That is how I felt tonight when I FINALLY added activity into my program. Tonight I decided it was time to start getting activity, so I went for a walk. As much as I want to say it felt great, it didn't. It didn't feel good at all. In fact, it felt fairly bad. It has been a half hour since I got home and I am still coughing and my lungs are burning.
Even though I am glad that I got out and did it, I feel disappointed. Disappointed that I wasn't able to do more than I did. And disappointed that I feel this horrible after getting out and doing something that is supposed to be good for my body. It doesn't feel good for me. It feels horrible.
I know that I am totally out of shape, but just a month ago I had gone out on several walks and even though they were hell, they didn't feel this horrible. I think some things may have been working against me, you know, besides being so out of shape it isn't funny. Here's what I think:
1) I had a goal to run 1/10th of a mile and then walk until I reached the 30 minute mark. Sadly, I was only able to run 1/20th of a mile - tragic and sad, but that is all I could do. I was breathing so hard - I struggled to get back to a place where I could breath comfortably. This is how I started out my walk, so I think it made the rest of the walk harder because I had lost my breath so early on.
2) I went out after dark. I will admit that I did this on purpose. I feel VERY self conscious about running in public and I wanted it to be dark outside when I gave it the old college try. The problem with this is that the temperature was a crisp 41 and a very cool wind was blowing. So as I panted and gasped for breath, I took in a lot of pretty cold, icy air.
3) I have had a cold - a mild cold - but apparently the mix of the workout and the cold, icy air didn't do me any favors. Did I forget to mention that when I went out I didn't wear a jacket...yeah, that may have been a mistake too.
4) The shoes I had on were terrible. I don't like my normal walking shoes, so I wore another pair that I haven't worn in a while. They were not just terrible, they were HIDEOUS! I have blisters on my feet and my toes hurt from sliding into the tip of the shoe.
It was a perfect storm, resulting in a terrible workout that has left me feeling a bit discouraged. Not defeated...no, I won't be defeated...but I do feel discouraged.
Believe it or not, there were a couple of high points that I think are worth noting.
I used a free program called RunKeeper to track my run. It is AWESOME. It tracks your pace, your distance covered, the route you take and the amount of time you have been working out. The BEST part is that it makes announcements every 5 minutes (this was a surprise to me - a very pleasant surprise) to let you know how far you have gone and your average pace. I have used it before and I always really liked it, but now that it talks to me....well, I am in deep, meaningful love with it. The chart above is one of the perks of the app.
I discovered that my new phone KICKS A**, as do my new beats headphones, and the Google Cloud is a gift sent from heaven.
Finally, despite feeling breathless, sore, discouraged and SO out of shape...I am so glad I got up off my booty and took another step, literally, in making what I hope are lifelong changes.
On a related note, my mother in law gave me this FANTASTIC recipe for making baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders that are point friendly on Weight Watchers. Friends, these things were DELICIOUS. I did not feel like I was missing out on ANYTHING! This week I also made a Fajita Burrito Bowl - I got the idea from Chipotle. Let me tell you, it was FANTASTIC!
I am so pleased with some of the creative food we are putting together! It feels great to be eating things that taste great AND are good for me! I guess you can have your cake and eat it too (as long as it is made with pumpkin puree instead of eggs and oil)!