Sunday, December 28, 2014
They say all things in moderation - I wish I could live that way. If food were in moderation I would not be this size. If I could exercise in moderation it would not be viewed as "well I could not get it all in so won't do anything". If I cleaned in moderation I would have organized areas not one spot done and chaos every where else as the project became overwhelming.
The dictionary says moderation is "the avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one's behavior or political opinions." Synonyms: Self-restraint, self-control, self-command, self-discipline. My lack of moderation is apparent all over - from my body, to my house full of stuff, to the lack of consistent savings, etc.
I gifted myself with permission/encouragement of at least 1 purposed mile a day with the goal of a 5K a day in 2015. I told myself that is was okay if it was not all done at once as my family frequently interrupts the best laid plans. But that I need, wanted and deserved to get the miles in. I have managed at least 1 mile a day and have even told my family that they can wait for less than 20 minutes (I am not fast) for me to finish a mile before they can ask me for X, Y and Z. I am not be heartless to them as there are other adults in the house. I am being heart full to me.
Then a friend told me about a challenge in 2015 to complete purposed 2015 miles. My first inclination was to jump in with both feet after all it was "only 5.5 miles a day - every day" and in my head I started calculating how to get it done and show just how I was awesome to do it. And then I started thinking of moderation. Moderation in ALL things. Right now the concept of almost 40 miles a week every week is beyond what I have in me. Right now it would be setting myself up for failure. Right now that is so far outside of any level of moderation. So I am gifting myself again - the gift of saying "No thank you"
It is okay to not do everything. It is okay to pull the reigns back. It is okay to say "Not now".
It is not easy - but it is okay. I look at what friends are doing and I want to jump right in and say me too - but that is not living in moderation. I can live fully and largely and still live in moderation.
To quote Marty Rubin "To go to any extreme is to limit oneself."
Here is to removing my limits and finding The Moderate- one mile at a time.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Like many of us I am reflecting on things gained, lost, found, accomplished and changed in 2013 as I look to 2014. Lost: Weight, inches, and some of my insecurities. Gained/Found: My voice, confidence, peace within, another year with my husband and children. Changed: The family grew (added my MIL and BIL to our home on a full time basis), house plan picked, life. Accomplished: Over 1000 purposed miles, 39 half marathons (both virtual and live), Books From Bug ready to submit to the IRS for federal nonprofit charity status consideration. This is by no means the be all, end all list, but some of where my journey has taken me over the year. The goals for 2014: Continue the journey to being debt free, complete 40 half marathons (both virtual and live), complete 2014 purposed miles, live life fully and stay in the moment as they fly by too quickly and never can be replaced ....again - not all I want to accomplish in 2014 - but some great goals to live by, not survive by, not work by....but live by. May each of you have a year of truly and fully living. Happy New Year to you all!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Proof of 18 months of believing I can...one step at a time...no matter how fast or how slow....proof that even big girls can be endurance athletes....proof of others belief in me...proof that I believe in me
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