So, this started the first week of September 2015 and the weight began to come off. Fast forward to the middle of January 2016 and I decide to start walking and get some serious exercise. OK, we all walk but really making an effort to walk three times a week for two miles each time. Cold weather, snow or wind didn't stop my walk. Now I want to jog. I looked on the internet for running advice and tried to follow a pattern but it progressed too fast. What the hell, I can barely run 15 seconds. I kept at it, and after a few weeks I found some really sound advice. http://www.runnersworld.com/ask-coach-jenny/the-worlds-simplest-learn-to-run-program
Follow your body!
Warm up with five minutes of walking.
Run and walk by your body.
Alternate running (until you hear your breath) & walking until you catch your breath.
Stick with just 20 minutes of running time, 3 days a week.
Stay happy, don't push yourself, keep it easy. No pain.
Finish with a 5 minute cool down, just walk.
Now I decide to enter the Shamrock Race, the two mile run. After all, how many women in their 60's will compete? Seriously, I was just happy that I was able to give it a try, my running time was pretty close to the last year's 3rd place winner. How did I do? Yes, I came in 3rd place on March 19th. I ran as long as I could, then I walked until I caught by breath. It only took a half dozen steps. I finished two miles in 22:26, complete with an award and pictures taken at the end. Success! I'm 40 pounds lighter and getting stronger and healthier each day. I plan to work hard at maintaining the exercise and eating habits. Wish me luck!