Couch to 5K: Week -1
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
My husband and I are starting the Couch to 5K program. Our first day was yesterday. I promised him that we would stick together and support eachother no matter what. So yesterday I get home from work and get my workout clothes on and he's already dressed and ready to go. We stretch a little bit and start our walking. Here's some info about our situations:
Husband: 5'6" 180 lbs.
He was honorably discharged from the Army a year and a half ago and quickly put on weight. He was 140 lbs. when he was discharged so he's gained 40 lbs. in 1.5 years. He wants to get in shape now because he's taking EMT/Firefighting classes and his libido is way down.
Me: 5'3" 190 lbs.
I was anorexic in high school (weighed about 95 lbs.) I started gaining weight when I went to college and in the last 5 years I've gained about 90 lbs. I'm ready to get my body back without taking extreme measures to get there. My goal weight is 148 lbs. I just want to be healthy.
Ok, so we start off walking yesterday around our neighborhood. He's telling me about his day. We get about half a mile into our walk and he's stopping to take several breaks. I'm trying to be supportive so he doesn't just quit. Then he heads back home. I had to go with him. He just couldn't do anymore. I was just getting warmed up. I feel bad because I didn't know he was in such bad shape. Just a year and a half ago he was running 2-3 miles at a time with no problem! I didn't say anything to him last night because I want him to stick with this. I told him we'd walk again Wednesday and just keep walking every other day until he was ready to start week 1 of the program. However, I feel like I'm holding myself back. I feel like I could start day 1 of the program with no problem. How is this possible? I weigh more than him. I should be the one who can't handle it. I don't get it. So, do I go and do my own thing and leave him behind or do I stick with him and support him until he's at my level? I love him so of course I'm going to stick around and support him. It's just a little frustrating which I guess is why I'm writing this blog. I feel like he didn't push himself at all yesterday but if I push him, he'll quit. I know he will. Anyway, thanks for reading. I'll keep updating as the program continues. Your comments/advice are welcome!