An update on "The Next Step". A friend recommended Running Made Easy by Susie Whalley and Lisa Jackson as a place to start. It is a ten week plan to transition from absolutely zero to walking/jogging for 40 minutes. I am now in week two! Little Man is my trainer. He is 10 and doesn't remember me when I was hiking and snowshoeing, or during my time on the radio or on stage. So he is thrilled. He keeps hugging on me and smiling a lot.
Quite a few people are inspired to join me in a return to health, so I'm giving away a copy of this book, along with an item from my Etsy shop! The winner gets to pick which item they'd like! Here is what is currently in the shop:
The winner will get to pick from whatever is in the shop on Monday. Just leave a comment here and you'll be included in the random drawing on Sunday. The winner will be announced Monday, February 28th.
Now, I will tell you this book is written for people in the UK, so weight is converted from kg or stones to lbs. I have no idea how many "stones" I am, but I have not found this to be a problem for this program. I love the book! It has lots of tips, stories, and inspiration...weekly plans, charts, and celebrating. It has been very well thought out to help people like me who are coming back from physical challenges, weight problems, or are just plain 'ol couch potatoes. Spinning and knitting does keep us sitting a lot!
Today I started week two. I run (haha which is more of a shuffle) for 60 seconds and walk for 2 minutes, then repeat 5 times on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. My basset, Lucy, has joined in. Guess what I learned? When female dogs get older, they have to stop and pee pee every few minutes, too! :D