Thursday, September 27, 2012

C25K. // Erin M.

Hey there! My name is Erin. I’m 31, a mother to 2 little boys and a stay at home mom. Growing up I was always super skinny. I was the ‘flyer’ in cheerleading because I was so little. Then I graduated from high school, lived alone in an apartment and ate whatever junk I felt like eating. After a year of cosmetology school I graduated, moved back home and started working at a salon. I was alone in there a lot, trying to build up a clientele. Since I was bored I ate. For the most part none of this caught up to me. I had a pretty decent metabolism. I never exercised. My husband and I got married when we were 21. I cooked whatever we felt like eating, never worrying about the fat or calorie content. We were both used to our mom’s making unhealthy food so that’s all we knew. And we were picky eaters. As the years went on our weight crept up. After 10 years of marriage I have gone from a size 4 to a size 10/12. My husband is amazing, tells me he finds me attractive and that he still sees the ‘girl’ he married 10 years ago. But I see different. I see a fat, jiggly, ugly person. I don’t want that for him OR for our kids. My oldest, now 6, used to say people were ‘straight’ (skinny) or ‘round’. I have dreaded the day he tells me I’m round. Luckily he’s old enough now to not use that lingo anymore but the fear is still there.

I am finally mad enough about the way I look to do something about it. I did Jillian’s 30DS back in March, saw results and was so happy about it, but life got in the way (summer, vacations, etc). I am back on the band wagon now and I will not jump off again! Here is part of my journey......

I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whew, thanks for letting me scream for a second.  I just needed to get that out there, I DID WEEK 1, DAY 1 C25K WORKOUT START TO FINISH!!!!  Ahh, that feels so good! So did the sweat that came pouring out of me!  When I got started it was chilly.  Brisk.  Coldish.  And I’m a weenie when it comes to being cold, I don’t like it.  But I started out in my short sleeved shirt knowing that in no time I would be warmed up, hot and sweating.

Let me back up a bit.  A week or so ago I downloaded the C25K app on my Android (it’s free, do it too!).  I sat in my living room and listened to it to get a feel for what I was in for.  Ok, I decided, I could do this.  But one problem, no music.  And I need music.  So I got on Mama Laughlin’s Fit Camp on Facebook and posted a comment asking how I can listen to music and run C25K at the same time.  Those gals came out in force and helped me out!  So next I downloaded Pandora, figured out how to run that (sort of) and started listening to their station called “Workout”.  Ok, nothing holding me back now!

Fast forward back to me going out for my first run/walk.  I step outside in the brisk (and windy) weather and start off.  They start you off slow with a 5 minute ‘warm up’.  It’s supposed to be a brisk walk, so I briskly walked in the brisk weather.  (A lot of brisking going on here, sheesh!)  By the end of my 5 minutes my shins were burning.  Oh boy, I thought, this isn’t going to be good if I’m already sore from the warm up.  Ba-doonk, the bell dings and tells me to start jogging.  Okay, here goes nothing!  So I start jogging (thank goodness for a heavy duty sports bra doubled up with a regular bar, or I’d be black and blue in the face when done).  60 seconds later, ba-doonk.  Time to start walking for 90 seconds.  Back and forth, back and forth I go.  During the second set of jogging I started to get a little winded, but then that next set of walking came just in time for me to slow down a bit and catch my breath.

About 16/17 minutes in my side started to cramp.  Oh boy, what am I going to do?? I don’t want to give up, I’ve made it half-way through this workout.  Ok, Erin, suck it up and keep going!  So I did!  I did!!!  I don’t know where the strength came from.  Maybe it was from me remembering a post I saw on a friend’s Facebook page.  It was one of those ‘e-cards’.  It said something along the line of “If you see me running you’d better run too. Something is obviously chasing me.”  And when I remembered that I thought, “yea, my ass is chasing me!”  Literally, my fat ass is chasing me and if I don’t keep going it’s just going to keep getting bigger and it will keep chasing me.  So I sucked it up and kept going.

I ran every set, and even ran a little into the walking set during the last 10 minutes.  It felt good!  The sweat felt good!  Yea, my calves were super tight by the end, but when I got home I stretched, then kept moving so they wouldn’t get too tight.  Oh, and when I was running towards the end I could feel the muscles in my butt tightening up. Yes!!!  What a great feeling!  Ha ha, weird I am! 

When I got home I took my first post-workout picture.  Here it is.

I was so proud of myself for doing this and finishing it.  And I couldn’t wait till Week 1 Day 2!  I have hated running my whole life.  I was a cheerleader, not a basketball player or a track star.  So why am I starting now?  I don’t know.  There are a million other ways to exercise, right? But for some reason I just want to run!  I want to be able to throw on my shoes and head out the door (alone) for 30 minutes of just me time.  I want to feel good.  And, I want to LOOK good!  I read so many people’s stories saying they weren’t runners but they did it and they lost weight, felt better, and looked better.  I want that for me!  So, I am going to run.
 - Erin
 For more of Erin's words, check out her personal blog: Homemade Happenings


  1. Yay! I'm on the first day of the third week and an so surprised to have made it that far. My motivation is The Color Run (a 5k), I do not want to finish last.

    Keep up the great work, you will feel a difference as you progress. Good luck!

  2. Way to go!! That first workout is always the hardest. You had me laughing out loud when you said your ass was literally chasing you. I need to remember that next time I get tired!!

  3. Awesome girl and I was never a "runner" and now I can honestly say I love every second of lacing my shoes up and getting out there. You go girl:)

  4. That is so good! I've never been a runner either and this does encourage me to do the C25K program.

  5. I'm on Week 3 Day 1. Keep going! Even when the voice inside your head tries to tell you to stop! The voice in my head is especially loud and convincing by the next to last leg of running. Just make up your mind to ignore it!

  6. Is it a station on Pandora that the group made or just a workout station? How do I find it?

    1. It's just a station I found called 'workout'. I've also heard of people using 'cardio', I just haven't taken the time to look that one up yet. When you are in Pandora you can type in a station, I just typed 'workout' and it popped up. So super easy to find.

  7. Also - I did C25K and was sucking some serious wind when I started but now I can run farther than I ever imagined! Yesterday I needed to get in a quick run before church and busted out 3 miles in 30 minutes! I was pumped!!!! Running can make me feel so good about myself, I love it!

  8. You sound like me! I'm not a runner. I keep hearing about 30DS and C25K. So I decided to do them together. I just bought 30DS today. I also just ordered my first smart phone. Now that I know I can get the C25K app I'll do that! I know nothing about smartphones or apps. Can I start C25K before I get my phone then start the app half way through. Is that even the right question to ask? Am I making sense? haha!


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