Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The first step?

Whoever said taking the first step is the hardest part of the journey is a lying sack of . . . Umm, sorry.  They are just not right.

I've taken that first step so many times, both figuratively and literally.  I am great at starting things.   It is the finishing them that’s the problem.  I have a closet and a basement full of newly started projects.

There’s the counted cross stitch sampler I started for a wedding gift to Himself; we will soon be celebrating our sixteenth anniversary.  I bet I have at least five or six other partially started cross stitch projects as well.

And then there are the quilts.  I think there are two that are started, one that is promised, and another that needs to be repaired.  I just remembered the material we bought for our fall colored raggedy quilt.

I have a couple of books that I want to write.  I have notes jotted down, but that is about as far as those projects have gotten.

I could go on and on and on, but you get the drift.  The first step is easy, for me.  It’s what comes after that’s a challenge.

That being said, I started something new last night.  Yep.  Me.  Something new.

Feeling like a slug and needing to lose weight, I decided to take my inspiration from this lady.  I started the Couch-to-5K program.

Yikes!  It was hard.  I used to be a runner.  I ran twenty miles once, but twenty minutes of walking and running just about did me in last night.  I was a sweaty, dripping, achy mess afterwards.

But you know what?  It felt good!

If I keep up with this, I should be able to run 5k by my birthday.  What a great gift to myself that would be!

To add a little extra motivation, I found a 5k race on October 18th to do.  It’s a fund raiser for the Knights of Columbus at the parish where our friend, Fr. Ed, is a Parochial Vicar.  If you’re in the area, come on and join me!

I know this is going to be hard.  I know I am going to find excuses not to do it.  But I know I need to do it.  So, I ask that you bug me, cajole me, bother me and remind me.  Hold me accountable and make me do it.

Maybe this time I will actually finish what I start!



  1. I wish you all the best! Running is something that I've been forbidden to do, so I won't be joining you, but I'll do my best to pester you and cheer you on. I hope you have some easy visual way of tracking when you've worked out; I've used stickers or marks on the calendar, and I now log everything in our Wii Fit.

  2. I agree completing things is much harder! You can do this! I checked out the website and I think I want to do this plan too! I started today, let's pray for perseverance for one another :)

  3. Yay!!!! I am determined that these cooler fall temperatures will be the return of my running mojo - I'm so upset at myself for not maintaining better than I have.

    I loved C25k and I will definitely be cheering you on!!!! We can find a 5k to run together if you want :).

  4. I used to run in my younger years but now my knees are bad...so I have to do other things...good luck to you as you travel on to reach this new goal!

  5. I think this is great! I started doing something similar in June and now that the weather is cooler, it is much more enjoyable. I mostly walk/run/walk, depending on how I feel. It would be more fun with a friend but at least the dog is running with me again and so she and I get to have some "quality time". LOL. Here's to perseverance for all of us!

  6. Fantastic! You're awesome! It really helps to have that goal in mind, to help get through it.