Alan!! You are now a RUNNER! That's awesome! It's amazing to run 7+ minutes straight. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm new to running too, though I've worked out for over 10 years. Like you, in the past I wasn't interested in running. Then I got inspired by an ovarian cancer Survivor Sister. She's been training for our Teal for a Cure 5K on the 22nd of Sept, and she's doing awesome. I'm a bit younger than her and I have 1 more year or so of remission than her. I found myself believing that if she, than I can. About that time I found you on Facebook. And I am greatly inspired by you. I want more from my body, and my life- like you. Today I did 22 60s/30s walk/run intervals for 3.4 miles- my first mini-goal. Indeed, no one can live my life for me. I'm creating the life I want for myself, and I'm grateful for people like you to share in the journey.
Alan, thanks SO much for your blog. You'd be surprised to know how many times you have touched me with the updates on your story. :) I completely use the bathroom before I weigh in (I really thought that I was the only person who was neurotic like that). Your positivity is contagious!
I totally agree about the scale. I really don't step on it more. I am sick of it. Plus, I am probably the strongest I have ever been in my life. A scale is just a shackle and it makes me go crazy.
Alan, you are such an inspiration for me. Thanks for posting this video today. Someday will come that I'll look in the mirror and know the long road and hard work it took to get there. <3
I love your attitude in this! And you are right, it is SO liberating to free yourself. I still weigh in weekly, but like you said it's only one measure of progress. The number itself no longer has a hold over me, nor will it affect my mood and self-esteem like it used to in the beginning of the journey.And congrats on the running! Like you, I had never run before but one day decided to try. That was back in February and here it is September and I've already participated in three 5Ks and have two more before the end of the year! Don't give up, I know you'll get to that mile sooner rather than later :)
Congrats on your running accomplishment; that's awesome! I just made a list of fitness goals and in my little notebook it says "I will be able to run for 10 minutes without stopping by December 31, 2012." I'll be running right there with you!And I have a love/hate relationship with the scale. For a really long time I didn't step on the scale because I didn't want to know the number. But since I've gotten serious about my health & fitness journey, I try to weigh in at least every other week as a way (but not the only way!) to measure my progress.Good luck next week :)