Eudaimonia #27 – There is a way out of the darkness and it’s called exercise
Beaded, drippy, glistening wet hot sweat! It’s a beautiful site to see and feel. The body is purging itself of unwanted toxins, giving your skin a healthy, vibrant glow. But to feel this fantastic thing called sweat you have to put your body through some vigorous exercise.
As I start the second week of my couch to 5k (Cto5k) plan, I’m finding that there is a big difference between running for 60 seconds vs. 90 seconds, as in 90 seconds feels like an ETERNITY. This week’s plan calls for six 90 second runs followed by 60 second walks sandwiched between two 5 min warm up and cool down walks.
Why they jump from four 60 second runs to six 90 second runs is beyond me, because when I learned math, five comes after four, but I digress. I followed the instructions completing all six 90 second runs, but with the caveat of 90 second walks to follow. I felt this was a good compromise to get all the runs in, and I’m excited to see how I improve throughout the week.
But wait! There’s more.
As fate, luck, or mercury in retrograde would have it I was asked to join a Summer Challenge by my BF Pam.
It just so happens that Pam has been following Nika, a fitness Trainer who goes by FitNika101 on Instagram who provides weight training challenges for those who want to take their fitness goals to the next level. Not only do you get detailed workout schedule for all eight weeks, but you also get your macro ratios to achieve maximum weight loss if followed correctly.
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for a weight training challenge. I had just found my running feet again, which were a few months late in arriving, and I wanted to focus on cardio for a while. We all know that cardio is good for weight loss, but to reshape your body, you need to add in strength training to rev up that metabolism. I’m no stranger to working out with weights as I had great success in dropping weight when I implemented my trifecta of running, weights and yoga a few years back, so I knew this was the direction I wanted to take.
I pondered doing the challenge for a few days, and then it hit me, the timing could not be more perfect. The challenge started on July 8th and ends September 1st, which happens to be 45 birthday… 4 f’n 5… and I’ll be damned if I’m starting the 2nd half of my 40’s with all of this unnecessary weight!
So I signed up, and my first two workouts are in the books! Monday was leg day, and I have to say that while I hate lunges, I’m now a super-fan of curtsy lunges! The burn feels so good. It’s hard to walk steps or sit on the toilet due to soreness, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Tuesday was shoulders, and core and I’m fearful that I won’t be able to lift my arms to wash my hair tomorrow, but again that is the desired goal. The more it burns, the more you know you did the exercises right.
So not only will I be posting about my Cto5K progress, but also about my love/hate relationship for the summer challenge as I had some choice words during the super-sets, and I’m gonna have to work on my mountain climbers!
As I was finishing my Cto5K run I flashed to the person I was last fall. Lost, sad, and roaming around in the darkness trying to eat away my grief, only to add a new type of pain: self-loathing! I felt trapped in a fat suit I couldn’t take off, but now I’m learning how to work the zippers and buttons and slowly shedding this weight once and for all.
I know this time around will be different, maybe more challenging since I’m a few years older, but this is my path, and I’m sticking to it. I’m finally living the eudai life and leveling up to a better version of myself.