Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments – Jim Rohn
There is always an excuse… - John Parker
June 27, 2011
Nothing is changing because I have changed nothing. Yes, I run & run & run but that is nothing new. I still suck at strength training, cross training, and good nutrition. I suck at it because I choose to suck at it. I have LOTS of excuses!
Excuses for strength training: “There is not enough time before work to run and strength train”. “I’m too tired after work to do anything”.
Cross training: “I just want to sleep that extra hour instead of getting up to cross train”. “I’m too tired after work to do anything”.
Good Nutrition: Good Grief – I deal with people’s diets 40 -45 hours a week, I really don’t want to deal with mine thank you very much. Cooking is messy – it creates more work than it is worth. It’s so easy to order take out & have Danny pick it up. I do love my Mike’s lemonade after work & no, I will not give that up. It takes too long to sit & plan menus & grocery lists, etc. Yawn – boring too. I don’t make enough money to hire a cook, damn it!
I still have a messy house (I don’t think I have cleaned it since Gail & Mark came to visit), I still eat takeout way too much, I still don’t have any cute clothes cause I hate shopping, I still haven’t gone to the grocery store cause I hate shopping and making out a grocery list. I haven’t done anything to change my negative behaviors. Yes, I am a very naughty girl.
So every evening I come home from work about 5:30 pm. Sit in my nice comfy chair (or by the pool) with an icy cold LITE Mike’s lemonade and discuss where we are buying supper for the evening with Danny. “Pizza? BBQ? How ‘bout Chinese tonight? We could go to Fox’s & get some po-boys. I’m really craving those fries & gravy”.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday Morning I get up at the crack of dawn to run. It takes a lot to keep me from running. I will run on the treadmill if I need to get my run in. But cross training be damn. I will float on a raft in the pool for an hour instead of swimming laps. I will sit and watch endless evening TV instead of riding my bike on a trainer while watching endless TV. I skip over my core & hip flexors exercises and then moan & groan about how my lower back hurts at times. My arms wave in the air like dumbo’s ears cause I will not do a few strength training exercises to improve my muscle mass.
I recognize I have a problem. I recognize that I need to choose what I will do about it. I know that by doing nothing different I will change nothing & I will not accomplish my goals.
This leads me to discipline… setting goals means being discipline in the actions it takes to accomplish the goals.
I asked my Sparky Marathoners, Spark in the Dark, and Road Runners spark buddies to let me know their definition of discipline. Pretty much across the board it is taking action to achieve the goals you want.
July 20, 2011
I am happy to say that I finally made the choice to clean up my act. After writing out my frustrations on June 27th, I wrote down some goals.
1. I HAVE A CLEAN HOUSE – on the Fourth of July weekend I started cleaning, cleaning, and cleaning some more. Once I got started, my husband & daughter pitched in. Before you know it, the house was neat & clean. All those naughty little spider webs were GONE!
2. I have gone swimming 3 times for cross-training. It is a start for me. There is something very relaxing about doing the freestyle & back stroke over & over again.
3. I have added one strength training session to my training schedule.
4. As of July 17th, I gave up my Mike’s Lemonade & other alcohol. Doing this turn my focus over to better nutrition. I haven’t had a Lay’s potato chip (which I normally eat while drinking the Mike’s) since July 17th either. People, that is progress! Let the Streak continue.
My marathon training is going well. As of today I have ran 707 miles this year. I will be ghost running for DeeJ with the HTC gang in late August. I will run the St. Jude Marathon in early December. Then I will meet up with some of my favorite sparkers to run the Goofy in early January. I am not training for any PRs this year. I’m just training for the distance. I hope to return back to New Orleans in early March to attempt a new half marathon PR.
My new mantra: Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments – Jim Rohn
(There is always an excuse… - John Parker) No more excuses – Tammy Pennington
Run Strong, sparkers!