It is no secret that I am unfit. This is not acceptable. I used to be an athlete. I've run two half marathons and countless 5ks and 10ks. Somewhere along the line in the chaos of the last 2 years, I have given myself permission to become my worst nightmare, unfit and middle aged. Frumpy. While I cannot control my age, I can control my fitness level.
When I was waiting in the Botanical Gardens in Christchurch, after the earthquake, I was facing a night sleeping on the ground with no pillow, blanket or red wine. It seemed impossible. Luckily, I was able to get our before nightfall so sleeping on the ground was not necessary but I was surprised by what my reaction was. I was thinking about how my back was going to hurt, how my feet were hurting, stomach (acid), _____fill in the blank. I am a mess and it is my own fault.
My husband and I decided to make this life change and knew it would be challenging but I was very naive about it. Not only do you have to be mentally prepared to live in a foreign country, you should also be physically prepared. Along with new languages, you are exposed to new allergens, bugs, germs and terrain (HILLS EVERYWHERE !) Luckily, I have a good immune system so have been spared most of the ailments afflicting many of the Americans at post but the hills in Wellington are kicking my butt. I love walking and hiking but am not fit enough to keep up with even the old and infirm. This has to change.
My husband and I have vowed (again) to get in shape starting yesterday. So, you may want to avoid this blog for a bit, it is going to get boring. The next 3 months of posts will be for me, as an online account of my progress or lack of. I am not going to post my weight or how much I intend to lose but will post if I lose or gain any. And, if I reach my goal weight, I will confess my starting weight.
Day one: (yesterday)- Quit sneaking cigarettes. We're not fooling anyone anyway. Limit myself to a glass of wine with dinner only when dining out. No chocolate or potato chips (I ate Doritos)
Day two: (today) No Doritos. Go for long walk.
See you tomorrow.