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Getting my feet back under me

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By Jesse Osbourne

 

Sometimes we print stories about health-related issues and how the county ranks among the rest of the state when it comes to healthy lifestyles. 

While I agree that most of us need to make exercise and eating right more of a priority, I can’t say I’ve been leading by example. 

My diet often consists of fast food or meals prepared in a restaurant. I have the luxury of gracious in-laws and parents that still invite my family and me over for frequent meals, but my daily consumption is not usually healthy. 

That hasn’t always been the case. 

About two years ago, I finished a marathon in Louisville. A marathon is 26 miles long. It took me four-and-a-half hours to finish it. 

I trained for six months to reach that goal. I ate differently, trained three times a week and ran in single-digit temperatures. 

As a result, I lost nearly 30 pounds. 

Like I said, it’s been two years. The weight has returned. I haven’t been able to take my daughter up the steps to the nursery without breathing heavily. 

Sick of the weight gain and finding myself out of breath, I’m getting back on my feet. I’m running again, but learning a tough lesson in patience. 

Three days a week, around 5:30 a.m., my friend and I are running. 

It’s been rough. So far, the farthest distance I’ve gone is a mile-and-a-half. 

During my marathon training, a mile-and-a-half wouldn’t have been worth lacing up my sneakers. Now, it’s challenging. 

After one of my first times out, I felt good and thought I’d train for a half-marathon. As my older knees creak and my muscles stay sore for longer periods of time, I’m reconsidering that goal. 

It’s hard to get used to these work outs. It’s hard to accept my limitations. But, like I tell my running buddy, it’s a mile more than I would have done while in bed. 

As for eating right, I’m trying to do better about that, too. 

I’m cutting out soft drinks six days a week. For me, this is the hardest thing to give up. I’ve become a soft drink fiend. 

My goal now is to get back to my marathon weight. I don’t plan on running as much, so I’ll really have to watch what I eat. If you see me out eating something cheesy and artery-clogging, please intervene. I won’t mind. 

Now that I’ve told you all that I’m exercising and watching what I eat, I guess I’m on the hook. 

Hopefully, I can start leading by example when it  comes to living a healthy lifestyle.