A Happy Little Side Effect

Eudaimonia Tip #25 – Keep your body in motion to avoid going back to the starting line.

Along the way of figuring out my catio problem, a marvelous thing happened. I have been so active that as an added benefit to having an awesome patio, I now have looser closes. By all means, I still have a long way to go to hit my ideal weight loss goals circa 2015 and beyond, but the movement of any kind is a beautiful thing. 

It’s almost as if I have to trick myself into working out by doing some other physical activity that reminds me how good it feels to be active. I should add the 8ft long x 6ft high bamboo fence was NOT LIGHT, but with sheer determination and strength, I got the job done. 

I remember there was a  drug commercial that said “A body in motion stays in motion,” which is the name of the game. Find any way to start moving and make sure you keep moving, because starting up is the worst part. Now that I’ve been walking, bending, lifting, and stretching, I see that I am ready for more. Projects are a great way to be motivated, but they eventually end.

Now comes the next phase, the hard part called consistency. I was cleaning my kitchen and found a couch to a 5k running program that proved successful the first time around. Knowing that I need a plan of some kind to keep me going I took my running legs for a spin.

The plan is a gradual increase in running time. The first week is only 20 min with a 5 min warm up, four 60 second jogs followed by 90 second walks ending with a 5 min walk to cool down. 

I remember the first time I started running. It was September of 2014, right around my 40th birthday, and my family decided to run the turkey trot together. I was crazy for agreeing as I was not a runner but figured it was an excellent way to stay active as the weather turned cooler with fall’s approach. 

The first time I ran, it was just awful. I could barely run 30 seconds without my lungs catching fire due to a lack of oxygen and my whole body going into a revolt. But I refused to give up, and as I stuck to the running plan, I saw my endurance increase and my body shrink all thanks to the simplicity of running. 

I fully expected this next pass to be the same, but to my shock and utter delight, I completed the first running block as instructed, running the full 60 seconds all four times. 

It. Felt. Amazing! 

I’ve completed two of the four running days this week, with today as my off day, but there are no days off as I need to keep the momentum going to see the results that I know are only a few months away. 

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