In a long story that I'd rather not get into, in November I had to move. I was never particularly happy in Rhode Island [I was happier than my dark depression days, but not happy], even though I loved my job and my gym and my house setup [I miss my home gym!]. But I missed my friends, and I missed earning a livable paycheck, so I packed up and went back to Chicago. I gave myself the winter off to get settled, I knew I would gain weight and get out of shape, but it was something I had to do with all the other stress in my life.
I'm still not "settled" per say, I'm still working on that livable paycheck thing [I've got it some weeks, but I'm still a temp with the company I started at in December so hours fluctuate], my apartment isn't close to ideal, and there's no way I can afford a gym here because they're so expensive. But I've got my friends, I work for a great non-profit, and winter's finally[?] over. *glares at the 49 degree forecast for today*
So, it's time to get serious about working out again. I'm limited in what I can do [no space in my apartment, and I mean that quite literally; no gym membership], but that's not a reason to skip the things I can do. What can I do? Running, of course. My first answer to everything! Incline pushups at my desk at work. "Desk yoga" [you laugh but it really helped my back when it was spasming this winter!]. Just getting out and walking around [I live within a mile of everything I need, except most of my friends, so there's no reason to take the bus].
I snapped this picture at work [the only place I can see most of my body in a mirror] a couple weeks ago. I haven't gained a terrible amount of weight [I honestly thought I'd gained so much more!], but I have lost a lot of muscle and gained a lot of body fat that personal training had usually taken care of.
I know it's been a while since I last posted "progress pics" but if you don't want to go through the archives, believe me, it's a noticeable difference. Especially regarding my upper arms and chest.
So, I buckled down and bought new running shoes. It took me a couple more weeks to actually get out there, but this Tuesday I finally went on a run with my friend Kelly. Okay, it was more of a run/walk. Okay, it was more of a walk with occasional bursts of running that were slower than my walking pace. I'm starting a 5K training plan on Sunday with structured running blocks to help me improve.
That's me, stopping at the peace garden during our run. I still don't like morning runs, but at least the lakeshore path isn't crowded at 9am.
And these were my pedometer stats for Tuesday, which is not entirely accurate with regards to the running distance [because, like I said, our running pace was slower than my usual walking pace] but it's got the distance logged.
It was an exhausting but good outing. I'm still sore [so instead of our planned Thursday run, we're going tomorrow morning]. But I'm back.