This morning I woke a bit stiff, but not too bad, after yesterday's workout. I was wise to limit the distance... because believe me when you're out there and feeling strong, there is this temptation to "overdo". Been there, done that. Not this time... there is this high prize... one last athletic goal. And to give myself the best shot at completing it in 2014, I have to train injury free.
I admit that my initial commitment to 100% compliance for 90 days was mainly focused on the side of nutrition. It's food that gave me the issues in 2013, not exercise. Probably because my entrenched (now) attitude toward activity is quite positive. I LIKE moving my body. But even that had its period of "burn out" and I incorporated some changing up of the activities to get me through a few months there.
Between the Governor's Cup (October) and the WHM (November), I did those swim lessons. Then in December, I dropped that like a rock, but took on more strength training. Late in December, it was my committed trial of the new Spark DVD (Coach Nicole's 28 Day Boot Camp - ad link I think is permitted here, since it's Spark sponsored: www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
), and that got me through a few weeks.
But now... now it's back to the mainstay: I have a high goal. This year. Olympic distance triathlon - 1500 meter open water swim, followed by 25 mile bike, followed by 10K run. I shall finish.
And now I am again working from the perspective of purpose-driven exercise. If you are not already a fan of ON2VICTORY, he is a great success story of Spark, and I was privileged to hang his REV3 70.3 TRI medal around his neck last August in Wisconsin Dells. Ordinary guy, just like us had to struggle with weight... building as he talked about in the blog I'm about to link, from an initial glimmer given him by a trainer... that he COULD do a 5K. www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
Now Robert has become a certified running coach, and is giving motivational classes at his local gym. I could not be prouder or more of a cheerleader for this young (to me) man.
So, yes, today is Day 24... but this is motivation for beyond the 90 days... this is the "why" to the 90 day commitment. Because there is a dream out there. That I am still chasing.
The best predictor of success, says Siebold, is the answer to the question: "What are you willing to do to achieve your goal?" If you said, "Whatever it takes", and you follow through on that? That is his predictor of success. Keep that mind frame, and keep on keeping on!
LIFE is good. I love living it fit. And we are ALL worth living it consistently, consciously, and creatively GRATEFUL for each and every day!