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.