Great inspirational post. The image of a runner who only does sprints compared to one who does marathons is vivid. That is the necessary mentality to ensure lasting success.
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.
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Happy new year all!
I'm using running only as a metaphor at the moment since while I did run a 10K this past year, I have been benched for a few months because I'm dealing with plantar faciitis.
I hope to some day be able to run again, however, for today, I'm using running/race terms in regards to achieving healthy goals. I have to change my attitude and focus, which I've heard and read a lot about leading up to the new year and new resolutions. I can't continue to have a certain number of pounds as a goal. That's a sprint mentality, meaning that I have in mind a short amount of time by which I should 'realistically' be able to get to my goal. That's not working. At least not for me.
A marathon mentality is more about taking the time, and being consistent over a long period of time to reach a goal, and not seeing the goal as an end, but as an achievement to maintain and grow from. This has to be about making healthy choices over the long term. A life long change. I know I'm not saying anything brand new, but for me, thinking about this as a marathon doesn't make me feel like it's unattainable or daunting. It provides some peace and calm, knowing that I (hopefully) have time on my side as long as I use it wisely.
It won't be easy, but I know I need to change something (many things) up for the new year, and this mentality shift is going to be a part of that.
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