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Ran My First 5K! Workout Routine & Pictures



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Hi Everyone!

So this morning I ran my first 5k! The turkey trot at my university :) I was so proud of myself for running it. I definitely almost bailed on it last night...luckily I have friends that wouldn't let that happen! When I crossed the finish line I just thought about the week before surgery when I went to the gym, got on the treadmill, and was unable to go more than 1/4 of a mile without wheezing and feeling like I was dying! lol Working out has become a part of my daily routine and it is by far my favorite part of the surgery. I used to not believe people when they said they loved working out. I was convinced they were lying and I kind of hated them for it!! It's very petty, but when you're overweight and miserable you tend to knock down other people for being healthy. The quote "Insecurity is an ugly thing. It makes you hate people you don't even know" was very true in my pre-sleeve life. As a 22 year old girl in college, I had a bitterness inside me that affected my personality! I would get annoyed at my friends who went shopping, got ready for the night, worked out, etc. I was simply jealous.

I feel like a much happier person. I am wayyyyy less anxious and feel laid back, healthy, and strong! I no longer feel constant guilt about my decisions I make on a daily basis. Whenever I don't want to get up and work out, I just think to myself - Will I feel proud of sleeping in 2 more hours or Will i feel proud for getting up and working out? What decision will make me happiest in the long run? I have to consistently remind myself of this to stay motivated.

I work out 4-5 days a week for about an hour and a half. I had some people ask what my workout routine was in my last post so I posted a general outline at the end of this post. I also will post a couple of unflattering before pictures and some current pictures from the 5k and this past weekend.

The biggest advice I have is to not be intimidated of working out. I am not great at working out. The first couple weeks of working out were absolutely miserable. I could not run 1/2 a mile and I threw up half way through the 30 minute circuit every time. I also had zero core strength! I have a friend that I go to the gym with and I just had to get over feeling embarrassed in front of her. I now feel comfortable going to the gym and it is something I enjoy - I just had to get over those first couple of weeks!

What do you guys do for a workout routine? I have lots of room for improvement!

Good luck to all of you and I hope everyone is enjoying getting ready for the holiday season! I busted out the Christmas decorations last night ;) I apologize for the lengthiness of my posts - I'm a talkative girl :)

Jordyn

General Workout Routine

-Stretch

-5 minute cardio warmup (eliptical, treadmill, bike)

-30 Minute Circuit (12 reps on the chest press, pull down, row, shoulder press, biceps curl, triceps extension, leg press, leg extension, leg curl, ab machine and step exercises for 1 minute in between - 20 stations total)

-30 Minute Core Strengthening (I switch these up a lot....these were so hard at first but I can see the difference in my stomach!)

-20 Minute Arms or Legs (I pick one or the other - consist of squats, leg lifts, or free weight arm exercises)

-15-30 Minute Cardio

-Cool Down and Stretch

Stats

Age: 22

Height: 5'3

Date of Surgery: August 22nd, 2012

Starting Weight: 231

Current Weight: 169

Total loss: 62 pounds

Goal Weight: 130

Pictures:

1) Before Side Shot

2) Before Front Shot

3) Doing the corn maze with my boyfriend's family

4) About to go to school!

5) HAD TO POST THIS - I have always thought that pea coats are so cute and could never get them to fit me - soooo happy that they now do lol

6) Night out with friends

7) My bridesmaids dress for my friend's wedding in March - still a little snug but a big improvement from what it looked like before!

8) Finished with the 5k!!

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Wow, wow, wow.....

Great Job Jordyn :)

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AWESOME! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You soud so happy and you really look great! You should really be proud of yourself! Keep up the good work!

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What an inspiration for us newbies!

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nice job!! I just told my wife tonight that next year we are going to run our local turkey trot together :)

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Congratulations on the 5k! You are an inspiration!

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Wow

You look amazing!

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Jordyn, you have truly inspired me. I am 21 and a college student who is about the same height and weight. Everything you've said sounds oh so familiar. Looking forward to being sleeved on the 10th so I will no longer be afraid of the gym.

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awesome job! Running is my main exercise now, adding in yoga once a week and zumba when i can. I am addicted to running now...its crazy to think this time last year i too, could not run 1/4 of a mile...now i have my 7th 5k next weekend and im trainung for a half marathon in april! im already at the point i can run 10 miles non.stop and last year, i could not climb a flight of stairs without getting winded! I love seeing the progression...and i love my new collection of race t-shirts! lol

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