Well, I haven't quit yet. Nearly through week two of C-to-5K. 90 seconds running, two minutes walking. (This is actually week three for me, because I started even slower than the program suggests, based on my, uh, "biometric feedback"...) I think I will do one more of these before graduating to three minutes.
Oh, and 14 push-ups. Doesn't sound that impressive, but it feels like a lot when you're a wimp. And I started at 10, so this is progress.
Also have been much better with the diet. Weight is down a little, but I'm not sure if it's statistically significant. So I'll keep that number to myself and report back when I get to a certain target which I think I can take all the credit for. There are no persistent aches and pains, so I think the easy, gradual approach with alternating days of only walking is definitely working. And Smoochy likes the walking days too, because she gets to come. I only missed one morning, because of rain, so I went in the evening instead. Then skipped the next day altogether (yesterday) to allow plenty of rest before running again today. I think C-to-5K allows for days off to be no exercise at all, but the book I read (but didn't buy... don't you hate people who treat Borders like a public library?... oh well, I had a long break on jury duty...) says to walk on days off so you do something aerobic every day, and that's been my approach. I am no longer short of breath, and I can keep the rosary going. While walking, that is. Not really able to talk while running, and also busy counting my strides.
By the way, it's been COLD here lately, especially at 5:30 AM. I wore the fuzzy bunny earmuffs this morning and that helped.
Anyway, I'm not going to call myself a "runner" yet, but I'm satisfied with the progress.