"Rest if you must, but don't you quit!"
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Today I was reminded of a poem I have on my wall back home. I'm going to post it here so you know what I'm talking about:
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
- Author unknown
I thought of it today because I've had a hard time sticking to this plan lately... mainly in the last week. It was working out so great in the beginning, but I guess I forgot that it was going to be so hard. I've messed up on this diet thing - more than once in the past week. I keep falling into that trap of "oh, I'm a distance runner: I can eat whatever I want." And in fact, it's only Tuesday and I've already burned way more than my weekly calorie burn goal (according to my fitness tracker), but it's hard for me to not use that as an excuse to eat everything in sight.
I realize this is going to be an uphill battle. It's just hard when the pace is slow, because as a competitive runner, I'm used to doing everything fast. I'm struggling, and sometimes it feels like I'm moving backwards, but I'm not going to give up.
These past few days I've been a time when I guess I just had to rest (with the eating plan, not exercise obviously), but I'm not quitting. I'm going to stick it out and I WILL succeed.
Just... please... don't give up on me. I need your support more than you know.