Monday, January 20, 2014
Confession: I am just like everyone else. In fact, I am so much like everyone else that I'm going to describe a situation below and you're immediately going to start nodding in an emphatic way because you know exactly what I'm talking about.
It's a brand new day. It's the day you decided you're going to change the entire world. It'd the day you're going to try something new. It's going to be AMAZING. In fact, you go out hard and fast and you work so very hard at doing what you planned that by the end of the day you feel blissfully exhausted that you've done so much to accomplish your goals.
Then the next day comes and you attack it again - you're a little bit tired from the day before; but, through sheer strength of will and perseverance you attack your goals and accomplish everything you can - even on a half empty tank.
Three days. Four days. Maybe a week. After a few days you've exhausted your resolve. You've pushed too hard and dove too deep. Suddenly, well, you can't swim anymore. You can't do anything anymore. Suddenly, well, you just don't feel like you can get anywhere.
There are three things that make a difference when it comes to making a behavioral change stick.
First, there is the need for allies and cheer-squads. There's a need for support.
Second, there is a need for restraint. You have to be willing to play the long game.
Third, there is a need to be realistic. The goals you set must be attainable and your plans to meet them must fall under the second guide of restraint.
I went out for a run on Thursday night with the running club - after my usual three mile loop you could have easily convinced me I ran a half marathon. I was soooo sore. I was also kind of disappointed with myself for the amount of struggling I did. And then, well, I reminded myself of the above.
No, I can't go out and run three miles without a stitch of training and expect not to feel it after. No, I can't magically expect to be able to run my planned half-marathon in may without putting in the miles.
I'm easing into this. Getting back into not only the habit of blogging, tracking, and running is taking a fair amount of focus; but, that's okay. It's okay for things to be bumpy, nobody learned how to run before they learned how to walk and without a few tumbles.
Here's my question to you, Sparklers: What have you thrown yourself into only to realize you need to pull back in order to make it stick?