So this blogpost is completely different from my normal blathering on about food! A couple of weeks ago I got an idea into my head to stop being a slave to the weighing scales and instead to concentrate on living a healthier lifestyle. I have always loved my grub and enjoyed exercise but am the first to admit I liked one a bit too much and the other one not enough!! My husband loves to run and he is like a sleek greyhound whereas I would compare myself to a cuddly Labrador pup but all that is set to change with my new found love of treading the roads of Offaly.
I heard Eamonn Coughlan on Today FM recently and he recommended that when starting to jog to "run as slow as you could for as long as you could" and with this in mind I set off into a new territory for me. The first morning I went out I must admit that I have never been so pleased to see my own front door, I was exhausted and within hours my legs were aching. However after a day of rest I set out again and since then I have never looked back. My alarm goes off at 6:00am and I am out running by 6:15am at least three times per week. It's a great time to think, listen to the birdsong and make plans for the coming day. I have been getting faster each morning and in the space of 4 weeks have knocked an incredible 11 minutes of my initial time. Life is so short and I want to live life to the full for as many years as I can and if this helps I am going to give it my all. For the first time in years I have no idea what I weigh and I don't care. I feel absolutely fantastic and despite being a busy working mum I am rarely tired. I had a few hours to myself on Saturday afternoon and I decided to go for a cycle on my bicycle, the old Paula would most certainly have been sitting in front of the telly chillaxing but I seem to have found a new zest for life! Long may it continue!
If you are considering taking up a new sport or activity I would urge you to just go for it, if you don't enjoy it there is always a different option. I am a scaredy cat when it comes to water but I am determined that 2012 is going to be the year I change that! Maybe I should sign up for a triathlon and then I will have to feel the fear and do it anyway!
Normal business resumes now! Thanks for reading! :-)