Monday, May 16, 2011
I got my car window fixed this weekend!! So I can get out and run again - It's pouring right now so I might have to postpone till tomorrow. That is one thing I knew I'd have to accept when I took on this running challenge. Still need to find a solution, I don't think I'd mind running in a little rain - I used to walk in it constantly but I'm not too sure how my boys will feel about playing in it... I guess I'll find out.
I lost 3 more pounds this week which, of course feels great! And I feel so much stronger than I did before and I love it - and I find it intoxicating. I want MORE! It is incredible! Loving those SP challenges!!
A little background story about me - I looked at my last blog and I noticed I posted this
It's hard not to notice that I stand a bit crooked - but look closer and you might notice my knees are offset. From birth my right lower leg did not develope at the same rate as my left. When I was 11 I had surgery (failed) to stunt the growth in my left leg to give my right a chance to "catch up." I say failed not because the procedure didn't stunt the growth in my left leg, but because I had already stopped growing so my right leg never caught up. At 20 I opted to have my left leg shortened rather than the long and painful procedure of lengthening. The only advantage of lengthening, in my mind, was that it would bring my knees to nearly the same level - the process of "breaking" my leg 4 times a day for 40 days did not seem worth it. I had never noticed my knees causing a problem other than flexibility. That is, until I started doing yoga and then again when I tried to walk in my hilly neighborhood. The yoga problems were easy to overcome - making adjustments and using props as needed. However, though walking was never a problem before we moved, I began having extreme headaches every time I walked around my new hilly neighborhood. I couldn't handle the pain and my body didn't want to walk up those hills - so I stopped. Problem was I loved walking and not being able to really depressed me and I resisted trying new things. Every video I bought got boring after a few repeats and I all but gave up for 3 years. That was my biggest set back. Every few months I'd try a new video, or wii, or kinect (OK I don't see the zumba getting old anytime soon) and I'd make a little progress but as soon as I got bored I'd start thinking about walking and get depressed again. I also had a hundred excuses, give or take a few, of why I couldn't go somewhere more flat to walk. Only one of them valid and only for about a year - and that had to do with transportation. When that was no longer an issue... well more excuses surfaced. But here's the good part - I'M DONE making excuses and DETERMINED to make it HAPPEN!
I still live in that hilly neighborhood that I hate - but I'm not going to add to that depression by letting myself down.
I still have a 5 yo not in school yet who won't sit in a stroller anymore - but I can get to the park and jog around the playground!
I still can't afford a gym membership but I CAN do SP videos and countless other strengthening exercises!
I still can't run for more than 2 minutes - but I AM going to be a runner!
I still have knees that are offset and I may never be a swimsuit model - but I am going to look so good you won't be looking at my knees!