Tuesday, March 25, 2014
I spent some time today (admittedly, maybe too much time) reading Spark Pages of some fellow DC area people who run races. I'm new to the sport with three 5Ks under my belt and a 10K coming up this November. But it seems... doable. Like if I start, and keep doing this for long enough, I will eventually be able to run longer races. (Although I think a marathon is probably the longest I will ever run. These ultra races -- what do you do inside your head for 10 hours? I'd get bored of myself.)
Looking forward to some running time this spring (if spring ever comes to these parts).
Monday, February 10, 2014
And so I choose to press mine today! In so many ways. I started the day feeling apprehensive (and honestly, reading work email is doing nothing to change that) but I can and will take control of this. Nothing coming through for work is life-altering or even career-ending, so I can get through it, and allow tomorrow to be another day.
The emails last night reminding me of or co-op responsibilities as a family also brought me down a bit last night, but again, I can start working on that with an email and phone call. I won't solve the problem overnight, but there is a possibility that it can be solved.
I can also take control of my eating and activity. I have done it before and can do it again. Granted, the situation is tougher now, I'm a lot busier and there are more competing priorities for dinnertime and whether I get some "me" time. But, thank goodness, I don't have any major health issues that prevent me from eating well and exercising. I am grateful for that opportunity to restart.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Today's Spark Coach was about weight loss, work, and negative (or positive) self-talk. The part that spoke most to me was the questions - if you spoke to employees who are trying to do their jobs the way that you speak to yourself if trying to lose weight... would they feel empowered and engaged? or would they want to quit?
And lately, I have been really tough on myself. I would want to quit. And that maybe helps to explain a little of the spiral that I'm going through right now.
The last few days (okay, two weeks) have been hard. After a very successful week or two when I was hitting my calorie goals consistently, I started slipping. (I was sick, out at a conference, out of my routine, etc.) And then somewhere in there, I started beating up on myself. Like, "Hey, you shouldn't eat those cookies. Why are you so weak? Why can't you say no to those cookies?" And really, who wants to listen to that?
So today, my mini-goal is to catch myself before the negative self-talk gets out of control, and respond to it with some positive self talk. So I didn't hit my calorie goals yesterday? That's true, but I'm also getting stronger, more muscular. I ran five miles and did that boot camp class without sweating and did 20 pushups during yoga this week, none of which I would have been able to do a year ago. I'm re-imagining meals, choosing a greek salad for dinner or half a bagel (instead of a whole one) without feeling like I was depriving myself of anything.
I've always known that if you're nice to people, you can get them to do what you want :) I never realized that that might apply to myself as well.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Today’s SparkCoach was about moderation. One thing that really resonated for me was the idea that you can’t and won’t and don’t have to be “perfect.” The message was this – when you strive for perfection and miss, it sets you up for a lack of desire to get right back on track the next minute or hour or day. When you strive for perfection and miss, it sets you up for guilt. When you strive for perfection and miss, it sets you up for anger and frustration with yourself and the people / situations around you that “Aren’t helping.” When you strive for perfection and miss, it doesn’t give you the freedom to listen to your body when it says, “I really am too busy / too hungry / too tired to go with the plan today.”
I feel like I’m hearing this message a lot lately – it was in a parenting magazine that I read last night. It said that cortisol (a stress hormone) levels are highest in working moms in the first hours of the day, when we’re trying to get ourselves and our kids up and out the door for the day. And that sometimes in those crunch times, things go wrong. “Perfection is not an option,” the article said, meaning that we can’t and won’t and don’t have to be perfect. We just have to get it right enough for everyone to make it through the day.
It’s a message I’m hearing a lot lately. But am I listening?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Today, SC asked for a blog post about motivation. Is it shallow to say that I'm motivated by a pretty dress? A cousin passed along a beautiful sundress but it's *just* a little too snug. I know that it would look cute (i.e. zip up) if I could just shave an inch (or two) off around the middle.
Of course, maybe that masks the more serious motivators, like my recent A1C level at the doctor (this past October). I didn't start getting serious again about what I was eating and how much I was moving until recently (January on activity, May on food). Sometimes having a number other than the scale to shoot for is important. My numbers for the big three (diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure) have always been great, so it was a little jarring to have the first report that they weren't.
But maybe the last motivator is my family. I want to be healthy and feel good in my skin for as long as I can. I've watched family members struggle with their weight and I know that the older I get the harder it can be - unless I get a good solid healthy foundation now. I want to always be motivated to move and be active and eat well. I want to contribute to my kids' good body image (because so far, they are inheriting my short stockiness) and healthy habits. I absolutely loved it when my son said that he liked Sundays because we got "so much exercise" (soccer, then playground, then swimming).
So that's the motivation, big and small and in between. I'm eager to find some of these external sources of motivation - people and ideas - that will keep me going as I learn to change my thought and behavior patterns.
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