Thursday, December 29, 2011
Are you God? No? Then you aren't perfect! Shame on you! When are you finally going to get this right?
The coming New Year seemed like a perfect time to remind myself of this. So how can we avoid the trap of New Year's resolutions that don't stick? We could have a challenge for perfectionists to not do things perfectly. For every week that you set yourseIf a goal and don't quite reach it happily you win and you have proven to yourself and everyone around you that you aren't perfect and that you might as well quit trying (being perfect only, of course). My head is starting to spin, what am I really trying to say here? Am I talking to myself? I'm sooo losing control!
So let's try again: How about setting goals that I have a reasonable amount of control over like:" I will try to eat junk food only on one day of the week" or I will get my heart rate up for at least 30 minutes/day. When we set the goals we should allow margin, like "I know I can usually fit in 45 minutes of exercise/day but I'll plan on 30 minutes and do more if I enjoy it that day," or, "I was planning to only eat junk food only on Sunday but if I end up having a little on Monday I can still do well from Tuesday to Saturday. If I don't feel the need for junk food on Sunday it's a bonus.
I skip goals that I have little control over altogether, like planning to not get sick, never to get mad at anyone, remembering everyone's Birthday, you fill in the blank.
Most people are disappointed or discouraged not because bad things happen but because bad things happen that they did not expect. Another definition of perfectionism is to never expect myself to make any mistakes.
So, unless you are working your way up the ladder to become God sometime soon (and the position isn't even open right now) don't let perfectionism kill your joy this coming year!
Monday, December 26, 2011
This was too good to wait with 'til tomorrow. While my weight is the same that it was last fall, 139 lbs., it's distributed much differently. I can fit in all my size 6 clothes, while last year size 8 was getting very tight. Yeah! So we are dropping off at least a couple of bags today.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Christmas dinner yesterday was pot roast with onions and carrots, spinach with sour cream sauce, oven-baked winter squash and wild rice. We managed to stay a little on the low-carb side and I really don't miss the turkey at all. The price for organic turkey would have been over $50.00 and the pot roast from grass-fed beef was about $7.00.
Dessert was organic vanilla ice cream with wild blueberries.
It WAS just another run, 4 miles in 53. 40 min., average pulse 133, average speed about 4.5 mph. But it did show that 2 days ago was not an accident.
I think I'm doing much better over the holidays this year than a year ago, definitely more consistent in my exercise.
I decided to try some eggnog and dark chocolate for my post-run recovery snack. Heavenly!
This afternoon we are going Christmas shopping as a family, now that everything's at reduced price.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
This is my 3rd long run. I went 5.5 miles in 1:12:40 for an average speed of 4.5 mph, finally a significant improvement. Average pulse was 133 bpm, temperatures were in the low 40's, no wind. I felt like I could have kept going for a long time.
This time my dog Kenya came along and while I expected this to make my run harder because of the occasional pulling on her Flexi-Leash it turned out to work really well.
Now I'm really going to enjoy my Christmas Eve dinner, a healthy version of beef sausage, lots of herbs and spices, no salt or sugar, some dark leafy greens and some winter squash.
Merry Christmas, may your exercise outweigh your eating and your joy be greater than the number of gifts under your tree.
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