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Friday, January 04, 2013

To exercise on a consistent basis takes organization and commitment to goals. I have a copy of my goals on my computer desktop, my bathroom mirror and the bulletin board in the kitchen. This way, I won't be able to conveniently forget what they are. That's how I'm working on commitment.

Organization means I schedule my week of workouts just like I schedule everything else in my life. Each day's workout is like a "race time" for my 5k. Today my race begins at 2pm. What time does your start?

Running (well, working up to running from my current jogging pace) is the part I love and hate the most. Every run is not the same. Some hurt most of the way and some don't hurt at all. Others are somewhere in between. The reminder I have though is the feeling of "starting over." I remember how the first couple months of learning to run my feet and legs felt like they were pulling through concrete and I could not visualize why I was doing it. So today I keep running on my schedule because I don't want to start over again...and because I am at the point where I can see progress in each run. Oh yes!

My commitment is to my goals, my health, my progress and the promise to myself not to have to start over again. My organization in my schedule feeds that commitment too. Being this loyal to oneself can only reap amazing rewards.

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