Someone told me to take it one day at a time, so that is what I’ve been doing. My alarm goes off. I get out of bed. I workout. I carry on with my day. (Don’t tell high school Kathleen that she will go to bed at 9:30 at the height of her partying years.) I log my workouts in my tracker spreadsheet when I get to work. I’ve had it set to a large font, so not all months fit on the page at once. But today, I zoomed out so I could see the whole year, and for the first time, I thought “Good. I have plenty of time to hit my goals.”
As I mentioned in my first post, I was actually a runner just a few years ago. Despite having done multiple half-marathons and even more 10Ks, I’m not a gifted runner… but I loved it all the same! Still, it is one of the goals that I have been dreading attacking because I haven’t run regularly since five years and multiple pounds ago. Where once I could gently jog a 5K without thinking twice, now my body revolts against a nice long walk along the BeltLine. PSA: Don’t become obese, folks. It’s not worth it!
I’m at a weird point where I am noticing differences in my body, energy levels, and general happiness, but those around me don’t see it yet. While it is humbling that people see it as “normal Kathleen,” it just reaffirms that I am making these changes for myself. If someone notices, it is a fringe benefit… but deep down, I still want them to say, “Oh wow!” just like I did when I put on an old dress that fits again.
Kathleen Lorey is on a year-long mission to improve her health. Part 5 of her story features friendly competition, new goals, and lots of sunshine: “With the good weather, we have started working outside, and let me tell you… it is phenomenal! Since being outdoors, I have felt awesome and have been able to really push myself. There is something about not being confined within walls that makes everything seem possible. Last week I achieved 10 burpees in a row. IN A ROW, PEOPLE! That was my March goal so it feels good to hit it early. It also inspired me to start working on my April goal: running a 15-minute mile.”
Kathleen Lorey is on a year-long mission to dramatically improve her health. If you missed the first three installments of her column, catch up with her explanation of why she’s doing this, her mental tricks for staying motivated (gold stars!), and her fight with Chick-fil-A cravings. Two months into her journey, Kathleen is laser focused on goals. Here’s her update: “Has anyone else tried to jump into exercise like they were going to save the world in 24 hours? I have. Multiple times, including this one… but I knew that if I wanted to be successful, I had to slow down. Learning to set realistic expectations has been a great part of this process. So when I sat down to set goals in January, instead of just saying, “I want to move like Beyonce” (which is absolutely true), I thought about what it was going to take to get there.
Last month, you met Kathleen, who is embarking on a one-year mission to overhaul her health. When last we checked in with her, she was 12 workouts in and earning gold stars left and right. Today, she updates us on her progress and challenges in healthy eating: “When starting an I’m-going-to-change-my-life kind of journey, you get all kinds of advice from people. And let me tell you… it’s not all good (e.g., “I only ate cabbage for a month and lost weight!”). There are two common themes that are helping to frame my mindset…
Last week, we introduced you to Kathleen, who is embarking on a one-year mission to turn her health around through regular exercise and healthy eating. The beginning of a journey like this one is often the toughest part, so we were stoked when her latest progress report showed that she is absolutely crushing it on the fitness front. Here’s what she’s been up to so far: “Y’all!!!!! I’ve done 12 workouts and I’m still alive! That’s proof that all it takes is the first step to get going. I’ve done a few things to keep myself motivated and ensure I keep up with it and complete the workouts with the zest and gusto I started with. You get a gold star! >>
New WellATL columnist Kathleen Lorey will spend the next 12 months making serious changes to her health and life — and sharing the experience with you. In truth, her journey is probably going to last way more than one year because once you start down that path to better health, it’s hard to stop… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For now, let’s meet Kathleen and find out what spurred her to make this life-changing commitment to better eating and regular exercise. And remember, it’s a brave and vulnerable thing to write publicly about such a big lifestyle change. As with other stories that have been shared here, if Kathleen’s column inspires you, motivates you, helps you see that you aren’t alone in whatever struggles you face, or just makes you want to cheer her on, it has done its job and we hope you’ll let her know or share your own experiences in the comments.