This is week 1 of the Living and Active Challenge and it could not have come at a better time for me! I've just spent a few days at the beach...you know, sitting around, watching the waves roll in, lounging by the pool, eating delicious dinners and cooling off with an evening ice cream cone!!! Although I did do some walking on the beach and 'attempted' to eat healthy, I was still on vacation and treated myself with some indulgence!
Another reason this challenge is so timely, is that this will keep me on the upswing. For many years, I have diligently walked each evening, did weights to keep toned and had a comfortable fitness routine which was actually a way of life. A few months ago after hearing so many of my friends had taken up running, decided to give it a try!
I have always HATED running! But I knew it burned more calories and fat and those who were doing it were loving it! When I began, I used a routine where I ran 1 minute and walked 3 minutes - every other day. As with most new things, this got me excited and each day of running, I would challenge myself to go a little further than last time. A friend and I would get together as much as we could and run together. In a few weeks, I actually ran a mile without stopping! I was exhilarated! Running allows you to see progress in distance and endurance. Last week (the night before we left for vacation) my friend and I ran 2 miles!! So this week, I must get back into the swing of things!! This challenge and sharing here on the blog will be great tools for accountability!!