40 days of light...
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I set down anchor at the end of last year. Sometimes it’s actually ok to stand still on your journey, as long as you don’t drift. Drop anchor and just stay where you are...it really helps to sometimes clear the head from constant goal-seeking we get into with our journeys. For 4 months I stood still and I really enjoyed it.
I stayed active, keep an eye on my nutrition and everything was just great. I knew I still had to lose more weight to get to my goal weight but the pressure was off for a bit. But then something slipped and now I’m drifting, loose from my anchor. This is not good, the kg’s are creeping back and I’m feeling unfocused. It’s a struggle to get back on track suddenly.
I can wail about the things that have caused this – the chronic ITB that has all but stopped me from pursuing my running goals, the stress at work and home, the interference from hard partying friends who just never gain weight...but it’s all just blah, blah, blah.
So I decided to go back to where it started, back to SP and my support system and the inspiring WAYMO group.
To help me get focused and working towards a goal again, I’ve decided to introduce a personal challenge. With a visualisation technique I’m picturing a guiding light over my goal...which is to lose the last bit of weight and get me to that number I haven’t seen in years. For 40 days, I will pursue an activity that has meaning for me, will get me balanced again and give me results that I can measure. The idea is that I need to follow the “light”, not the one at the end of the tunnel, the guiding one that shines over my goal.
As my first day back and because I just love to have company I’m inviting you to join me. Pick a goal that appeals to you right now, wherever you are on your journey. Decide on the activity that you need to practice every day for the next 40 days that will get to that goal. And then just do it...follow the light, do what you need to do and keep it up for 40 days.
My activity of choice is yoga. The yoga is helping me to get over the ITB injury as well as building strength, flexibility and balance to make me a better runner. I’ve already done today’s yoga workout and I’ll fit in a minimum of 20 minutes a day until 30 June. In between I hope to find my stride with my nutrition and to keep up the minimal training I can still manage. In 40 days I want to be focused, stronger and ready to take on a big goal again.
I’m taking on 40 days of light.
Once again friends, I’d love to have you with me...what will YOU do for 40 days of light?