Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Nothing like a major wake up message to me. Food is just FOOD. Nothing more, nothing less. It's not bad, it's not good, it's not a friend, it's not an enemy...it's just plain food.
Now that I've put that out there. What do I do about it...about ME I mean. I take care of me. I love myself enough to make
good choices about what I am going to eat, how I am going to live, keeping to my exercise program and making them all a habit.
It means stopping and thinking and not just reacting when I want something to eat, or eating due to stress, boredom, anxiety, loneliness and on and on with excuses. The reason to eat is hunger.
I am so worth taking care of. Keeping myself healthy so that I can not only do the things I want to do, dream to do, yearn to do, but be with the people I love for as long as possible. This is NOT a diet, it's my life.
While having an eye exam today for new glasses I was told that keeping my eyes healthy all comes down to keeping ME healthy. My eye health is directly related to my over all health. It all ties together and makes a whole lot of sense. A reminder to remember the sacredness of my own skin.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
April 13 is just 3 months away. Thirteen Sundays from today! That Sunday in April will be my second running of the Flora London Marathon! Am I excited?? YEAAHHH, I am excited!!
Three months from today all the hard training will be finished, I won't have to deal with the bitter winds of today, rain that feels like pins and needles in my face, the layers upon layers of cothing, the hat, the gloves, the blinky lights and Hi-Vi bright yellow bibs for better visability.
No..all I will be dealing with is the job at hand. Running my fourth marathon and aiming to run it in a Personal Best. I know it will test me, stretch me, strip me of all I am made of, but it will also test me to see what I am made from.
I'm looking ahead to just 3 months from now. The great memories, the sense of acomplishment, the pride, and the aching body that will reward me with a job well done.
So as I look forward I also look at the here and now. This day is where I am. I'm not 13 weeks ahead, I'm right here. I do what is infront of me. Sometimes when I run I have a tendency to look straight down at the pavement ahead of me. I forget that I also need to look beyond my own feet to where I am headed. To focus on where it is I am aiming for and run towards that.
I am taking each day as a step to the finish line in just 3 months. I am logging my food each day, I am keeping to the plan I have written up. I am getting out and running my marathon schedule to keep my body ready for the longer runs that are coming up. I am keeping grounded in prayer and inspirational readings to feed that warrior within me to stay hungry for even better things. These things will keep me focused and so that in just 3 months from today, I will run not just a good race, but a GREAT race.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
....Enjoying the marathon
Oh how I really really liked this thought!! "Life is like a marathon. We run and run, not knowing where (or how far) the finish line lies. We focus so intensely on prolonging the race but sometimes--despite our best efforts--the race is cut short. "
Maybe it's because I am a runner...and have run 3 marathons and am preparing/in training for my fourth in April that I can relate to this. In the endeavour that is a marathon it's really pretty simple....prepare and then run. Oh I know that sounds very simplistic, but that is where I think I need to be right now.....keeping things simple.
I can see that lists, preparing for my day, focusing, doing what is infront of me, not getting bogged down with "Oh oh oh....I need to get this done, and that needs doing, and what about fitting that in and when am I every going to get to that!!! "swiming in my mind. Nope...it just comes to left, right, repeat.....left, right...repeat till I get to where I am going.
Yes there have been some serious bumps over the past two weeks. Christmas holiday was interupted by a car accident which made it not feel too festive the second week. However, I do the familiar, I plan and keep the quality of my life up.
I refocused on what is important to me and keep looking ahead to that finish tape. Having run the previous Marathons, and having run London last year, I know the route, I do know the distance, I know what it can feel like, BUT that doesn't mean I KNOW everything about this one. I don't know for sure how I will feel during my training, let alone how I will perform on the day. All I can do is prepare...and plan, and get myself ready for the run of my life, like the good animal I am. YES... I AM enjoying this marathon...and life!
Monday, January 07, 2008
Do I try to make life too complicated? Do I stress myself out with all that I try to do in ONE day? Yep...I sure do.
I realized today that I seem to be always attempting to catch up. I get sidetracked with other things instead of doing the things I really need to do.
How to make the next day more simple than the one I just finished???? Plan for it. Instead of entering the day and looking at it as I look at a mishmashed shelf in my wardrobe I take the time to bring order to it. Very simply I took the time to make a list of those things that are on my MUST do list for tomorrow.
I feel relieved today, because now I know what I plan to get accomplished. I don't have to stare at the day and think....hmm what is it I was going to do? Maybe I'm just anal in this sense, but it brings a calm knowing that I don't have to do everything TODAY! I can arrange things so that I have a plan...and I will work that plan. It doesvery simply, help me to have a direction to my day.
Friday, January 04, 2008
Ok... Back to school...back to the very basics...back to keeping track, staying on track, being honest and real with each day; a day at a time.
I've reset my goal meter to reflect the damage done over the month of December. I'm not going to dwell on that. Too little exercise, not enough water, lack of motivation at times and just letting things slip. That was last year.
Now it's hitting the books, being true to myself, looking at what lies ahead, focus, focus, focus.
I have goals to reach, a new road awaiting and I am NOT going to stumble on the first hurdle. Today I am lacing up, and hitting my goal road. Each step gets me closer to what I am aiming to achieve.
My goals for January:
1. keep to my marathon training runs
2. drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
3. log my food every day
4. no late night snacking
5. loose at least half of the December weight gain
Working honestly to reach those goals!
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