I wasn’t always a runner. In fact, I didn’t start running until my 30’s after I’d had two kids. I remember the first days of my running, I could barely make it around the block without wheezing. But I was determined and I needed to lose weight (and I lost 30 lbs!). I found a routine that worked for me and I’ve been using my strategy ever since. To date, I’ve run thousands of miles and now regularly run about 5 miles per day and usually 4-5 times per week.
Running is one of the best ways to lose weight, improve/maintain your health and a natural stress reliever. Make your goal (eventually) to get 3 miles or 30 minutes of running daily, on average.
Wake Up Determined, and Prepared
Wake up on your running days determined that your run is going to happen. To be successful, you need to do a little bit of prep work: Pack your workout bag in advance, determine a back-up plan if things don’t go your way (I’ll run in anything except the pouring rain or under 20 degrees – then I run inside). If you’re running in the morning, set your alarm. If you’re running during the day, schedule time – just like you would any other important appointment.
Seems like everyone, at one time or another, has been on a weight loss or wellness journey. I’m telling you, it can be done. You can lose the weight you want, but you have to figure out what you want to achieve and stick to it.
I gained 60 lbs with my second son (thank you iron deficiency and near bed rest). It took me 18 months to lose the first 30 lbs because I didn’t use the strategies that I’m going to tell you. Then, one day after trying on my fabulous professional clothes (and they still didn’t fit), I realized I needed to make some changes–because I wasn’t buying a new full wardrobe sheerly out of principle. My current clothes were great, I just needed to be able to fit into them.
Once I made some important changes, I was able to lose the last 30 lbs in 6 months. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.
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