When I was heavier, I would get invited to go to the gym or join my roommates for a run - my response was always along the lines of "With my work schedule, I just don't have time..." Well, the reality of it was that I didn't want to make time. I didn't want to be uncomfortable dealing with the issue of my weight. I wasn't ready to address it properly in a way that would cause a change. Of course at the time, I thought I wanted to make some changes, but I hadn't made my weight a priority. At that time in my life, I was young, had all kinds of other activities to get involved in... you know, dinner with friends, drinks with friends, going to the movies, going out in general (which required much time getting ready).... which in turn was soooooooo exhausting that after I squeezed in a full day of work, I had to come home and nap. It's funny how much time can just slip away when you are not paying attention to it... I used to think I was soooooo busy all the time. That I couldn't possibly fit any thing else into my schedule. Then I got a boyfriend (I was single a good three years, so yes, this was something I had to "fit" in). I made time for coffee with him, meeting his friends, going places with him.. and the funny thing was, I still was managing to do all the other things I was doing also - hanging out with my roommates, going out for drinks with friends, dinner with friends, etc - because those things were priorities to me.
As time went on (the year 2003 to be exact), the gym started to bore me. I still felt exercise to be a priority though, so I never quit working out, I just started to look for other alternatives to the gym. I was a good 30 pounds lighter and near average size for my height. At the time I was 160 and 5' 8". I found myself interested in martial arts... I had no experience in this AT ALL, but I found a dojo that's focus was Shotokan. I signed up (but still kept my membership at the regular gym) and got a friend to join with me (unfortunately she was injured badly - broken nose - after about a year and didn't return, but at this point I had made friends at this dojo and I was comfortable enough to stay put), and three years later, as I was training for my brown belt, I was injured sparring. Torn ligament in my ankle. Honestly, it made me a little afraid to get into another match, and at this dojo, that was a requirement... my Sensei, was very encouraging and tried his best to get me back in the gym, but at this time I was in my late 20s and did not want to risk another injury like that. I had two months of recovery and physical therapy and all I could really do exercise-wise was walk and for someone that NEEDED challenging physical exercise for my mental health, that was a big setback..
I started going back to the regular ol' gym to get back in the swing of the exercise thing. I had already changed the way my body looked and with this newfound love of my NEW body, I created some accountability by starting a DJ duo with my friend. Our gimmick was that we wore bloomers or bodysuits while we DJ'd... I couldn't turn back now, this type of accountability was gonna keep me on my toes in the exercise department....
After my long hiatus with running, and it being perfect weather to take the workout outdoors, I decided to go back to the running bootcamp. I signed up online and told her up front that I was only going to get a few months in to kickstart my running. She was glad to have me back and I was glad to get my run on! As promised, I went my own way after 4 months. The weather was perfect and I started running every morning with a friend. I had two friends that I rotated days with. Just a short 30 minute run 5-6 days a week. No weights, no other kind of workout. The fresh air and this amount of exercise was perfect for me. As the mornings got colder, we ran a little less frequently until the running came to a halt altogether. That's when the 'Suppertime Stroll' was born.