I’m on vacation in MEXICO!!! But I typed up a post before I left….

Do you read my blog and think, oh that’s so cool that Carli completed a half-marathon, but I could never do anything like that.  You should try to change your thinking.  Like I always say in my podcast, if I did it anybody can.  I was so lazy that walking and running were on my list of things to avoid unless totally necessary.  When I was fat and miserable, I complained about the distance from the parking garage to the weight management clinic.  Getting out of the car was a chore and going to the gym with all of the skinny people was almost an embarrassment.  I joined the hospital’s On the Move program.  It was a fitness class specifically designed for overweight individuals through the Physical Therapy department.  Each class participant had a physical therapy student by their side during class to help teach us about our body and ensure that we were doing the moves right.   For the first time in a long time I wasn’t the heaviest person in an exercise class.  I felt comfortable being around people who understood the “overweight/exercise” dilemma. That’s how I got started.  Then once I became more mobile I started the Couch to 5 K, then 2 years later I completed the Half Marathon.   My point is that you should try to find something that works for you and take baby steps.  Walk around your neighborhood for 10 minutes 3 days a week.  If you are more advanced try my Couch to 5K running program.  Week 1 starts with short 60 second runs.  We all start somewhere.  Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” You can do it!  Get Moving.

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