First!

I’m coming FIRST out of my Fitbit friends!

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I’d like to take a moment to write a ridiculously silly thank-you speech.

Firstly, I could never have done this without the lure of the dog park. Without all the cute doggies in the park, I would never have had the motivation to go walking so regularly.

Relatedly, I’d also like to thank in particular the dogs who’ve taken a particular interest in me: The tiny schnauzer. The chunky black labrador. The grey mottled Great Dane. The black mutt by the dog pond. The uncontrollable shitting Jack Russell. The overexcited poodle pup. The joyful mud-covered blue Staffy pup. The red and white short-haired collie with the hiker. And most of all, the black and white border collie who came to me twice to give me a reassuring nose and lick on the hand when I was feeling really down. I remember each of you.

My osteo, whom without I’d probably still be in pain. The nurses and doctors who looked after my gross knee after my big fall in February.

My Fitbit friends for the competitive challenges.

And lastly, Tony, my husband, for encouraging me and helping me out with the cardio side of exercise, which I’ve never really liked until now.

Thanks.

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Ran uphill for 90 sec

This would not have happened two weeks ago.

Stoked!

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I’m really liking this area for exercising. Starting from home, it’s just over 5km. Last night Tony and I walked the whole way around, and this morning did our C25K run/walk around half of the track.

I’ve also been enjoying taking photos when I’m out and about.

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This is one from the walk home this morning. Most of the street art I admired has been painted over, and this is one of the few I’ve come across recently.

Today I didn’t completely hate running

And that is progress. It’s my fourth “active” day, so my fourth time I’ve let myself loose in the streets. And it’s Boxing Day. I’m stoked.

Getting outside also means I actually notice some of the cool things out there – like bees and mountains.

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I received a Fitbit Flex from Mum and Dad, so I’ve started tracking steps. I’m considering linking it up to this blog too. It’s pretty nifty.

I’m pretty curious to see how this goes – running, exercising, and sticking to it.

Time for something completely different

Let’s face it. 2014 hasn’t been a high point for me. This mainly stems from my post-appendix aftermath, which frustratingly was mainly out of my control.

I won’t speak cryptically, so I won’t go any further into the could haves, would haves and should haves. I had fitness progress and I’m here to write!

I’ve been getting increasingly unfit and overweight this year. It means I’m unhappy, because all my hard work from 2012 and 2013 has been reversed, and because exercising made me a happier person overall. And I no longer belong to a gym. Hard truth time: I have to start running.

Running has never been my thing; any form of exercise that means any part of me wobbles or jiggles have been right out, powercleans aside of course. It’s early days yet, but I have a running partner, and a plan. I’m pretty determined to see it through. I finished New Rules of Lifting For Women. I know I can do this.