In the midst of our craziest summer, I thought it was high time that I implement a regular exercise regimen. And while I’m at it, I may as well train for the half marathon from my “8 Things Before 30” list. Even though things are extra crazy right now, I’m realizing that life is always going to be some variation of crazy busy and there’s no good time to start exercising—kinda like there’s no good time to have kids. You just do it + make it work.
So, here’s the scoop.
My ultimate goal is to train + run a half marathon. But as a more reasonable goal for my situation, I want to get my butt in gear and shoot for consistency, endurance + strength. As sad as this is to admit, I can’t even run a half mile right now. So, this is necessary.
I’m using a variation of the Couchto5K plan with a day of added strength training to get to the place where I can then begin the 20-week half marathon program. The Couchto5K is set for 6 weeks, but I do have a 10-week plan as a back-up in case my body needs some more time to adjust. I plan to work out on Tuesday, Thursday + Saturdays with emphasis on stretching (those creaky Mama backs, man) and I’ll fit in a day of added strength training with Beachbody–most likely, Saturdays. I think it’s important to have ample rest in between simply because I’m a busy Mama running on very little sleep.
I don’t have a deadline and I’m not setting one because I want my focus to be on creating a healthy habit + enjoying the process. Over the years of doing battle with PCOS, exercise went from something that I truly enjoyed to something that I hated. Years of no results + denying every indulgence will do that to you. I don’t want this to become another “must do” item, I want it to be a “want to do” item.
With that said, I do need to be strict with actually making it happen. No excuses. There will be many times where that’s difficult + there will be many times that I just don’t wanna. This is what I’ll have to push through to end up somewhere better at the end of 6 weeks…or 10…or 20.
Food wise, I’m not implementing any specific meal plan right now because I think it would be sheer overwhelm with trying to use up what we have before we move, making family meals, staying within a budget, packing lunches for work. I’m just going to be conscious of portions + the quality of the food that I’m eating—will this help my body or harm it? Rather than something temporary, I want to do better with my mindset + self-control permanently. And I think this is all that’s necessary to accomplish this initial step of reintroducing running + losing weight. Once I get into my half training—I’ll start to implement a more structured plan to strategically fuel my body the way I need to.
Weight loss is something I hope to achieve simply because it’s healthier (diabetes runs in the fam) + I know I’ll feel better. I currently weigh 184lbs. Which is 30lbs less then my highest weight–so it’s not an embarrassing number to me–it feel’s a lot like success + hope. I AM hoping to lose 42lbs more (which will put me at 140lb, my weight when Andrew + I were married) over the natural course of this program. I will add, that the most important thing is being healthy + strong. The number on the scale isn’t necessarily an indicator of that. So this is my current goal, but if a different weight is healthier + better (muscle mass, etc.), than my goal will adjust.
I really squeezed every last drop out of pre-natal + post-partum life. If I didn’t feel like it, I didn’t do it. If I did feel like, I did it. I’ll leave it up to you to decide how many times I felt like eating a cookie instead of going on a run. I’ve gone almost a year with no exercise and before that it was extremely scattered as I felt capable during my pregnancy. That makes for a lot of hard work getting back into it—but it’s also been my reprieve from years of battling + losing to PCOS.
Side note: you can read my detailed story on my PCOS journey HERE.
I’ve always loved working out. My first real job was at age 12, as a desk attendant at a local gym where I learned how to weight train. From there on the gym always felt like an important + natural part of life. Then I gained 73+lbs in 5 months + for the life of me—all of the self-control, hours spent sweating at the gym, the weekends spent meal prepping, researching PCOS + specific diet plans—I could not lose a pound. In fact, I only ever gained weight while weight training due to increased muscle mass. For years, I sat in the 200’s feeling worthless + incapable of doing a thing to fix it. It wasn’t until I started using oils for hormonal balance, had completely weaned myself off of my meds for OVER a year, and had actually loosened up on my diet + worked out less that the number on the scale started to budge and I lost 22lbs. Then I immediately got pregnant and here we are. Lol After having Jack, within that first week, I was back to my new weight number—pre-pregnancy. Since then, my weight has gone up and down but I have lost an additional 8lbs for 30lbs all together. Which leaves me with 42lbs to lose.
My goal for blogging all of this is to share the journey with you. I feel like so many trainers + exercise gurus are SO inspiring but we usually only see the “before” pictures in retrospect. It would be a lot easier to do so, knowing the results are in the bag. But personally, with my history, I think it’s important to share the process. At least for me, that’s most encouraging. So, I’m inviting you into this very personal part of my life (feeling a bit vulnerable, if we’re being totally honest) so that you can follow along with all the ups + downs + wins + losses and hopefully it’s encouraging to you wherever you are. You will see that I am all human. That I struggle on the daily. I don’t know if I can count myself as post-partum at almost 9 months outside the womb—but you’ll see that I am just another woman, working through post-partum + PCOS recovery, struggling with stubborn weight, and a little too infatuated with cookies. I’ll blog a full update every other week. But I’ll share to stories as often as is relevant—it will also be more casual + humorous on that platform, so definitely follow along there.
Before I log off, I just want to say thanks for sticking around, whether you’ve been here since the beginning or have just started tagging along. You make me want to keep writing + always improve. I hope that this segment is just another means of encouragement to you. See you back for my first running log update in two weeks! XOXO