Friday, July 26, 2013

Victory for Josh!

Josh is doing the couch to 5k program, which is an app that trains you to run. When he tried it before he made it through the first few days of the program, then he had an asthma attack, gave up, decided he couldn't run and that's what spurred this whole return to running for both of us.

Today he completed the portion of the program that made him give up last time with no asthma attack and no quitting. He ran up the stairs this morning to tell me and he was practically jumping out of his skin he was so excited and so proud of himself. He kept saying "I didn't think I could do it and I did it!" It was one of those moments as a mom that I don't ever want to forget so I'm writing it down. I'm so proud of him, and I'm grateful to him for being such a good example to me. Every day when I feel like quitting he makes sure that I don't and watching his successes makes me want to keep going.

I'm making slower progress than he is, but I'm definitely making progress. I started out on my first day doing 20 minutes and I add a minute to my workout every day. I'm also throwing short runs in whenever I can. It's still nothing to brag about, but just setting a goal and sticking to it feels good. With some time and effort I can work back up to where I was before. I already feel better. Exercising every morning improves my mood and gives me an extra energy boost to get through my day.

One thing I'm excited about is that they're building a branch of the gym I have a membership to right next to the new park I used to ride my bike to last summer! I got a membership through Shawn's work a few years ago. I was using it for water aerobics for a while. I haven't been in ages but the membership fee is dirt cheap and comes right out of Shawn's paycheck so I've never bothered to cancel it because it hardly costs us anything and I keep meaning to go back.

Right now if I want to go it's kind of a drive to get there, but in a few months it's going be basically within walking distance from my house. I will be able to get there through the park. I could ride my bike over there, work out and ride home if the weather was good. I probably won't do it much this year because Clarissa is still with me most of the time so it's easier to just use my treadmill at home but next year she starts Kindergarten and I will be childless for part of my day every day. It would be nice to be able to go over there by myself in the mornings. Then I could use different machines. The treadmill gets boring after a while. It's a long range plan, but I'm hoping to make it work.

So everything is going good here these days. Josh is off to scout camp next week, so my workout buddy will be gone, which will be a bummer, but he's really looking forward to camp this year and I know he's going to have a great time. This weekend I need to get him packed.

Summer is flying by but we're doing great and reaching goals! :)

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