Reason 2 to get on the treadmill: Those 20 odd pounds I lost during my summer of chemo have been sneaking back up on me. I had gone down a size (had to buy all new clothes; yet another unexpected expense of cancer) and gave away those bigger clothes -- because, by God, I will not fit in them again! Well, now my current clothes are becoming a little snugger, my face is looking a little fuller, my second chin is becoming more apparent. I would very much like to see those 20 odd pounds leave again, and then some (a lot).
Reason 3 to get on the treadmill: I know that exercising regularly will give me energy, something that I sorely lack. I know that once I get started, the energy will come. The problem is, I have no energy to get on and get started. That's where the Catch-22 comes in. I need to break through it. It's so much easier to get out of bed and go directly to the blue recliner with some knitting, a book, a coloring book, and the tv remote. That's usually what I do on weekend days, resting up from a week of work. My plan was to get started on Wednesday, which was the first day of this five day weekend. Did I? Well, I'll let that day slide as I had an emergency dental appointment which resulted in a five hour root canal and the rest of the day resting up from that ordeal, and the pain I was still in. But I digress.... Thursday morning, no treadmill. Friday morning, no treadmill. Here it is Saturday, and I'm feeling as rested as I think I'll be for the time being. So I did it.
At my request, the boys brought our scale downstairs so that I can use it again. I wasn't surprised at what I saw when I stepped on it this morning. Now, I've noticed a pattern in my day. I know that I have the most energy in the morning, and by lunchtime the energy starts to wane. By late afternoon, I'm ready for the blue recliner. I know that if I want to do this, I need to do it in the morning, before I get too tired. Today's the day to start. No more putting it off. Starting off, I'm not even going to start with the Couch25K app. I am under no illusions that it would go well. It's been quite some time since I've exerted much energy, so starting off slow seems to be a good plan, I think. My intention was to walk slowly for one hour. That's how I lost weight before, walking slower for longer distances as opposed to walking faster/running for shorter distances. So, I started out at 2mph. Slow, I know. I lasted thirty minutes. But, hey, it's a start, right?! My goal is to walk faster and/or longer each time. Eventually I'll start the interval walking/running, but for now I'm psyched that I was able to do what I did this morning. Using this fabulous shaker/water tumbler that my nephew and his wife gave to me certainly helps. :) I think I can aspire to be Wonder Woman again. Wish me luck, my friends. Heart healthy is the goal, weight loss will be an added bonus.