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40 days of light...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I set down anchor at the end of last year. Sometimes it’s actually ok to stand still on your journey, as long as you don’t drift. Drop anchor and just stay where you really helps to sometimes clear the head from constant goal-seeking we get into with our journeys. For 4 months I stood still and I really enjoyed it.

I stayed active, keep an eye on my nutrition and everything was just great. I knew I still had to lose more weight to get to my goal weight but the pressure was off for a bit. But then something slipped and now I’m drifting, loose from my anchor. This is not good, the kg’s are creeping back and I’m feeling unfocused. It’s a struggle to get back on track suddenly.

I can wail about the things that have caused this – the chronic ITB that has all but stopped me from pursuing my running goals, the stress at work and home, the interference from hard partying friends who just never gain weight...but it’s all just blah, blah, blah.

So I decided to go back to where it started, back to SP and my support system and the inspiring WAYMO group.

To help me get focused and working towards a goal again, I’ve decided to introduce a personal challenge. With a visualisation technique I’m picturing a guiding light over my goal...which is to lose the last bit of weight and get me to that number I haven’t seen in years. For 40 days, I will pursue an activity that has meaning for me, will get me balanced again and give me results that I can measure. The idea is that I need to follow the “light”, not the one at the end of the tunnel, the guiding one that shines over my goal.

As my first day back and because I just love to have company I’m inviting you to join me. Pick a goal that appeals to you right now, wherever you are on your journey. Decide on the activity that you need to practice every day for the next 40 days that will get to that goal. And then just do it...follow the light, do what you need to do and keep it up for 40 days.

My activity of choice is yoga. The yoga is helping me to get over the ITB injury as well as building strength, flexibility and balance to make me a better runner. I’ve already done today’s yoga workout and I’ll fit in a minimum of 20 minutes a day until 30 June. In between I hope to find my stride with my nutrition and to keep up the minimal training I can still manage. In 40 days I want to be focused, stronger and ready to take on a big goal again.

I’m taking on 40 days of light.

Once again friends, I’d love to have you with me...what will YOU do for 40 days of light?
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  • CARLA-216
    So good to see you back here on Spark, Carol!

    I think for my 40 days of light I shall choose to EAT MINDFULLY. Really stopping to think before I eat, particularly if it is between mealtimes.
    2586 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Carol, it's great to see you back! I liked your point about taking a pause from constant goal-chasing. I'm just trying to really focus right now on being healthy and not look at the scale...but it's hard! ;-)
    2587 days ago
    Joy is so right, I love what she says. Hope I can get there too.
    ITB has been biting me in the heel lately too, causing Plantar Faschitis, and it HURTS. I am starning again though, running 1.6km. Thank you lots of physio. At least I can walk again.
    I am so going to enjoy reading your blogs again.
    2587 days ago
    Good for you!
    I really hope your ITB heals up quickly.

    I've already been guided by my "light" for 22 days so far - back on track since May 1. Tracking 100% and ensuring a daily deficit and it's starting to pay off for me...
    I'm planning to continue through June, July and August.
    Still on 5Ks 3 x a week. Disappointed in myself that I had to start over from scratch again....but at least I am doing it now.

    Are you doing the Walk the Talk? What about us doing the 15K together????
    2588 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    I'm going to focus for 40 days - need to get serious again and also learn to take some down-time to let the body recover. I've had a week off, lots of relaxation, healthy food choices and laughter and haven't put on a gramme - time to learn from this, I think!

    I will continue to do some form of enjoyable fitness related routine every day and the emphasis is going to be on enjoyable. The more I enjoy myself, the better I seem to do.

    As you know - I am delighted to see you here :D

    PS Until this past week, I have written in my WAYMO journal to keep track of activities, special events and some form of nutrition accountability altho I quit calorie tracking about a month ago (hehehe!)
    2588 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/22/2011 2:49:05 PM
    Carol, It made my day to see you posting again!! No need for me to set new goals; have them, they fit my life and my challenge is to stick with them through the summers traveling and time with family and friends. It's when I'm out of my space that I have less control. My goal is to stay on track as it's worth the effort; beats having to get back on track! Been there, done that; tooooooo many times in the PAST. It does sometimes make others uncomfortable; I can't let that be my problem. Follow that light! Joy
    2588 days ago
    First, let me say, I am so so so glad to see you back! You have been an inspiration to me! I am with you!

    I am going to have two missions! ONE will be to do some form of exercise daily, even if it is just a dog walk. SECOND, I will drink my water daily! I really am bad at that and need to get better!

    Lets do this together! :)
    2588 days ago
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