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Chunky Girl Running Series Update!

Ok, y’all it’s been a crazy summer and a long time between posts.  I am

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thinking about writing an ebook  on “running while chunky.”  It will contain some of the basic of running a 5K but from a chunky girl perspective.  Would you be interested in reading something like that?  Comment below.

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Roasted chicken with asparagus Birthday Salad

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Wanted to stay smart for lunch because I will be eating cake. I have denied myself cake for awhile now and this is my guilt free day of cake.

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Chunky Girl’s Guide to Running: The tortoise over the hare!

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I know this is a no brainer but yes, starting off slow is the best approach to gaining a love for running. No..it’s not overnight. I started running because I wanted to see quick results without thinking too much. All I needed were some running shoes and a program to follow and I would run. I needed the flexibility to run whenever and wherever I wanted. I couldn’t be tied to a gym or someone’s class schedule. My life was just too busy to be that structured. I also didn’t join a running group right away either. So slow and steady was my goal and approach. My thought was I would give it a go for the committed time and that’s all. I didn’t want to get ahead of myself because I didn’t need another good intended failure. I just wanted to lose weight and topping the scales at the start at 228 pounds was enough. Time to get moving.

Tip: Goal Planning!!  Get calendar for your bathroom.

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I created a goal for each 10 lbs. I knew to lose weight it wasn’t going to be “Biggest Loser” style but just planned it out and work the plan. I gave myself 9 weeks to see results. I committed to the program. Commitment meant I had to do 3 days a week for 9 weeks. No excuses. My plan was mornings at 5am at least two days during the week and then on Saturday at a more reasonable 7am. If I was up late for a sick kid..I had to do it. When on vacation I had to do it. When I had a conflict(on Saturday) it won out. I focused on doing it and not on how well I did it. I followed the program and believed. If others could, then so can I. I just couldn’t get ahead of myself and start running like an Olympian. I’m a chunky girl in her 40s and as much as I would like to be a speed demon that wasn’t my plan. My plan was slow and steady is what wins the races. Accept the aches, ice the knees, take an aspirin and do it again.

Tip: Commit to yourself and don’t neglect it.

In future posts I will post some examples of my online journal I kept during the 5K training.

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Chunky Girl’s Guide to Running: Why Start? And keep remembering it!

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Hi there, back for another note about running while chunky.  J   A few people asked me why am I labeling myself chunky and how that’s negative and my reply is I’m taking back the negative aspect of the word.   It’s better than obese, fat and overweight.  I also see the word as more transformative.  You can go from chunky to less than chunky.   All the other words have opposites like skinny or skinny or skinny.  I will never be a stick as God has blessed with thickness but I can strive to be less chunky.  But for now..I’m chunky and doing it!!!

Getting started:  I’m coming up on my 2 year “runniversary”     Yes, I started my Couch to 5K(C25K) program two years ago after coming back from vacation feeling like damnit.   You may be feeling like damnit for awhile but I had the perfect storm of vacation and lovely photos that happened to make the local paper because of my father. (that’s another story)  Here’s the perfect storm recipe:

1)      Eat everything on vacation

2)      Buy cute vacation clothes and believe they make you look thinner because there’s a size bigger.  Trust me,  what’s the different between a 22 and a 20.  Not much.

3)      Have photos taken in said clothes and still feeling good

4)      Get home from vacation and the scale registering 5 extra pounds gain over 5 days, feeling like crap because that’s basically all you eat.

5)      See yourself in photos of oneself, hence the word “damnit” escaping your lips and knowing there’s a newspaper that has pics of you..forever.

6)      Just do something and quick.

I’m too busy for joining a gym besides its June and the weather is nice.    Its summer, kids are out of school and plans are being made.  I decided to put me at the top of the planning calendar.  What was I gonna do for me this summer to not feel like damnit.

 

 

I started my research and found what was the most efficient way to drop weight and feel healthy.  I just wanted to feel better, stronger.  I just felt like an accident victim just out of the hospital..weak and not sure when standing on both legs.  Maybe you don’t think you’re a runner yet but that’s fine.  The goal is to just move and keep moving a little more as the days go by.

Google C25K, beginning running, run for weight loss and see what comes up.

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Chunky Girl’s Guide to Running Series: “Running? You’re doing it WHAT?!

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This is an online series on my adventure in ½ marathon training.  I am trying to help folks who are considering doing a ½ marathon because chunky girls can do it too!!!   I was amazed by the support and reaction to it so I thought I share some thoughts and hopefully serve as an inspiration.    I have a good 50lbs to lose and yet I did it,  13.1 miles in the bank.

When I told folks I was training for a ½ marathon I got the following reactions:

  • Incredulous: quick subtle scan of me head to toe and playing it off, smiling and saying, “Wow, really.”
  • The obvious: “Girl, are you serious?”  or “Girl, you are crazy.”
  • Questionable: “You’re a runner?”
  • The positive:  “That’s great! You’re so inspirational.”
  • Wonderment: “I don’t know how you do it.”

Yes, there’s always some education that need to happen so I fire off some quick responses:

  • Informative: “Yes, there’s about 10 of my running friend and I training for a race on <insert date and time>
  • Research:  “Most runners are not you typical lean Olympian.   They are like you and me.”
  • Age defying: “Average runner’s age is in the 40s.”
  • Defensive: “It’s a great way to get rid of a lot weight.”  (Not really but more on that later.)
  • Inviting: “Yeah.  You wanna do it.”
  • Credibility response: “Yeah, well I’ve done a number of 5Ks and 10Ks so it’s my next challenge for myself.”
  • Inspirational:  “I’ve seen other women do it, so why not me.”

Use these responses when you set that goal for yourself.

ChunkyGirl Mel

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