The Easter Bunny brought me a very special gift this year, Modern Philosophers.
Not only is today both Easter and April Fool’s Day, but it is also my Run-iversary. One year ago today, I got my lazy ass up off the couch and went for a three mile run.
It was a very difficult run.
I did not enjoy it.
I had to stop many times along the way to catch my breath, but somehow I managed to survive.
The important thing to remember is that I finally got up and set a goal to be active. That first run was torture, and I wanted to quit so many times along the way.
But I did not.
Instead, I got up early the next day and went for another run.
And that, Modern Philosophers, is how a running program begins.
Here’s a selfie I took after that first run. Don’t I look so happy?
One year later, I’ve lost over 60lbs, I’m running five days a week, and I’m averaging over 25,000 steps a day.
I’ve still got another 15lbs to go before I hit my goal weight, but even then, I don’t plan to stop. Because now I know that I can stick with it, be healthy, and do amazing things.
I am stunned that I kept running through the Winter. I’ve never been able to do that before, as Maine Winters are quite intimidating.
I usually pack on the weight, and when Spring finally arrives, I am so fat, so out of shape, and so not in the mood to do anything about it.
This Spring is different. I ran seven miles yesterday and another four and a half today. My weight has held steady, and I’m ready to kick it into a higher gear to hit my goal weight.
I feel healthy, I feel confident, and I feel like I’m ready to move forward in a positive way.
In other words, I think I’m ready to find that someone special.
All because one year ago, I got my lazy ass up off the couch and went for a run.
It really is that simple.
I highly recommend you give it a try because if I can do it, anyone can. You don’t have to start fast. You don’t have to break any records. Just get out there.
This photo was taken during this morning’s run. That’s quite a contrast from last year’s pic, don’t you agree?
Super impressed by your numbers man, keep it up. Always boosts my mood to see someone winning!
Congratulations on the weight loss and the perseverance. I hate running, but I do love to swim. I must get back into it. Your post has inspired me!!!!
Go for a swim!
Okay, I’m motivated to get to the gym tomorrow when I get off work! Thank you!
You are welcome. 🙂
It’s fantastic to see you so happy about life, Austin. Way to go!
Congratulations on your weight loss and healthier lifestyle in general! Losing 60 pounds is impressive. I lost 20 pounds a couple of years ago after I started to lift weights, walk at least 12,000 steps a day, and replace the sweets I’d been eating with extra vegetables and fruit instead.
It definitely isn’t easy to make all of those lifestyle changes, but it is so worth it if you take it one day at a time and stay focused on how you want to feel six months or a year from now.
I hope you’ll write more posts about running soon. They’re some of my favorite posts from you. 🙂
Thanks, Lydia. I will try to write about running more often. 🙂
Glad to hear it.
Anything for my fans. 😉
congrats and happy anniversary to you, austin. keep running…..
Congrats on 1 year healthier. Congrats on 60 pounds lost. You must feel incredible compared to this time last year. Keep it up! (I managed to do 4 miles this morning!)
Awesome job! And thanks. 🙂