Friday, August 10, 2012
Since I've had a lot of time to do thinking while I'm not running, I've been reflecting on my most recent runs and how I could have improved them. I genuinely believe that the ones I didn't complete, or that I lagged on occurred because I mentally wasn't in the game. I wasn't focused or driven enough to push my body harder.
How do I know this?
Because I seldom stop at a point where it feels like I'm truly tired. My limbs aren't heavy, I'm breathing hard, but it's not uncontrolled. I'm uncomfortable - but that isn't always a bad thing.
I've decided I need more focus in my life.
I found a great article (here:http://www.nlpco.com/2011/02/navy-se
al/) about the use of mental toughness training by Navy Seals. I think over the next few days I'm going to choose one method a day and really hone in on it. Today's focus: Goal setting.
As defined in the article: Goal-setting. I don't mean "what are you going to do with your life". I mean, "How are you going to get through the next half hour"?
How do I plan to make it through my 20-25-30 or even 40 minute run?
Step one, of course, is preparation. Doing my stretches, hydrating properly and going into the run with a clear head. I can and I will complete what I've set out to do.
More importantly, I'm going to be my own coach. It's great that my App tells me when to run and when to walk - it doesn't tell me that I can. I can do that.
Next I intend to do more self assessment. Am I going slowly because I'm tired? Am I threatening to walk because I'm bored? Listening to my body is paramount and remembering that each run only makes me stronger and I only get that particular opportunity once is fuel for my spirit.
Goals don't have to be long range - they can be short-term plans and milestones. I'm setting mine so I can blow right through them and cultivate my toughness and confidence in my own abilities.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Welcome to Friday of the week that will be forgotten!
Oh, yes, I deem this week completely forgotten even if the effects of my ankle injury linger on.
This morning I was happily greeted by a scale that read 207 - something that certainly made me feel better. In hindsight, I wonder if the aount of ibuprofen I was taking contributed to water retention. Still, it's just nice to know that the scale wasn't going to hit 209 or 210... at least not yet.
Work this week has been slow - I'm in a holding pattern right now as I'm assigned to what we call operations tasks - things that need to happen but aren't billable work. These include making training documents, writing case studies, and doing reading to stay abreast of industry trends and news. It's all well and good, but I'm a thinking woman - and that means I tend to get bored of this sort of thing quickly.
However - I was reminded of one of my early findings yesterday - I eat when I'm bored. It's like my brain is looking for something to do so it just concocts that I should be eating. Like a mindless zombie in search of brains I seek out anything - the candy bowl at the front of the office, a fiber one bar, I even took a trip to the damned vending machine yesterday. I hadn't seen the vending machine in eight weeks.
So, I have to ask, is boredom an emotion? I think of emotional eating and I conjure images of eating because you're sad, or because you're celebrating - not because it's your mental source of entertainment. What I need to do, though, is figure out ways to overcome boredom eating. I -knew- I was eating because I was bored. I even actively thought as much. I ate anyway.
Ugh, stupid lacking of discipline.
So, how do you guys all combat emotional eating? Bored eating?
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
You know what, I had an epiphany in the shower this morning.
I know, I sprained my ankle, I can't run.
But I sure as hell can walk.
Sure, I won't be speed walking and I won't be working up a sweat; but, it's something.
I refuse to let this stupid injury sideline me. I refuse to sit back and have a pity party because I'm clumsy. I definitely refuse to let my scale bully me into thinking I will gain all my weight back because I'm a clutz (208 this morning - BOO.)
So, I invite everyone to join in with me - we may not be able to do everything we want to do; but, today is our day to do SOMETHING.
Carpe Diem, folks. Go get some and FRACK THAT NOISE that tries to stop you!
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