Athlete

by M. Lizabeth Currain

I am well on my way to becoming one.

Once I started graduate school and quit my retail job, I decided to start taking better care of myself. Since I was no longer having to eat my feelings because I was stuck in a job that I hated, it was surprisingly easy! I had time to really focus on fitness and health. I started hitting the gym, eating better; I eventually joined Weight Watchers in January. As far as “dieting” goes, Weight Watchers is probably the best program out there to join, if you’re one of those people that needs guidance about how not to stuff your face with delicious garbage. Trust me, I love some delicious garbage. But Weight Watchers I think knows that about people and they are like, “hey, if you are going to eat garbage, just eat less of it and don’t let it happen very often”. That’s how it should be. You should be able to eat things that you like, learn to make new things, and enjoy them in moderation. I don’t think I could ever give up my New York-style Chinese food anyways. A girl has to have something to reward herself with.

Well, I’ve lost a significant amount of weight since I started taking better care of myself. I’m still not where I want to be yet, but I am certainly getting there. In the process I am finding that I am capable of doing things that I didn’t think were ever possible, like running outside. To be honest, I haven’t been doing a very good job of it lately. However, I did go for a 5K run this morning with my friend Jessica; it goes a lot faster when you have someone to talk to. We registered for a 5K race in October. So hopefully, I’ll be able to finish that with a time that isn’t super embarrassing.

I also went on a 22 mile bike ride today. My thighs are not happy with my right now.

I feel a lot better about myself than I did even 6 months ago. Maybe I’ll even run the New York Marathon eventually! HA! I’m kidding, I have no interest in that. I hear when you train for a marathon your toenails will fall of. Um, hello? What good is being fit if I am ugly and have no toenails? This would probably be me if I decided to run the NY Marathon:

 

 

Maybe I’d be better suited to a triathlon. Shorter distances in three events seems doable. Although, I’m not sure how people feel about fishing a bloated corpse out of a river.

I’m supposed to see Rise of the Planet of the Apes tonight, it’s got my boy James Franco in it. I’ll let you know how it is. I’m biased though, Franco could be reading the phone book on screen for 2 hours and I’d probably enjoy it.

Until next time!