I had lunch with my friend Shayne yesterday. We talked about jogging and how it was going. I told him that this time around it seems to take a lot more energy for me to run. I am through week five of Couch 2 5K and I seem to be laboring to get through it. I finish my jogs and I am winded and in pain. This has been true since I started back in January.
Shayne reminded me that when I was running last September that I was lighter. I gained on a lot of weight through the holidays and then end of 2011. Thus, I am running with that weight now, so I am carrying more weight running. I think that could very well be why I feel so miserable when I am doing the jog now. I have lost a few pounds since I started, but not a lot. I have to keep in the motivation and stop focusing on how much I have lost.
The part that is causing the most problems is that unlike when I did this back in 2011, I am enjoying a few beers whenever I want. Last year, I cut out all alcohol for weeks. That helped to really drop the weight fast. This time around, I have not done that complete cut out of alcohol. I planned on doing so, but I have not done it as of yet.
I have a few races in mind to do for the year, so at least I have events that will help me be focused. I have a lot of work left to do and must keep the motivation. I am still weighing daily which I like to be able to look at my weight graph, but that might also be working against me in motivation.