Monday, March 19, 2012

Sick of Being Squishy

I know I'm... squishy.

I didn't used to be squishy. I used to be a size 4, I used to run cross-country, I used to take the dogs for 3-4 hour hikes in the wilderness every day.

I don't know what changed. Well, I know the contributing factors... I started working at a convenience store in college and developed a taste for sugar and fat. I was stressed out from having to take classes full-time and have a full-time job. I went through nearly two years of constant anemia and "female problems" that ultimately landed me in the hospital to remove a grapefruit-sized tumor... and also a diagnosis of PCOS. To top it all off, 90% of the food I was eating was making me sick... celiac disease. And now, my job consists of me sitting in front of a computer all day.

I'm sick of being squishy. I've been attempting to get more active, but it really hit me this past weekend when I got tired after a 5 minute obedience session with Jayne. Really, self? Did you really just get tuckered out after tugging with a 75lb dog for a few minutes? Things have got to change.

So here's the deal. I'm fixing this. And those of you who know me have every right (and my permission) call me out if you notice me giving up or slacking off.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I'm going to be doing C25k, and I'm taking Kaylee with me. She's not squishy, but she's definitely lacking in the energy/muscle department.... so she needs it as much as I do. I started tonight, and it actually went really well. I downloaded the podcasts to my iPod so I have something telling me when to run, when to walk, when to start and when to stop. I did have to laugh when the "coach" said I should be feeling the effects by now but not be out of breath... shoot, I was out of breath three minutes ago! I did learn that I need a few things.

1. a hands-free leash system for Kaylee
2. a holder for my iPod
3. ear buds (I stole my husband's PSP ear buds tonight, shhhhh don't tell him!)
4. maybe some new shoes. I'd like to eventually transition over to VFFs.

Tuesdays and Thursdays I'm going to continue biking. I actually started this several weeks ago, but I'm not going to stop biking now that I've started running again. I am up to biking a total of four miles now - two miles with Kaylee and two miles with Jayne. Eventually I'll increase this, but I want to stay at 2 miles for the dogs' sakes. Trotting alongside a bike for two miles is a lot more strenuous than biking two miles.

I also want to start walking at Gray's Lake on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. I'll be taking Tallahassee both days, and probably alternating Jayne and Kaylee. Those walks are usually 6-10 miles and are actually quite easy. One problem I'm running into though is blisters. I had the same problem last year. I'm going to try VFFs and see if they'll keep the blisters away. I only get blisters on my toes, so I think it's a "toe box" issue with poorly-designed (albeit expensive and popular) shoes.

Weekends will vary. My only goal for the weekend is either a nice hike with the dogs, or an extra walk at Gray's Lake.

I want to feel healthier. I want to do 5ks with my friends from high school, and I want to do zombie runs. I want to fit into my clothes again and not be so self-conscious all the time. I've looked and felt like a marshmallow Peep for too long, and I'm putting an end to it.

I'm also going to further improve my eating habits. Smaller portions, more fruits and veggies, no more soda except on special occasions. I'm also going to try to limit my Mini-Egg intake, but that will be hard. You all know I live for Mini-Eggs!

(This is why I run at night)


  1. We admire the fact that you are trying to do something about being squishy. We have been squishy for years, and hate exercise and love eating. The funniest thing happened that made us lose weight...our false teeth have completely changed our appreciation of food, and we eat half of our usual overload. Because we can't taste it as well as it covers the upper palate, and chewing is too difficult as the lack of sensation of false teeth on lower teeth is less pleasant though not difficult. Its a new normal! Hope you don't have to get that far and that your exercise regimen works, but we love the new relationship we have with food thanks to our false teeth:)

  2. Good Luck!

    Careful transitioning over to the VFF's or other minimalist shoes. I've got some and love them, but if your feet aren't used to going "barefoot" and you suddenly quit wearing shoes and go for a run... You'll be in a world of hurt. Take it easy for a while so your feet can build up the proper strength before you start going for speed and distance.
    And, to help with blisters, get some toe socks, regardless of the types of shoes you end up with. They are great for preventing toe blisters, if you get those.

  3. Thanks! I usually only put shoes on when I have to go somewhere, but I'm definitely going to ease into running in them slowly. I've also got toe socks up the wazoo now!

  4. The good thing here was you did something to settle that issue.

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  5. WARRIOR DASH! It's great motivation to not die (me, Carrie, Joel...and some other humans that you probably know...are all signed up!) July 14; 9:30 flight. BOOYESH.


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