you just have to find the strategy that’s right for you. <3 hope you’re feeling better a little?
Post # 7
Dont get down on yourself! It took me a good 5 months of training to be able to run a 10 mile race and actually not die before crossing the finish line. I still incorporate walking breaks, but I’m still out there getting it done! Keep with it, but don’t got out there and run 5.5 miles again until you work your way up to it! Trust me, you’ll feel better physically and mentally (seriously, how disheartening is it to wake up the next morning and feel like CRAP?!). Check out Couch to 5k – Google it. I’ve never used it, but everyone I know who has LOVED it! It will build you up to 5k distance (3.1 miles) in 8-9 weeks.