Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Mileposts and Milestones

running-shoes-male-weightloss-program Yay! Brian and I have started jogging together. Our plan includes 3 days a week of jogging (or elliptical on rainy days), and walks on Sundays. Now, let me emphasize what a HUGE deal this is. Brian and I each really hate jogging. Of all forms of exercise, it’s probably a least favorite. And, when it comes to exercise in general we’re not very motivated (read=lazy). Oh sure, we keep trying. We start contests and incentive plans, but they don’t usually last very long. We both hope we keep this up though.

Another reason this is amazing for us is because we’re taking both kids along, which is a demotivator itself. We don’t own a jogging stroller, so we just use the regular sit-n-stand double stroller. Brennan sits on the bench behind Asher. Today, he hopped off several times to jog with us. It was so cute!

51QW9tbq2uL._AA400_Besides the fact that bringing them adds extra weight and bulk, the biggest problem is that Brennan doesn’t stop asking questions. It’s hard to answer questions like “what’s a slug? What do they do? Where are their mouths? What’s that yellow line? Why are the plants green?” etc. while you’re huffing and puffing. When we’re not trying to sputter out answers, we’re laughing about our sweet inquisitive boy.

So, we’ve made it out the last two mornings now. Today was harder, since yesterday was the first day either or us had jogged in a very, very long time. Even still, we can’t get over how good we feel the rest of the day. Brian has commented about how much more awake he feels. I suspect we’re staying on adrenaline highs all day simply from the pride of doing this dreaded chore at all, but hopefully the effects will stay noticeable enough to keep us going. Honestly, I think doing this activity together is going to be the key to our success. I enjoy the companionship aspect over watching a show while on a machine, plus there’s that added level of accountability when we do it together. I’m very excited for us!!!



Our Army Life said...

If you can make it happen for at least 4 weeks, it will be a favorite activity and not a dreaded chore. I stuck to a goal of exercising 5 times a week and eating only 1600 calories a day for a month, and then after that I couldn't stop. I was able to drop 20 lbs in 3 months before i got pregnant. Good for you! It's awesome that you're doing it together!

Kelly said...

Are you using Jenny's plan?

Way to go! I look at our morning exercising as 3x a week date night! It's hard for me to get up because usually I've just finished feeding the baby. We have to go at 5:30am so Josh will have time to get ready for work. Some days, like today, it means I'm up at 4:45am with Natalie and never go back to bed. Ouch! I've been taking little naps in the afternoon to compensate (Nat is sick so she's up more often). BUT, I do feel so much better. AND I am getting so much more done during the day because I'm up and at 'em sooner!

Let's check in at the end of the month and make sure our couples exercise is still going strong! I look forward to running with you in April!

Michelle said...

Heather! I wish you really would move to Blackfoot, Idaho! You would love it - you know you would. The potato museum! Just think about it.