Saturday, April 9, 2011

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge! OMG I Am Running!

When my Weight Watcher's contact emailed me asking to participate in a 5k challenge I laughed outloud, then I read on and saw that you could walk it, I figured... why not?  Then after an hour or two I got into the shower mulling over my up and coming 5k walk and thought, "why don't I run?"   Remembering that I do not run, I mean maybe if a guy with a knife was chasing me I would run, but other than a life threatening situation or one in which I needed to rescue a child or animal, I DO NOT RUN.  The intense dislike and the fact that I have not run since the dreaded "mile" in Jr. High PE actually made it seem like a very challenging challenge.

I downloaded the 6 week running training guide from Weight Watcher's Walk-It Challenge and looked over the first week.  Hmmm run for only a minute with a minute of walking in between.  Maybe it is possible?  Then I called my husband, who actually runs, to get some feedback.  When he initially laughed I knew that I had to do this.  In fact, I am already on day 4!

Now for a second, let me talk to you mom to mom.  There are so many reasons why you can't exercise, especially with little children.  Seriously, it is impossible! For 3 months I had to get up at 5am to exercise before the rest of the family got up, I was exhausted!  I have tried exercising with a video and including them, but the entire time they whine, need something, or can't stay in my sight.  Very distracting!  Now let's visit running or walking... put them in the stroller with some snacks and a park within view as the reward for sitting nicely in the stroller while mama runs, priceless!  For the first time ever, I have no excuses!

I will admit that halfway through the run I am hating life and right now I walk like an invalid because I am so sore, but it is so worth it!  I am actually doing something for me!  I am working towards a goal and feeling amazing after each run.

Go to Weight Watcher's Walk-It Challenge and check it out!  Also any friends in Orange County, California want to run with me?  Email me at LaurenTurner949(at)gmail(dot)com. 

Here are some tips that Weight Watchers would like me to share with you:
  • The first step is getting up and moving - start slow and increase your speed and distance over time. Be sure to set reasonable goals.
  • To help motivate you, sign up for a future 5k.  Having that date on the calendar is sure to keep you focused.
  • Be sure to add strength training to your routine.  Before you know it, you will have a new you!
  • Finally, listen to your body.  If you need to rest take a day off.  And Have fun!
Being a Weight Watchers Insider I am frequently given incentives and free products. I am not a paid employee or contractor, nor am I monetarily compensated but I am affiliated with their programs and company. My opinions are honest and not hindered nor persuaded due to these perks.


Almost There said...

I am starting this plan as well! I just finished the first week, start week 2 tomorrow! Very excited!

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