Friday, January 9, 2009

Runner's High

I never thought this would happen, but I actually ran on the treadmill. I did. I did it yesterday for 7 minutes and today for 11. Suddenly I wasn't so worried about the gym, its dust, and its serious need for a roof repair (hello pails set up by the bathroom to catch the roof water).

Let me start here: I was feeling super down about my lack of weight loss for the past 8 weeks. Yes, 8 weeks people! I went to get a fill for my lapband on Wednesday and my weight hasn't changed. I pretty much got into bed on Wed. night at 7:30 or so. Yes, Wed. was my 14th anniversary. I would have felt bad for my hubby, but we did a quick overnighter on Tues night so we had already celebrated. Anyway, I was in bed on Wed. by 7:30 and just laid there feeling sorry for myself. Then on Thursday morning I had to talk myself into getting up and going to the gym. I finally rolled out of bed, with a crappy attitude, and got to the gym.

I was walking along on a treadmill I had not tried before and started listening to my workout playlist. Okay, there are some crazy songs on there...like Rehab by Amy Winehouse. That is actually song #1. I started likening the song to me. Of course I don't need rehab for drugs or alcohol....but I need one for my body. Then here comes Carrie Underwood (do you think Amy and Carrie are friends in real life? Do you think I picked these songs because the girls names are the names of my sisters? Interesting.) So Carrie is singing "Before He Cheats," how she took a Louisville Slugger to some guys headlights, carved her name into the leather, slashed a hole in all four tires....etc. So, I start visualizing my fat (sorry if I'm too descriptive) and I start taking a big ole baseball bat to that sucker and the more I listen and walk, the more powerful I feel.

Then I think, Hey, I just saw some super, duper fatties on The Biggest Loser actually RUNNING on treadmills, not walking. So I think, I'll try it.

I wait patiently for the guy next to me to get off the treadmill because there is no way I'm going to embarass myself and start running with someone SO CLOSE. I wait until he is gone. At this point I have 8 minutes left. I punch the speed up and start running. And I run until I have 30 seconds left and punch it down and "cool down" for 30 seconds.

I could not believe it. My entire life I've told myself that it would take an act of God to get me to EVER run. I didn't believe I was capable. But those Big Losers inspired me...and I did it.

Then today, I repeated it. It wasn't a fluke. I actually upped my running by 50% and ran an entire 11 minutes.

I feel empowered. I feel blessed.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are on fire! Congratulations! What a high for you. Keep up the good work, Jeanna! See you tonight!

mom/Janet said...

Oh Jeanna, I'm glad to see you encouraged. Keep up the good work.

Julie J. said...

That is so awesome. I am seriously jealous right now... I wish I could get that fired up about exercising.

Reno Wells said...

WAY TO GO!!!!I wish I lived near so I could feed off your enthusiasm!

Erin. said...

How 'bout coming into the Big City in June for the Orem Summerfest 5K run with me? It would motivate me back into running if I had someone to run it with me!!!!Hint Hint!

Bridget said...

Way to go! Keep up the hard work!

Brittany said...

happy day! you are awesome! see, running is fun :) you want to run a half marathon with me this year? or even a 5k? you could TOTALLY do it! let me know...

Abbie said...

Seriously dude, that is so amazing! Good for you. Just be careful not to up it too fast from here out because any new runner risks shin splints and other nasty injuries. They say to increase 10% per week if that makes sense... Email me if you would like any more running advice. Keep it up!

Collette said...

YAY!! I can't wait to hear about your success.

Do you know what inspires me (just cause it's funny)? Bridger wanting to watch my workout video all the time. Having it on constantly makes me feel guilty for not doing it...

Katie said...

You go girl!! My running days are over so its good to hear that someone else can. :) I loved the descriptive detail about the whole experience.

Katie said...

You go girl!! My running days are over so its good to hear that someone else can. :) I loved the descriptive detail about the whole experience.

Katie said...

You go girl!! My running days are over so its good to hear that someone else can. :) I loved the descriptive detail about the whole experience.

hyker said...

Now I just need to get you to the mountains to experience that "Hiker's High." It's far better than the "Runner's High" as it comes with a view.

mooney said...

Good job! I am so impressed with your commitment to exercising. I need to be better and get myself motivated again.

Holley, Dane Brien & Wesley Berry said...

Fantastic! I just know the scale is going to start its downward trek soon. Interval training (walking,running,walking) is supposed to be all the rage right now and help you burn tons more fat!