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When life gets in the way...


Sunday, February 24, 2013

This past week has certainly been a rough one. School work and overall feeling "crappy" from a horrible cold made it difficult for me to sleep at night... I feel overwhelmed and lethargic and generally in a funk. I took one day off of my typical Mon-Wed-Fri running schedule and somehow managed to just barely finish my runs on the other two days...blah! Needless to say, I am ready for life to slow back down again.

I have found that in times like these, when even getting everything done in my day seems impossible, that often I will fall off the wagon. Instead of spiraling out of control this time around I am going to cut myself some slack. Extend forgiveness to myself that I would be more than willing to offer to anyone else. So why do I give myself such a hard time? It is one thing to have high standards (which I definitely do) and it is another thing to demand perfection. I am not sure where that proverbial line in the sand is just yet... but I do know that it is better to be realistic than to set fail, blame myself for it, and continue to go downhill because I feel guilty.

So my action plan is this: I am going to get through this funk and come out on the other side. If that means maintaining instead of losing then that is my success. I will bump up my calorie range slightly (or just allow myself some slight mental leeway) and take my work outs at a pace that feels right to my body rather than stick to my regimented plan. My second 5K is this Saturday and I plan on running it as much as possible. If it goes like I am expecting I will probably clock in around 46 minutes. However, no matter what my time, FINISHING is my real accomplishment.

And shouldn't that attitude also be applied to my weight loss? Frankly, I would rather maintain my weight a few weeks (even if that puts behind on my planned goal weight date) than give myself hell and possibly risk going completely off the deep in and continuing to spiral because I feel so bad about my choices. Just because I RUN races- does that mean my weight loss has to be one as well? I hope that by changing the way I look at success/failure I can develop a more healthy attitude that will better sustain me in the long term!

Thank you for reading my ramblings.... In a way, I use these posts to work through my own thoughts and get to the bottom of what I truly believe. I appreciate any and all comments! You help me stay on track.

One day at a time,
Elizabeth
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GOSPARK45 2/26/2013 3:35PM

    Take care of yourself. Giving yourself some slack when you are sick is only common sense. You don't want to get sicker. Nothing wrong with maintenance for a while. Soon you'll be back to being on track. As you said, take the advice you would give someone else! I don't know why we're so hard on ourselves. We need to learn to be our own best friend!
Hang in there. You're doing great!



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123ELAINE456 2/25/2013 3:06AM

  Maintaintng is much better than going backwards. Go on maintence and get yourself feeling better for a few weeks. Then decide what you want to do next. You Can Do This. We are here for You. WTG. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Great Day ans a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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KARENLEIGH32 2/24/2013 10:47PM

    Elizabeth, iy certainly helps to think out loud to others, it helps get you to the decision you need to make!

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DOVESEYES 2/24/2013 7:37PM

    I love the 'light bulb' moments we share great work.

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CHARTHESTAR 2/24/2013 5:36PM

    Maintaining is definately better than backsliding! I am writing my next blog on my 'maintaning'rut I have been in myself.

I aways like the saying:

Progress NOT Perfection! Most things don't have to be perfect to work great. Plus People don't have to be perfect to love and respect them.

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MANDELOVICH 2/24/2013 4:38PM

    Sounds like you have a very reasonable plan there. And maintaining during this time would be great! I hope you feel better.

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NMSUSTUDENT 2/24/2013 3:04PM

    Quote: "Only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."─Dag Hammarskjold

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