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Day 163: Keeping Commitments

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Like a lot of people (and I mean A LOT) I'm a huge fan of Mr. On2Victory. That guy? Man, if I could just take two ounces of his strength and perseverence I think I'd be able to accomplish so much!

In any event not too long ago he posted a blog (here:
) about traveling and getting workouts in and all that stuff. However, there was an absolutely inspirational bit I found in it:

"One thing I have learned on this journey is that every time you make and keep a commitment that you make to yourself, you get stronger. If you put it off, excuse yourself from that commitment, you lose something. Do it often enough and you will no longer take yourself seriously and you lose your own self respect."

I've been meaning to blog on this quote for AGES. AGES.

Doesn't it just sum things up? I want you to think of your own journey, about those times you found yourself on a roll. When you felt like you could take down the world and reach all your goals because you just felt so consistent and so strong. Now, think of your low point, think of when you maybe only half-did your work out, or maybe indulged a bit too much. Goodness.

When I think of that quote I think of last week's 5 mile race. I think about that last 3/4 mile when we were all alone with the 5K runners having already finished and the vast majority of those ahead being 'real runners' and already completed the last switchback on the way to our finish line. I'm doing my thing, moving at an 11 minute mile pace, and I come upon some fellow runners. Then those runners start to walk. I start to try and pump myself up, but I can't find anything. I start to bargain. I eventually give in. I eventually walk, too. I wasn't tired. I wasn't beat. I wasn't even sore or hurting. I had just stopped.

The little bit of pride and respect I had could have just leaked from my bones.

The moral of this story is easy to understand: If you say 'okay' too many times to the easy road - well, it becomes so much easier to say 'no' to the hard road. It makes it simple to fall back into old habits.

I'm thinking now of how hard it was to get my momentum back, to continue running after I had walked once. I need to keep that feeling fresh because I don't want to feel that ever again.

So, I want to add something to my blog. I want to start thinking of the commitments I make to myself and I want to start considering why I keep what I do and why I break what I do. So, today, I'm going to focus on yesterday.

Yesterday's commitment was to eat between 1200 and 1300 calories, go to the gym, and to be attentive of my activity as tracked by my Fitbit (speaking of which, I'm totally going to do a blog on why I think my Fitbit is secretly sabotaging me..)

Calories: I did amazingly well in this area. I packed my lunch, ate the dinner I had prepared earlier in the week and stuck to sensible snacks. Yesterday was the posterchild for sticking to the program.

Gym: I allowed myself to skip. I convinced myself it was too late because it was dark. I allowed thoughts of taking a 'day off' to fester.

So, today I can take pride in keeping one commitment: my calories. Now I just need to think of ways to overcome the desire to slack at the gym! I think it's really time to plan out genuine rewards to get me through until 13.1 training starts. Do you guys have any suggestions?

Commitments I make today: Calories between 1200-1300; Gym-bound at 5PM.

Let's do this!
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    Just get out my brain already! Not keeping commitments to yourself only leads to becoming a total slacker. I want to take you up on the mileage challenge but, I I am using this Hal Higginbothom (sp) training program with specific miles to track 3 times a week. Let's do a quick check in on Sunday to make sure we're getting in the planned miles. You have come so far and your ability to hone in what you need to focus on in order to get better is uncanny.

    I don't ever "reward" myself because I don't know what would feel genuinely exciting that isn't food or cost a lot of money. Maybe I can trat myself to a pair of those fancy winter running socks I keep eyeing. I keep doing a gut check and I'm just not sure socks are going to do it for me when it's cold, or dark, or whatever else I come up with.

    Keep me posted of what you come up with. We're in this together young grasshopper!

    Wait- I got it!!!! What if you can give me a new running alter ego if I get my miles in? You're creative and I would love to tell my husband to stop calling me "Slow Motion" because an ultra elite runnung machine my new name is "insert something cool here"! Wadda ya think about that?
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    Thanks for the nudge and the reminder. Sometimes we forget that when we cheat, we are cheating ourselves most of all.

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    Comment edited on: 11/29/2012 1:54:37 PM
    I set myself silly little rewards to get myself going. Just five more push ups and you can have a cup of tea. Just 5 minutes (which usually leads to longer) and you can read a chapter of your book. Works almost all the time!
    1938 days ago
    You are a very committed person and I congratulate you for that. It is the trying that counts! emoticon
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