I’m the queen of the marathon…the movie marathon that is. As they say on How I Met Your Mother, if you don’t marathon Star Wars at least every three years, the Empire wins. Personally, I think if you don’t marathon Lord of the Rings (the extended editions) at least once a year, then Ring might as well have survived Mount Doom and be back on Sauron’s finger. (I agree with the boy, there should be a statute of limitations on spoilers. The books have been out over 50 years, and the movies have been out over a decade. I refuse to put up a spoiler alert).
Here’s the thing, much as I’m into the couch potato marathon, everyone else in my age group seems to be into the marathon that requires actual running. I’ll be honest, I don’t get it. Everyone I know seems to constantly be going on an on about exercising and preparing for races and actually running races. What’s really weird? They actually seem to enjoy it. It seems to make them feel good. Now, I do get up and exercise five days a week. I do it because it’s good for my health, and I’ve found that when I don’t exercise, joints start to hurt (I know that’s an old person thing to say, but it’ true). However, I don’t enjoy exercising. I don’t get any kind of high from the experience. It’s just one of those things that must be done and so I do it.
So, I head into my second week. I’ve worked on really keeping an eye on what I’ve eaten (helped that I had to have more dental work in the middle of the week. Nothing like pain to make you eat less), and I’ve been exercising faithfully. And…I’ve gained weight. On the bright side, my t-shirts feel like they’re fitting a tiny bit looser (not my imagination, they totally are), so I’m going to rule this as a week where the scale doesn’t matter. (Otherwise, I’ll start feeling super depressed and give up, which would be stupid, since I’ve only been at this a week).
Weight to Lose: 111.5 lbs.
Weight to Mini Goal: 12.5 lbs.
I’ve now walked (and done a bit of jogging) in two half marathons. I don’t get it either. It’s fun to finish and say you’ve accomplished something big, but it isn’t worth the difficulty walking after or the pain in the middle. A full marathon just seems dumb! (Full disclosure, I do a poor job of training. I might feel better if I did actual training. But, mentally, I think it’s still dumb. And I don’t really enjoy the act of intentionally exercising.)