5. Remind Yourself WhyWrite down your favorite affirmation or word on your body. If you are choosing to lose weight in order to be a better example to your child, write their name down where you can see it as you run. Think up a great phrase that inspires you and write it across your knuckles.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Because I can
- Doin' it for (insert name)
- It makes me a better mom
- I deserve to be happy
- Every step gets me closer to my goal
6. ProgressionDon't expect to run like Wonder Woman from the get-go. As in every new venture, there is a learning curve. Know from the start, wherever you are is further than the day before. You will be surprised how quickly you progress over a three month period. Log your runs; record your distance, time, and how you felt about the run. Review often to measure your progress.
7. Prepare Your BodyIf your training is less than one hour there is no need to carb load or fuel for the run. To burn fat, eat plenty of slow burning carbs (vegetables) and always accompany with a good lean protein. Eat your carb meals (whole grains, fruits) only after you exercise to reload your glycogen stores.
8. Protect Your GirlsDo your breasts a favor; wear two jog bras while running. Bouncing is for Tigger, not for your breasts. You will feel less self conscious, and ease the soreness by keeping your chest intact.
9. Run on CloudsUse your mind, to be light on your feet. Think about your feet hitting the ground as if they are softly running on cushioning clouds. With purpose, run lightly, and focus on striking with your midfoot rather than your heel.
10. Rally your Girlfriend SpiritGather up your friends, or join a running group. You will progress more quickly with people that challenge you to step-it-up. Be vocal about your new goal to create a built-in support system around you. You are less likely to let yourself down when you know others are counting on you to follow through.
Genelle did not enter the race because she loved the act of running. She used it as a tool to overcome a life long battle with obesity. She has since lost 30 pounds, and has gone on to complete five triathlons, and five half marathons.
She is winning her fight, and proving you can lose weight the healthy way, while gaining incredible confidence. Running has now become her friend.
Use these tips for your next race.