Friday, September 28, 2007

Out of Shape!!!

I am in a lot of pain right now! I decided to go on a little jog just a little bit ago, Kristee made a deal with me that if I started to exercise daily for 2 months I could buy a skateboard. (I know it is a little bit of bribery, but it does add some motivation.) Some may say, "Aren't you getting a little old for a skateboard." You can never be too old to skateboard. I have a waveboard and love all board sports so I thought I might add to my board sport addiction. (More on that in another post.)

I am not only motivated by getting a skateboard, but also the fact that I want to get back in good shape. I am planning on playing on a church basketball team this winter and really need to get in better shape. Sounds like most of the guys will be younger so I without a doubt need to get in shape just to hang with them. I also know it is what is good for my health.

About once a year I get in the mood to start exercising and I do well for about 3 months or so, but then I get out of routine for one reason or another and go back to being "lazy" about exercise. I really set out each time to make it a "life change", but have yet to really stick to exercising for more than 4 months. I do get into a good routine, but then the smallest change in schedule screws the whole thing up. I am looking once more to making this change and hopefully sticking to it. Maybe posting about my progress every once in a while will help keep me motivated.

As for the jog today, I set out to jog 1 mile and actually made it. Was it easy? NO, I was at about the 3/4 mark when I really started feeling it like no other. My legs felt like they were going to cramp up and give out. My chest felt like it was going to explode, heart and lungs. I couldn't take a deep breathe and felt faint, dizzy and that feeling of I am going to puke. Sounds pleasant doesn't it. I was a mile from home and really started questioning whether or not I was going to be able to make it home. On top of jogging a mile I was also pushing the kids in our double jogging stroller. I know I would have struggled without it, but I know it makes it harder to jog with. I am just know starting to feel a little better and realize how good it was for me to do it. But I must say that while I am out there jogging and it starts getting tough, I start having this mental battle of "You are and idiot why in the world are you doing this, this is the first and last time we are doing this again. Once more Josh you are a moron!" That is what goes on in my head when things start getting tough and I have to push through it all.

In reality I am not sure if I should have pushed myself as far as I did, but then again maybe I needed to, just not sure. In retrospect I am glad I did and would have been disappointed had I not made the mile. The reason for that is the fact that Kristee has been jogging for the past 3 months or so and can jog a mile each time. Me being the extremely competitive person that I am wanted to prove to myself that I too could jog a full mile. Boy was I paying for it, but I know that as I do it more I will be able to go even further and a little more ease.

I plan on starting to lift weights again and hope that I can get back into a good routine of exercising everyday. I will feel better about myself and more importantly be in better shape for doing all those sports that I love so much. I am going to try to use this as a motivational tool and will post updates of my progress and road to better health and getting in shape.