Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Run, Baby, Run

So Moxie has launched a sixty-day challenge to do three things that improve our health. The obvious number one for me is to start running again.

I used to love running, a borderline addict, really. When I had to give it up when I was three months pregnant, I was grumpy and upset about it. But then my husband started dragging me out on hikes on the weekends, and as I discovered the hidden corners of the Parisian region's wilderness I discovered that going less than 10 km/hour has its advantages.

After I gave birth, I couldn't wait to lace back up my running shoes, but doctor's advice and pelvic floor education sessions set me back a few months. When I did tentatively run a couple of times in the fall, I was overjoyed to be back, but then it felt... well... bad, mostly. Even though I now have my doctor's blessing, I've been in no hurry to try again. After all, breastfeeding has given me the means to burn 800 calories a day while sitting on the couch. I've lost the baby weight, and my motivation.

But Paris' early spring is already warming the ground, flowers are blooming, the air is fresh and cool, and I'm looking for a way to maintain my morale and waistline as le Petit starts eating more solids, I go back to work, and we cut down on breastfeeding sessions.

My husband would like to lose some weight, so we're doing this together. We'll start slowly, just a couple of outings a week, and we'll keep our hike on the weekends.

My other two goals are to eat fresh fruit at breakfast and lunch and (for me, the most challenging) to get to bed by 11 every night.

Wish me luck!


Julie said...

Good luck! You can do it!

I just starting jogging using the Couch to 5K Program, and I see now how it can become an addictive hobby.

Parisienne Mais Presque said...

Man, you're way ahead of me, and you had your baby months after I did... and you're already back at work! So you're inspiring me.

And yes, to those who are paying attention, my new year's resolution was to get to bed by 10, but although I'm doing okay on the other goals there, that one has completely slipped.

And now le Petit has taken to waking up in the first part of the night, usually JUST after I finally drift off to sleep. Ugh.