Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I was shocked when I stepped on the scale this morning! Yesterday I was up a little from my diet cheat over the weekend and today I was hoping just to be back down to my previous low. But when I stepped on the scale this morning, not only was I back down to my previous low, I lost another .6! That brings me to exactly 17 pounds lost. Yay!! Maybe attempting to kill myself on the treadmill yesterday was super effective!

Everything I read said not to do HIIT every day, so today I started day one of the Couch to 5K program and I'll alternate them every other day. Couch to 5K is an interval program that gets a sedentary person running in 8 weeks (or maybe it's 9, I can't remember). There is a schedule you follow where you alternate walking and running and it phases in longer runs and shorter walks until eventually you're running an entire 5k. It's kind of a less intense version of HIIT.

This is what I tried to do last year and I made it through the first few minutes of the first day and had an asthma attack so bad I almost had to go to the hospital. I gave up after that. There was clearly no way I was going to complete the program when I couldn't even get through five minutes of the first day.

I am happy to report that today I successfully completed day one! When I failed so miserably at it last year it was really discouraging. I was going through that really crappy year last year and I was feeling pretty low anyway and not being able to do even the most basic exercise program just made me feel worse about myself.

Completing it today, even though it was just day one of the program, was kind of huge for me. I proved to myself that I'm not a failure at this. It's fairly pathetic that it took me three months of daily training to even complete day one of the program, I realize, but I DID it. Last year I honestly didn't think I ever could. I spent a while last year feeling like a failure and NOT feeling like a failure feels pretty good.

My second exciting news of the day is that last night Shawn got us tickets to see the Broadway touring cast of Les Miserables tomorrow!! Maybe you don't know this about me because I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I LOVE Broadway plays. Seriously love them. One of the reasons I wanted to move to New York after high school was to see a play on Broadway. When I finally made it to New Jersey I would take the bus to New York City every chance I got and see Broadway plays and my favorite was Les Miserables. I love it.

I saw it again several years ago when the touring cast went through Utah and I'm really excited to see it again tomorrow! We're going to a matinee and we decided to get three tickets and take Josh with us. We're taking him out of school for the afternoon, which I wouldn't normally do, but I feel like it's an educational opportunity and I really want him to experience it. I love that he's finally old enough to do grown up things with us. He's excited about it, I think it should be really fun!

So there are all sorts of pretty exciting things happening here these days! I'm losing weight, I'm reaching goals that I never thought I could reach and tomorrow I'm going to be sitting in a theater crying while Eponine dies in Marius's arms. It gets me every time. :)

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