Leah Moves

When you don't know what to do, just move.

Why I want to run January 30, 2012

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I want to run. I’ve wanted to run for years. I’d start, and then stop. I’d make progress, then I’d give up. I think park of me was afraid to succeed at something. Deep down, I’d always felt a little bit of a failure, so I just assumed that I would fail at running as well. So I’d sabotage myself.

I’ve joined a running group and I’m really excited about it. But it’s also got me thinking about why I want to run.

For years, I’ve held myself back. From lots of things. I’ve tried to blend in, to go unnoticed. I’ve never been very confident in who I am because of how I look. Or, more accurately, of how I see myself. Logically, I know that I am not hideous, but sometimes, I can’t help but to feel that way.

But I’m getting off track. This is about why I want to run. And I want to run because I can. Because I know, deep down, that it will free me. It me make me stronger, happier, healthier, and better. I will be confident in who I am. I want to feel the accomplishment of doing something that is a challenge. I want to challenge myself to be better.

I know that running is not a panacea. It will not fix everything. But it will be the push to change, to live the life I’ve wanted to live.


An Epiphany January 14, 2012

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Today was a big day for me.

I am doing C25K, and I just finished W2D3 today. I’ve started C25K at least two other times, got nearly halfway through, and quit. There wasn’t really any good reason why I quit. I can make excuses, but that’s all they are- excuses.  I didn’t have faith in myself; faith that I could do it, that I could accomplish something. Faith that I could really take control and change my life.

It’s been almost a year since I decided to join a gym and set things in motion. It’s been slow-going, as I’ve only lost about 20 pounds in that time, but I’m seeing real progress and change. I’ve discovered workouts that I truly enjoy. I’ve found reasons to keep going when it would have been easier to quit. I’ve tried things that I never would have tried a couple of years ago. It’s still hard to really put myself out there, but I’m making progress.

The reason why this day was such a big day for me was because today is the day it clicked. Whatever it is inside of me that wondered if I could really do it. I realized today that I could- that I AM doing it. I went to boot camp this morning, and normally, that would have been enough for the day. But I knew I needed to run. I needed to finish W2D3 so I could start W3 tomorrow. I felt good. We had done a lot of squats, but my legs weren’t sore yet, so I went home to eat some yogurt and rest for a few minutes and then went to the gym.

The treadmills we pretty full, but I grabbed an empty one and got started. Sometimes it’s hard to do C25K when there are a lot of people at the gym because I feel self-conscious. But I know that no one else cares what I am doing, and just maybe I am inspiring someone.

Since I was still in week 2, I run  for a minute and a half, and then walk for two minutes. So not a lot of running, but more than I was used to. But here’s the thing. I felt good. I felt like a runner. I knew that I could do this. I am ready to do this, ready to make the necessary changes, and ready to change my life.

I know that this will be the time I finish C25K.



Do Life Challenge: Week One January 8, 2012

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Do Life Week One Challenge

  1. Write down five quantifiable goals for this month.
  2. Assess your current stats in each area. Find out where you are right now.
  3. Do as many regular or modified pushups as you can.
  4. Add 30 minutes of exercise to your average week. Up the intensity of your extra 30 minutes.
  5. Identify your biggest excuse. Write it down and then write down a way to eliminate that excuse.
  6. Each night, write down four things you did well that day.

1. & 2.

Work out at least 5 days each week either cardio and/or strength

On average, I’m working out at least 3 days per week- usually classes at the gym. With C25K, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Complete every day of C25K

I’m currently on track.

Track every day using my fitbook

So far, so good.

Strength train at least 3 days per week

I typically strength train 2-3 days per week- as long as I’m going to the classes.

Stretch after EVERY workout

I usually only stretch if it’s included in the workout. And it’s only done after spin class. Need to step it up


I could only do 12 modified pushups. This is pretty disappointing.


I added about an hour to my workouts this week by doing C25K.


My biggest excuse is that I justify taking a day off or eating something I shouldn’t by saying that I deserve a break or I deserve a treat. I’ve been working so hard that I deserve a reward.

I can eliminate this excuse by reminding myself that I still have a long way to go, and I can’t sabotage myself anymore. I can come up with other rewards for reaching my goals.


4 Things I did well each day:


I met with the resolution runners!

I got a tall latte instead of a grande, with nonfat milk.

I went grocery shopping and bought healthy food.

I got 8+ hours of sleep.


I made a healthy and delicious dinner.

I went to body conditioning class at the gym. I cleaned the living room.

I was at home all day but did not mindlessly snack.

I drink some hot tea instead of hot chocolate.


I went to spin class.

I brought a healthy and delicious lunch instead of eating out.

I brought (and ate!) a yogurt for breakfast

I ate 3 servings of fruit today.


I went to the gym instead of laying on the couch.

I finished w1d2 of C25K.

I went to bed on time.

I made my own coffee to take to work instead of stopping at Starbucks.


I went to weight lifting class.

I supported my friend by going to her grandmother’s visitation.

I made a better choice at the Mexican restaurant.

I ate oatmeal for breakfast instead of a bacon biscuit.


I didn’t stay up too late.

I drank plenty of water.

Only one diet coke.

I resisted going shopping!


I made a delicious, healthy breakfast.

I finished W1D3 of C25K.

I rented movies and had a nice night in instead of going out.

I made a better choice by getting a grilled chicken sandwich for dinner.