Thinking outside the box.

I keep saying that there is a solution to every problem if only we look hard enough and realised this morning how true that is.  For those of you who are interested I'm still manage to stick to my running programme.  Those of you who know me well will no doubt be amazed at my staying power (something for which I'm not renowned).  This morning I completed the first run of the fifth week and after Thursday I'll be more than half way through which, in itself, is a minor miracle.  I am not the running type and hate physical exercise but needs must as I've gradually come to realise it's the only way I'm ever going to lose weight.  Three years ago my favourite form of relaxation was to settle down in front of the fire with a large glass of wine and a large bar of chocolate.  Then I gave up alcohol.  Then I gave up sugar.  Now I've taken up running and this one is the hardest of all.  The Couch to 5K app helps as someone (Olympic athlete Ben Johnson actually) tells me when to start, when to run, when to walk and when to stop.  He also allows me every other day off which is very good of him.  While I'm running I  listen to music which helps lessen the pain but it's still quite hard to keep going especially when some of my music is on there specifically to relax me.  So how to make things easier?   I thought and thought about this and then realised I need different music for running;  songs which make me think differently about all that exercise.  Now, instead of grown-up music, I listen to the singers and groups that got me through my teenage years when I was slim, fit and full of plans for the future.  There's no pride in the list I'm going to give you but it's amazing what a difference it's made losing myself in the Bay City Rollers, Abba, Diana Ross, The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Bee Gees, Blondie et al.  Oh and by the way I still have plans for the future they've just changed somewhat!

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Ann said…
Good for you Jane. I can’t say I enjoy it (except the feeling afterwards) but exercise has kept me sane.