Okay, I had and have no plans to start running regularly. Mainly because it's just not prudent, since I'm 52 and 210 pounds. Running seems a great way to incapacitate myself permanently through joint damage.
However, I feel so much energy and actually crave higher intensity of activity on this diet.
So this weekend, after the mold counts went down and my horrible allergy symptoms went away, I woke up early Sunday morning and decided to do a quick 20 minute walk outside before breakfast.
I just couldn't help myself. My body -- yes MY body--- WANTED to run. I have not run in about 20 years, and when I did, I never did more than a 5k very slowly.
But on this walk, I spontaneously would jog for a half a block or maybe a block, and then walk awhile, jog- walk. And I felt great!
I remember 20 years ago when I was trying to adopt a running exercise regime, I hated it. It hurt and felt so cumbersome.
This didn't. I felt released, and like I could keep going indefinitely if I wanted to.
Nevertheless, I am proceeding with some caution. Will probably keep it at the jog - walk level, and only do when I really feel like it and can't help myself.
I now feel like when I lose weight (trusting that it happens in the future as I keep on this journey), I might actually enjoy running, instead of just doing it for punishment-style exercise.
Today I did about 20 minutes of core body weight exercise. I have a ROKU and it has a fitness channel where I can select from dozens of prerecorded exercise shows. Am trying to do one twice a week for strength training.
Actually, I'm finding even a modest strength training workout like this leaves me feeling pretty exhausted the rest of the day. I definitely eat more calories on strength training days. The jog-walking was energizing.