Calling all couch potatoes: Make today start of something great


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Posted Online: March 26, 2013, 3:32 pm
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By Jessica Ramos-Rodriguez
Hello. My name is Jessica and I have a problem.

Despite many efforts, I fear that I have given up and have allowed things to get out of control. Yes. It is official. I am a certified couch potato.

I must admit, I am 34 years old and have never really prioritized diet and exercise. I was thin growing up and even through high school. And like many of us women, I began to go up and down in weight after entering college.

I've tried a few diets and bought gym memberships from time to time in an attempt to lose my couch potato body, however, after giving birth to my son in 2009, my weight has really taken a turn for the worse. I am unhealthier than ever. This is a problem.

As women, I find that we tend to put others needs ahead of our own. Of course, this is not the case for all women but doesn't it seem that taking care of ourselves is usually last on our "to do" list? I know for me, it is.

I work fulltime and have a 3-year-old son. To me, that is two fulltime jobs. By the time I get home from work and figure out what we're going to do for dinner, I'm exhausted and working out is the farthest thing from my mind.

So, you say, get up in the morning and work out before work. Yes, this seems like a great idea. Well, until my alarm goes off at 6 a.m. and I hit snooze five to six times and realize at 7 a.m. that I've just slept through my workout time. And weekends: Forget about it! Back to square one.

So, last week at work a co-worker tells me that she is signing up to do the 1st annual Easter Egg Scramble 5k Run/Walk in the Village of East Davenport on March 30. She proceeded to invite our department to join her and of course, as a certified couch potato my first reaction was hesitation.

I haven't walked/jogged a race in about two years and I'm so out of shape that I may just pass out after the first mile. However, this co-worker started to encourage us and soon there were about five or six of us making the commitment to do it. This is exactly what I need: a little motivation and a little support.

So this got me thinking. How many of us, women and men alike, just need that little push from someone to make our health and well-being a priority in our life? The truth is despite all the excuses I make (and yes, I know they are EXCUSES) about how I don't have the time or the energy to make myself a priority, it is imperative to my quality of life to make the time and put forth the effort to place my health a little higher on the "to do" list.

Are you feeling that way today? Do you need someone to encourage to you? Well, here is the push you may have been wanting or needing. Quad Cities, especially you women on the bottom of the to do list: let's stop making excuses. It's time. Your name is going to the top of the list!

Why don't you join me and my co-workers in the Village of East Davenport this weekend? Ask a friend, family member or a coworker to join you. Let's make the commitment to ourselves and enjoy the sights of our own historic Village of East Davenport at the same time.

Today can be the start of something great! For more information go to: www.scramble5k.com.
Jessica Ramos-Rodriguez is a graduate of Western Illinois University.
















 



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