zeal·ous[zel-uhs] Show IPA
full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent.
Thank you, dictionary.com. I don't know that the word diligent would be the first to come to anyone's mind to describe me, but I do tend to be a little ardent. When I find a new love, I want everyone! to! know! about! it! And I want them to agree with me and check it out. Some examples that come to mind that have recently inspired my passions:
- exercise DVDs
- my Bible study (BSF)
- my Roku (in addition to running, my latest must-have love)
- my cheap pre-paid cellphone plan
- podcasts -- seriously, why don't more people listen to audiobooks and podcasts? They are so interesting, a great way to inform or entertain yourself, and utilize otherwise "dead" time like
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not really zealous about running, like "Oooh, I love it so much and there's nothing I look forward to more than getting out there for my 33 minute workout." No. I don't love it. To be honest, it's a little boring to me.
But what I do like is that I'm doing it. I am actually learning to run. My heart has not once leapt out of my chest, my lungs haven't exploded, and my joints and ligaments are still basically intact.
So, as initially promised, I will offer some of my success techniques:
- Schedule your workouts -- This goes with any type of exercise plans, but each week I look at my calendar and actually schedule 3 or 4 times when I can run. I don't stick to it religiously, but it helps it happen.
- Find a plan -- There are billions of Couch to 5K type plans. One I had used that I liked because I could put it on my ipod and it walked me exactly through it is Personal Running Trainer. But what has really worked for me is the plan and great advice and encouragement of Budd Coates in Run Your Butt Off!: A Breakthrough Plan to Lose Weight and Start Running (No Experience Necessary!).
- No excuses -- just do it -- I write this ironically as I've only ran once this busy and rainy week. It probably means that I'll stick on this week's rotation for another week, but that's okay. Being a girl with lots of hair that requires some maintenance, the "no excuses" mentality has meant getting over the hassle of showering. I still shower, don't worry, but if I can't workout first thing in the morning, I don't let that stop me. I just deal with having to take a late afternoon shower. I learned that when I was working out regularly last Spring. It's sort of a pain, but it's not the end of the world. And is why you might just find in my PJs with wet hair at 5:00pm.