From Tears to Smiles (or I can do anything for 2.5 min)

I can do anything for 2.5 min! Even running with a cramp - bringing my tears to smiles :)

On Saturday afternoon I was really feeling sorry for myself. My extended family has been going through some stuff lately, and it’s been hard for me to watch. My husband’s grandparents (whom I love dearly) have been visiting for the last month, and they are leaving today. I had spent a couple hours trying to get a project done on the house, and it just wasn’t going well. The neighbor kid was over playing with my kids, and they left a tornado zone behind them. There was just a lot of stuff on my mind, and it was really bringing me down.

And so, I was laying on the sofa crying, and wishing I had a bag of chips to eat. (Is that honest enough for you? :) ) As I was laying there, I remembered how much running relieves my stress. I had been on week three of Couch to 5K, but ever since the Windy Day, I had gone backward. The Husband started running, remember, and so I was rerunning Week 1 with him. Except Saturday was raining and cold, so we both knew it was going to have to be done on the treadmill. Anyway. Back to Saturday afternoon.

Running is the best anti depressant out there. On my last round of C25K week 3 day 1 I killed the workout. And that makes me so happy!

It started with the 5 minute warm up. My warm up was interuppted twice by the kids. Then I did a 90 sec run, followed by a 90 sec walk. Easy peasy. Then I did the 90/90 again. The next round was 3 minute run and 3 minute walk. The run was over before I knew it, and the walk took way too long. I was ready to start running again after a minute. At this point I was pretty excited.

At the beginning of my last 3 minute run I decided to just see how long I could go. I made it to 7 minutes (!) before I started to get tired. But did I stop? Oh no. I realized there were just 3 minutes left until 10, and that became my goal. At 7 1/2 minutes I was getting cramps in my side. I still did not quit. I can do anything (even run with a cramp) for 2 1/2 minutes, see? By the time I made it to 9 minutes the cramp was gone and it was smooth sailing again. The ten minute mark came, and I think I could have gone much longer, had I been able to. As it was, dinner was already late and I still needed to cool down, so I did.

Let me tell you, I was excited. I had a huge smile on my face, I was no longer sad or angry or even upset. I was feeling GOOD. I was able to make a great meal for my family, and spend the evening enjoying them (messy house and all). I was able to get up and go to church on Sunday morning, instead of just sleeping in and feeling sorry for myself.

And so, my thoughts for Motivation Monday. Don’t let your mood be an excuse to not workout. If you feel lazy, get up and start moving. I am pretty sure that within 5 minutes you will no longer feel lazy. If you are depressed, do something to really push yourself, and when you get to the end of that workout… honey, you will be so pumped. All the things that were bothering you will feel small compared to how great you feel. No excuses. None. You are worth more than your excuses. Don’t sell yourself short.

If you need a friend to help you stay accountable, or you need help in any way, please leave a comment here or on Facebook. If I can’t help you, I can at least help you find someone who can.

Smile and have a great day!

~Amanda

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