Personal Best

Tonight was the first time I have been on a real ralk in months. (For those of you who are new to Love Weights: walk + run = ralk. It sounds cooler.)

I drove home from Dallas today (random bad weather make-up day off from school), plopped down on the couch, and turned on old episodes of The Office on Netflix. Walter texted me that he was going for a run, and then I felt guilty and mopey and all those other I’m-a-blog-of-do-nothing feelings. (That’s why I keep him around.) Instead of getting of the couch, I sat at my computer, making a workout playlist. (If only that burned as many calories as ACTUAL ralking did.) When I finally decided to get my ass off the couch and use that rockin’ (ralkin’?) playlist that I so deftly created, I found that it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL outside. Austin decided to give us one more night of breezy, gorgeous weather right before sunset.

I turned on my new Spotify playlist, and I was amazed at how much it motivated me. Usually, I put on a Radiohead or Muse album, or I let Pandora do the work. Inevitably, that leads to me being annoyed with slow songs or songs I don’t like as much as others, or songs I’ve never heard, or songs I just DON’T WANT TO HEAR RIGHT NOW, PANDORA. HOW DARE YOU.

This new playlist allowed me to not ever worry that I wasn’t going to be completely happy with a song choice. I jammed out the whole way. I know it might not be everyone’s preference, but here it is – I’m proud of it:

(Use at your own risk. I like to be cursed at while I ralk. Weight loss uncensored, bitches.)

I put it on shuffle play, and smiled. For my entire ralk, I smiled. Even when I was gasping for air and I felt like someone was punch me in the side, I was jamming out to my music. The weather was ridiculous and the sunset was magical.

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I went a total of 2.5 miles in 38 minutes. Have I gone farther in previous ralks? Of course. With faster miles? Duh.

But tonight, I felt amazing. I felt joyous that I live in such an amazing place, thankful that I have lungs that gasp and legs that ache, and proud of myself for getting off the couch and taking care of my body.

By my standards – that’s a personal best.

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13 thoughts on “Personal Best

  1. I love this. Every time you write-you motivate! There is nothing I love more than the moments when I’m running and am reminded how blessed I am that I have strong lungs, working legs and a pumping heart. GO LIZ!

  2. I’ve always found music to be a great motivator out on the pavement, no matter what your song choices! I like to play this game where I move to the tempo of the song.

  3. Nice work. Ralks are great because you can actually still build your running stamina and increase your distances without the agony that usually comes with it. Lol. Running a bit, then walking…running…walking…etc, lets you go as long and far as you want, but at your own enjoyable pace. Much better than most people’s alternative of pushing too hard the first time and giving up forever. I’ll take plan A any day!

  4. Congratulations on setting a new personal best! This is some sort of a motivation to me. I hope you continue writing ways to lose weight! Keep inspiring people.

  5. Good work! I find music makes ALL the difference in motivating me to get off the couch. Now you’ve reminded me I should make some new workout playlists. :-)

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