Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

I Want to Run a 5k

Yes, I said it. I want to run a 5K. That may not seem like a lot but to someone who has not run in over 13 years, that’s a big deal. I like having a challenge or a goal to accomplish. For the past 30 days it’s been completing the EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge, now I need something to feel the void. Yes, I’m going to redo the challenge at the high level of intensity but I need more.

Part of me thinks I’m feeding off some endorphins but the other part of me knows this is a sincere desire. I’ve always admired women who run marathons or speak in the “language of K.” To me they always represented something that I could never be ~ athletic, fit, healthy, beautiful, graceful, coordinated…. But I can be those things. Finishing the 30 Day Challenge helped me to realize that I can be the person that I want to be.

In order to become that person, I’m going to have to make some nutritional, physical and behavioral adjustments. Pete Cohen asked us to make a list of the “tools” that we plan to use to move towards being a better version of ourselves, so here are the tools I intend to use:

Nutritional Tools
~ Eat natural Foods – I have been cooking just about everything from scratch this week and relying as little as possible on processed foods. My goal is to slowly phase out as many processed foods from our diets as possible. Remember, I’m cooking for a family, I don’t want to shock them.
~ Drink 64 oz of water – This has been one of my biggest issues. For some reason, when I drink water from a bottle I don’t have a problem getting the proper amount but when I drink from a glass…issues. So now I have a water bottle. Yeah, I’m weird.

Exercise and Activity Tools
~ Walk for 30 minutes every day – This’ll be tough because I’m a “weather wimp” (thank you, Holly). If it even looks like it’s gonna rain, I’m in the house. I must overcome my fear of the cold, rain, snow, sun, fog, wind, etc.
~ Do 2 to 3 activity sessions per week – Well, I’m continuing the 30 Day Challenge (high intensity) and next week I plan to start training for the 5K. I don’t think this will be a problem. Unless the weather gets involved

Behavioral Tools
~ Eat slowly – I was in the Army and I live with 4 teenagers, I’m used to having to wolf down my food if I want to eat. I will stop and chew, stop and chew, stop and chew
~ Eat only when hungry – I eat when I’m bored, tired, upset, happy, excited… I just eat. Pete says one of the best ways to determine if it’s true hunger or thirst that I’m feeling is to do one of two things: 1. rate my hunger (1 being not really hungry and 10 being starving) or 2. take a drink of water and seeing if the hunger pains abate. I have to drink water anyway so….

EA Sports Active 30 Day Challenge: Day 1
Minutes ~ 50
Calories ~ 302.4

Steps ~ 4575
Miles ~ 2.96
KCal~ 203.7

Coffee with 1 tsp of sugar and 3 tsps of cream
Bowl of Cheerios

Mango Coconut Soy Joy Bar

Rice Piccata

Trail Mix

Harvest Pot Pie

67.6 oz

Disclosure: I received membership to the Pete Cohen 21 Day Challenge courtesy of Mamavation

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