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Lisa: Training for a 5k?

Lisa: Training for a 5k?

I am still 10-15 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight and have continued to struggled to lose every lb since my daughter was born. One of the hardest things for me to figure out is how to incorporate exercise into my weekly routine. Similar to one of the current forum posts (click here to view), my schedule is completely crazy because I work full-time outside the home and of course I need to find time to work on this wonderful online community =).

Prior to getting pregnant, I would work out all the time. My weight would fluctuate every few years within the same 10 lbs, but I was never THIS overweight. I would have called myself athletic and enjoyed working out. Now I feel like I barely have any time with my daughter or husband so on the weekends I feel guilty leaving them to go workout.

I am now contemplating training for a 5k so I can get back into shape, but I fear that I will not stick with a training plan because I will find excuse after excuse not to stick with it (anyone out there relate or am I just completely crazy!?).

So, I’ve decided to put my fate in your hands…

If 20 people encourage me to start training (& commit) to doing a 5k by ‘Leaving a Reply’ below, then I will commit to all of our NMO members that I will training AND complete a 5k by October 2010!!! That of course comes with the understanding that I’ll blog about my experience every step of the way!

I am leaving the decision power up to all of you so I can stop making excuses and start getting back into shape….

Picture: This is me at my wedding 5 years ago…I bet most of you mommies who know me only post-baby would have never recognized me! Yikes!
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  1. Go Lisa Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can do it!

  2. Claire says:

    Go for it, Lisa! I’ve been thinking of doing the same, so if you want company on the 5k, just let me know.

    I don’t know if it’ll work for you, but… Lately my husband and I have been going on a run together with the baby in the stroller on the weekend. Baby likes napping in the stroller and we get some distraction-free time together.

  3. Go for it! We’ll be waiting to hear how it goes! :-)

  4. emyoshida says:

    Lisa! You can totally do it!
    I will totally do the 5K with you! Then we’ll move to the 10K, and then the half marathon…etc…etc…=0)

  5. jmerick says:

    I would have recognized you, Lisa… but go for it anyways!! :)

  6. Holly, NMO Founder says:

    I support you, Lisa! You can do it!!!

  7. Traveler says:

    You can totally do it!!! C*O*M*M*I*T T*O I*T!!! xoxoxo

  8. Great idea, Lisa! You can do it!!! =)

  9. If I leave another comment will it count towards the 20? :-P

    Claire & Miko will run with you so there’s 2 more reasons you can do it! :-)

  10. sharigal says:

    Do it!! I would do it with you if I wasn’t so far awayyyyyyyyyyy
    Love you Lisa!

  11. Thank you everyone for your support! I still need 10 more supporters!

    Debralee- you crack me up! I’ll count you twice- lol!

  12. Erin Orcutt says:

    Go Lisa! you can do it! I also started the Couch to 5k program with my husband about 2 weeks ago. What’s your approach? :) Good Luck!!

  13. You can do it! Good Luck!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Go for it, Lisa! You can do it!

  15. Lisa…go for it! Sign me up for your plan-those last 10 are a killer to shed!

  16. I think committing to a 5k is a great motivation and sticking it out there and promising it to your blog readers will help you with sticking to it. I started to run when I was trying to lose the weight when my daughter was born. Went through the same agony of trying to find time. I did it, little by little. Now my daughter is 33, and I am a running coach and triathlete and fitter than most teenagers. The point is that you can do it. A suggestion: running will only help you drop the weight, but you have to monitor food intake too. allows you to journal what you eat and it subtracts for exercise. This will help motivate you to get in those miles.
    One more thing. Check out all the running moms at Laura McClain’s RunMommaRun site. Lots of support there from running moms:)

  17. cjncollins says:

    I’ll do it if you do it!

  18. Thank you everyone for your support! So I’ve decided to train for the 5k!!!! WOO HOO!!!!

    Here is the website for the 5k I’ll be registering for in case anyone wants to join me:

    I’ll also be using the training materials from to help me get ready.

  19. I believe in you!!! You’re my shining example to follow as I worry about losing my baby weight. I know you can do it :)

  20. rentafrend says:

    20! you can do it!!!

  21. ethanealsmama says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I’ve just joined this community and stumbled upon this blogpost. It looks like you have received the encouragement you need to make this committment to yourself. Awesome!
    I’ve just committed to running an 8k in October so I look forward to reading your posts along the way.

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