Matt: Day 1 Run
5 minute warm-up, alternate running one minute and walking for 90 seconds, 5 minute cool down
Weight: 197.5 lbs
After far too long, Emma have I have decided to get back to exercising. So six days a week we’ll be trading off working out and running with the C25k app.
Today was my first day with the app. Having done this two years ago, I mistakenly assumed it would be a breeze. Not really. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t necessarily hard. It just wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped. But just like the last time I tried this, I know it’ll get easier.
I’m ashamed to admit a minute of running was almost too much at first. Just when I found myself wondering if I’d be able to last… the app told me a minute was already up. After that the minute of running felt a whole lot easier.
Last time I ran we didn’t have a dog. But I’m happy to say that Greta was great. I think she really enjoyed it. If anything, she enjoyed it too much. She kept running ahead of me and pulling. We’ll have to work on that over the next eight weeks.
All in all, I’m excited to be doing this again especially since Emma and I are in it together. Ideally, we’ll keep each other motivated. It’ll be great to see what changes in eight weeks!
Emma: Day 1 Exercise At Home
I begrudgingly decided that it was time to do something about my ever increasing weight since I stopped breastfeeding. I am NOT an exercise person by any means. Matt will tell you that he has tried to convince me to workout with him many times over the years. I was resistant because, let’s be honest, I didn’t want to put the time and effort into it. I was within a normal healthy weight for my age and height, why complicate things? But lack of time/motivation for activity, stress, and poor diet have taken its toll on my body. I went from one of my lowest weights to, now, my highest. I am hoping with support from Matt, a new routine, and a little healthier diet, I can become a leaner, more zen version of myself.
We decided to alternate running and working out at home because the mornings worked out best for us and one has to stay home to be with the sleeping babe (lucky duck). We printed off several darebee.com workouts we handpicked to be full body workouts that would keep us interested week to week. The C25K was a great program for Matt to get into running. As much as I hate working out, I absolutely LOATHE running! My dad has been a pretty serious runner in the past and it just never appealed to me. The time commitment, the nasty, sweaty clothes, the expensive shoes, the blisters, black toe nails, and pure exhaustion! Who would put themselves through that?! But I decided to try, just so MAYBE I can jog short distances for a workout when I want to.
This morning, I picked “The Roaster” for my at-home work out. It is mostly jumping jacks with a few pushups, squats, planks, and mountain climbers thrown in. My legs were like jelly by the end of my 3 sets! Then I chose a back strengthening yoga routine to upkeep my touchy lower back. I have had issues with it on and off since I was 13 so I don’t want to new work out routine to literally throw it off balance. Lastly, I did 100 (5 sets of 20) crunches on the exercise ball.
It feels good to be making a step forward! Even though I am tired from getting up early, I already feel like I have more energy and am in a more positive mood. I knew I wanted to do this for the physical health benefits, but I think the overall benefits will be just what I need as well!