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On running...sometimes.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I was able to get myself up and running today - literally - which is something I don't always manage to do. It occurred to me a couple weeks back that the practice of being physically active first thing (or close to it) would help set the tone for my day.

My running is really more of a walk/jog thing that I do on the wrap-around cement balcony of my apartment building. I warm up by doing all 4 floors twice, and then I jog a length and walk back, on all 4 levels, a few times. At this point I'm doing more walking than jogging, and each burst of jogging lasts about 30 seconds.

Do I have a mileage or time goal? Not really, at least at this point. For right now it's all about process, rather than destination. The goal isn't to make a certain number of miles, or do it in a certain amount of time, but rather to be willing to try something that is a little difficult for me, and to challenge the habit of sitting most of my day.

I've been more "gung-ho" than this. I've been more physically active, logged more miles, lost more weight...and then gained it all back, and then some, when something came along to discourage me or distract me in some area of my life.

I don't want to ride that discouragement roller-coaster anymore. So I'm trying a different approach, taking things slowly, seeing how I feel. Refraining from the all-or-nothing perspective that requires me to achieve every single goal and objective I set for myself, at the time that I said I'd achieve it, or else I'm a "failure."

This journey has been exactly that. I've sometimes had to regroup, and even circle back, to figure out what it is that I want, and what works for me versus what doesn't. I think and plan, then if it doesn't happen the way I planned, I re-think and re-set my goals and then re-plan, until what I'm doing feels like it fits.

By doing this in my academics, I've managed to maintain what I believe is an A average this semester. I've done this with my finances and my personal organization, and have seen overall improvements (not perfection) that I wouldn't have seen if I'd stayed on the roller-coaster of striving for perfection, giving up because I can't attain it, and then beating myself up for giving up.

Allowing myself to make mistakes, not hit my goals right away and have to pick myself up has worked to help me be farther down the road toward overall wellness than the roller coaster ever did. My belief is that this same process will help me to slowly develop the character I need to eventually be living in a healthy body, with a healthy mind, and robust finances.

So, I guess I'll go on running...sometimes. And sometimes I'll walk. Eventually I'll get there.
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    Thanks for your encouragement, everyone!!

    I have to say, I can use it today. Ironically, NOT in the weight loss department, but in the academic department. Problems with ADD, anxiety & avoidance kicked in at just the wrong time, & I've been struggling to stay on task this past week plus. I have a lot of major events coming up, things due, etc., so I've been trying to get as much done as possible over break. However, my anxiety shot up so quickly, and without warning this evening. I literally could not sit still to do any studying or completing assignments.

    So I took one of my runs to burn off enough nervous energy to be able to eat without puking (can we say, "anxiety disorder"?? I mean that literally.). I'm feeling a little better. The run took the edge off, so hopefully I'll be able to concentrate on getting SOMETHING done tonight, and maybe even sleep.

    If this keeps up, and I have to run just to keep my sanity and be able to eat, someone will need to buy me suspenders to keep my pants up, because I'm NOT going to run while holding my pants. That's just unattractive.

    2212 days ago
    This is awesome! You have such a great attitude! I think you will have great success with this approach.
    2217 days ago
    YAY!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading this blog post!!! You sound like you are doing fantastic! I love your attitude.....you really seem like you're in a great place right now! And an A average this semester?! HOLY CRAP!!!!! That is awesome!!! I'm so proud of you!!!!
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    ~ Christa
    2218 days ago
    Kudos to you! I don't know if you've heard of C25, but that's pretty much exactly how they do it "walk, jog, walk" intervals to build up your endurance.

    so again, Kudos to you!!
    2218 days ago
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