Today's post is going to sound like I'm a jerk or worse. But, I'm writing this out because I need to put my thoughts to "paper" and I know it won't sound nice. Bear with me...
Last night, my husband and I went to a local baseball game. There are two groups of people who go - families with kids (who really get into the game, the kids not so much the parents) and grandparent aged people (some with their grandkids, most just by themselves or friends). Oddly enough, we don't fit into either category!
This second group of people is who I focused. So many of the older people at the game were overweight and I don't mean by 10 pounds. They were probably 50-60 pounds overweight. One older woman had to use a cane. I know that her use of a cane may not have been strictly due to her weight, she may have had other conditions that necessitated it, but...
What I realized as I saw these older people is that I don't want to be that way when I'm their age. I don't want to need a cane to walk. I don't want to be 50-60 pounds overweight. I don't want to not fit in my seat at a sporting event/concert/airplane.
I know this sounds like I'm a jerk. I shouldn't look at these older people who are able to get around and get out on their own as something I don't want to be, but I don't. I don't want to be that big when I'm in my 60s, 70s, 80s, and hopefully 90s. I want to be at a healthy weight so I can avoid some of the health problems that tend to come up as you get older.
These people are a reminder to myself that I need to get my ass in gear. I need to clean up my diet (those two ice cream helmets of Goldfish crackers last night aren't helpful) and I need to get back to the gym. I also see I need a trainer. I need to stop my "I don't know what I'm doing in searching for a running coach" and just do it. I have a couple people in mind I want to contact, I just haven't done it.
I ask you, my friends (because that's who you are) help me. I'll will need all the encouragement I can get and if you have any advice, I could sure use it! And if you know a good running coach, please let me know!