Confronting my inner couch potato

This is a big step for me. As you can see from the name of my blog I have a fairly influential inner couch potato. There’s a lot that gets thought about and talked about and complained about, but not much gets done. See, I’m 43, and I come from a long line of couch potatoes (sorry mom and dad). They’re lovable and generous and wonderful fleshy lumps of goodness. And I am grateful every day to have such a wonderful family in my life.  But I can feel myself becoming more lumpy and fleshy with every passing year. I’m ready to make a change. Get the couch-shaped imprint off my ass.

I started “running” a few years ago. More of a slow jog/walk, but I was out there on a semi-regular basis. ImageAnd I felt great. I enjoyed it. It was fun. I ran some 5Ks. I loved the running plans, and the feeling of accomplishment when I pushed myself to do things I didn’t think were possible. It lit a fire in me. And then…the fire would go out. I’d lose my mojo, my motivation. Get lazy, tired, busy, insert excuse here… And then I’d get sick of feeling that way so I’d start up again. This cycle has continued for 3 years. And every time it happens I say “this is the time that I’ll stick with it”. And it doesn’t happen. It hasn’t happened yet.

Right now I’m in one of those down-cycles, eating and drinking and couch-surfing. With January right around the corner I’m thinking it’s time for a change. I want 2014 to be the year I kick ass. Of course I say this every year, so why should this year be any different? Well, I’m not getting any younger, and I know it’s just a matter of time before my body starts to break down. So if I want to be healthy then I have to move. I have to get off the couch and never look back.

My challenge is great. And so is my aspiration. I have to find a way to stay motivated all year. Signing up for 1 or 2 races won’t cut it. I’ve got my eye on something much bigger than that: a local running club offers a race series of approximately 14 races of about 81 miles from April to November. It starts with an 8 miler, sprinkles in a bunch of 5Ks, 10Ks, and 8 Ks through the summer, and culminates with a killer half-marathon in the fall. I’ve wanted to do this ever since I learned about it, and have chickened out every year. One year I actually got the nerve to sign up and only finished 2 races. Race series fail. Insert sad face here.

So this year I’ve decided it’s time to confront my inner couch potato. And the best way to do that is to be accountable. Being accountable to myself by keeping a journal and making resolutions hasn’t worked. Telling my family and friends hasn’t worked. I need to do the thing that scares me, which is to start a blog and tell everyone (or no one, depending on who reads this) my plan. So here I am: imperfect and flawed and scared and excited. I look forward to this journey and I hope you will support me along the way.

5 thoughts on “Confronting my inner couch potato

  1. I need to share your thoughts with some of my challengers who start their “diet” Healthy eating every Monday but end up going for the chips and couch by thursday. Thats why I like calling it super hero thursday because you have 2 days to redeem yourself and get it moving before the weekend.

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