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Progress and Re-framing

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Admittedly, I'm supposed to be working on our taxes right now. This blog entry is providing a much needed procrastination/distraction from them. (grin)

I had a great run this morning. On Saturday mornings, I get a full hour to run whilst my boys are in orchestra. I cherish these Saturday mornings - a full hour just to myself. It's pure bliss. Anyway, while they're in orchestra rehearsal, I run/walk/waddle around the campus wall. Lots of folks run or walk around the campus wall. One time around = 1.5 miles. I go two times around, or three miles.

I have an app on my iphone to help prepare folks for a 5K run (3.1 miles). Since I don't get more than one day to run, I haven't been able to get past week 3. In week 4, I need to run 4 minutes without stopping, take a short break, then run 6 minutes without stopping. It's the 6 minute part that's difficult for me. Six full minutes of running without stopping. Parts of the run are uphill, where six minutes is more difficult. So imagine my surprise today when I not only did the full week 4, day 1 workout, but I surpassed it and did it really easily. Woo hoo! Progress! It felt incredibly great.

My energy level still isn't great. It's about 55% improved from last week. I can't wait until it's 100%. Then I'll fly around that wall (grin)!

OK, let's talk about re-framing. I'm the biggest complainer around. I complain all the time about not losing weight. Truth is, I've lost 5 lbs. since January 1st. It's been demoralizing for me to see everyone around me here on SparkPeople who start changing their habits and lose 1-2 lbs per week and look great in a mere 12 weeks. Harumpf! I work really hard and the scale doesn't move. I track everything, exercise until exhaustion and see no benefit for that effort. It's demoralizing.

Coach Nicole talks about re-framing all the time. Admittedly, I hate hearing her re-frame. I feel like, "didn't you just hear what I said? Listen to me!" But she's right. It's all in how you look at it. Last year, I gained a pound a month - while watching my food intake and exercising. So this year, even though I haven't lost as much as I'd like, not only have I lost weight, but I've stopped that 1lb/month weight gain. So if I don't lose another pound this year, I'm still 17 lbs improved over last year. Seventeen pounds - that's a lot. I'll take that!

I'm still going to work on my small steps - my current food plan (which is different from last year's effort where I gained a pound a month) and my 30 minutes/day, 5x/week running. It's what I can do. And, if something happens where I can't do that, well then, OK. I'm human. I'll try not to beat myself up too much about it.

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