Today is Day1 of my 28-day “No Running” challenge. I’ve had a bunch of messages on insta from this post I made in my story so I wanted to address it here as well. I think my struggle must be something that a lot of women battle internally.
- This is the blog entry I read (referenced in photo above)- http://www.sirenabernal.com/stop-running-lose-weight-and-feel-better/
Here is an excerpt from that blog that I really connected to:One of my biggest fears is getting “fat”. There. I am putting that out there. I’ve lived with it my entire 33.5yrs as far back as I can remember. When I first got into shape & saw some abs, I did it by running/cardio, some lifting, & following a meal plan from a FitnessRx magazine. I’ve always been baffled/envious by women I see who are fit but don’t do much cardio aside from some HIiT a few days a week. I got really into fitness and running, and believed I needed to be doing 45-60min of cardio everyday. However as I’ve made steps the last few weeks to cut back on my running & cardio, I’m really beginning to believe that it’s possible to be in BETTER shape w/out the hours of cardio. There is nothing wrong with running or cardio, but, for me, it’s been life-sucking. It leaves me hungry, often lonely, feeling trapped in a cycle of “needing” to run, & wondering where my $$ goes at times 🤦🏻♀️. I have a lot of great memories with Fitness/running, but it’s not something I want my life to keep revolving around. The pain of what it’s caused me in internal battles is greater than the pain of changing. My coach, Amber, has never been a fan of my running/cardio but she never pressured me to stop. However, she has been a huge cheerleader to me as I’ve talked with her through this process of cutting back. This was a message she sent me in our emails this week:
I plan to be as open and honest as I can in this process. Right now, I’m kinda freaked out. Chris booked a vacation for us later this month & I have swimsuits to wear! Lol. But I’m also committed to changing my life this time & actually believe it is possible. In Serina’s blog above, she has her clients do a 28-Days of no running challenge, which is what I’m starting today! I’m still keeping my 60min workout time limit that I discussed here, but plan to fill the “running void” with some additional strength work, or hiit/plyos, or yoga depending on the day!Will I do any cardio?Sirena also recommends a 5000step goal to her clients, which seems like a doable goal & more sustainable than the 10-15000 that I’ve been doing. It’s about 35-40min of walking for me that I can break up during my work day.
As far as macros, Amber said to keep them the same (which I shared here) . I figured she would actually drop them back for me but she said to keep them & we can adjust if need be. She’s optimistic that my body will adapt fabulously, which would be great! :). I did a refeed yesterday (macros: 145p 325c 58f =2400ish kcals) & I woke up like this:So I’d say that’s a good start! 👍🏼
Some other messages I’ve received of encouragement are:And this one:You can check out her post here that she mentions in the DM she sent me: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZhl-aEnd_r/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=b2ujf79v2xug
So, is it really possible to lose weight/get in better shape/be lean/be happier/etc without running? 🤷🏻♀️.
I am hopeful! I have a coach who lives it out and believes in me. And I have been praying daily that God would show me how to spend my time/energy wisely & how to workout so I can healthily live & fulfill His calling for me. Ironically, I was praying during my runs 🤣🤣 … but I think walking a little each day will give me that time where I can pray & listen to podcasts now. :).
Bonus: Here’s a yummy breakfast that Nike tried to steal from me this morning! See the recipe directions here if you need!Use code RebekahC10 for discount on gains in bulk products (enzymes are my fav!) & their workout bands, which I’m utilizing a ton in these 80 day obsession workouts at home!
Have you ever faced a fear? I believe realizing my fear & confronting it is a bog step… freedom is on the other side. Happy 4th of July everyone!!!!!