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Perspective

Friday, July 26, 2013

During the first half of this week I spent at least 30% of my time trying desperately to think what I could possibly do to get some results in my arms. They're squishy, floppy and tiger-striped all in one and I was starting to get a little frantic at the fact that nothing was happening with them.
Then on Wednesday I met up with a good friend who has been on holiday for 5 weeks, and the very first words out of her mouth were "Wow, your arms are so toned!"
Duh. Of course I haven't noticed any change in my arms, I see them every day. But that doesn't mean they're not changing. I'm really looking forward to my measure-in day now!

Then there was my Thursday run. I'm trying to get faster so I'm using the C25K podcasts; when it says walk I'm going slowly and when it says run I'm pushing myself to go faster. My ipod is on shuffle too so I never know what intervals I'll get. Got to keep those muscles guessing!
Well, on Thursday I got the 'run for 10 minutes, walk for 3 minutes, run for 10 minutes' day. So not happening. The reason I'm slow is because I can't go fast for long periods of time like that. So I switched it to running slow for 10 minutes and using the 3 minutes to go fast. Or at least that was the plan. I managed a minute and a half, maybe just about 2 minutes of going faster. And then I walked until the 10-minute block of slow running started again.

I was so disappointed with myself I nearly cried. But then I remembered what happened the day before, and how a different perspective can change everything, so I decided to look at it differently. I normally just shuffle along at my snail's pace and that's fine with me. But I pushed, for at least 90 seconds. 90 whole seconds! That's 30 seconds more than I do at the gym. And 90 seconds more than I've ever tried when I'm running outside! That was awesome! AND I didn't die and managed to keep running for 10 minutes after that. I didn't fail at all; I made progress!

So I'm going away to Girls Camp again tomorrow. It's entirely possible I'll gain a bit of weight again as all menu options are "eat this one thing or be hungry". But, putting it into the right perspective, it won't matter if I do. I'm taking my running gear and resistance bands, plus some fruit and my water bottle. It isn't Fit Camp, the point isn't to lose weight, so I'm going to focus on feeling awesome for doing my best with what I'm given.
That's all I can do and I'll be proud of it!
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