In January of this year I got off my butt and started exercising. I couldn't run more than a minute or two at a time so built my endurance using the Couch Potato to 5K program, which I highly recommend!!! My friend encouraged me to sign up for a 5K race and I ran my first one in March. I blogged about it here. Finally a goal reached! It was awesome!
I learned that I need to constantly set new goals to stay motivated so I ran another race in May and another in July, with a friend who also did the C2K5 program.
I keep my bib numbers with photos of my friends near my treadmill. It motivates me and reminds me of what I have accomplished.
It wasn't long ago that I started and stopped this journey a few times. I'm 35 years old and this is the first time I ever worked out consistently. I love it! I love not having guilt about NOT doing it! I have lost inches and feel stronger and healthier.
I might be getting addicted to the sweat! I don't push to feel burn - I don't like that feel. But I like sweat because it's rather cleansing for some reason! Beads of sweat make me feel accomplished! I also have tolerated the summer humidity much better this year. I'm used to sweating and it isn't uncomfortable anymore.
I haven't signed up for any more races but hope to find one in September. I ran my last race in over 31 minutes so I'm convinced I can shave more time off and get in under 30! My new goal! And then I plan to run the first 5K I did again in March. So that'll keep me running til then.
On another note, I've added zumba to my exercise program to strengthen my core which has been a goal for some time too. I loving dancing but I am in the awkward learning phase right now. Glad to have DVDs and the privacy of my basement!!!
Also I track all my workouts at the Daily Mile website. Easy tracking!