Recently, one of my girlfriends invited me to join her in an upcoming 10K here in Richmond, Virginia. At first I was a little reluctant. I thought that there was no way I could run a race with all this junk in my trunk, not to mention it’s 6.2 miles! Oy! But after some thought and support from my family and friends I decided to do it. Now training is on the agenda.
As I began to train for this 10K, I realized that the waist management journey is just like training for a race. There will be bumps in the road, moments when you have to push through a little harder, times when you just feel like you can’t go on, and times when you have to lean on your partner to make it to your goal.
As with losing weight, it’s always best to tell others about your goals and plans because it helps you to be accountable and remain focused. The first thing I did was pick up the phone and the spread the word. I first called my cousin who has been my biggest fan and supporter. He has inspired me over the years for so many reasons and has done many races himself despite physical challenges. He gladly accepted my invitation and will be coming to Virginia to join me. The fact that he will be there with me during this race means so much to me. So many people have signed up for the 10K that it has become a family and friends affair!
Now it’s time to hit the pavement running. Each week I have a schedule that tells me how many miles I need to run/walk in order to build up to the 6.2 miles without injury. It’s been a struggle to follow, I will admit. There are days that are just too cold to be out running, sick days, tired days, and busy days. I have learned that I need to overcome the excuses and just keep moving.
During our weight loss journey, Dr. Roizen and Dr. Oz instructed us that we needed to take 10,000 steps a day, every day. Sounds easy enough, huh? Guess again! It can be very challenging, however it is so important! I have found that practice makes perfect. Although you may not be able to complete all that is required on a given day, it is important to try to give a little bit more each day.
It is also important to visualize your goals. Obviously, my goal is to complete the race. Even if I do not run the entire race and need to finish it out walking, I just want to get across that finish line and feel fulfilled and proud of myself. The same idea applies to losing weight – I have a healthy waist line, and I can’t wait to put on one sexy, slinky dress that I can dance around in. I can’t wait to look in the mirror and see the woman I worked so hard on smile back at me with a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Lastly, slow and steady wins the race! Pace yourself and keep looking towards that goal – it’s a matter of time before you cross your own finish line.