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Achieving IS about consistency but I feel Blah!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I notice a pattern whenever I reach a goal (like complete a race or buy some gorgeous new clothes as a reward): I slip with food and exercise for a while.

This year I am training for my first 10km race and sadly I twisted my ankle in June (winter in Australia) and was just about ready to run again when I slipped on some snow in July (of course, the same ankle!).
I have fully recovered now but it took a while!

Simultaneously, I stopped utilising my YMCA membership just when I moved up a fitness notch AND began a new plan AND was seeing results in gaining both muscle and confidence.
SO the reason I stopped the strength training is I lost my license (ahem!) for 3 months due to driving and talking on my mobile phone as a policeman cruised next to me for an entire block!

I have learned my lesson, and I have actually enjoyed the challenge of taking care of my family using my legs, my bicycle and the awesome Tram & Train system here. For example, my Wednesday training run is to the local Farmers Market to get our organic fruit & veggies that I can afford because we grow lots of our own.
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So I am now 5 only weeks away from my race, and excited, but have hit the doldrums this week. Might be the change of season but who knows?
Last week I had a cold and did not run at all (I did walk a few times though) and this week I just don't care or something.
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What is going on here?

I read Nancy Howard's blog this morning "The Art of Recovery", about runners and the need for rest, and she describes me to a T : moody, tired, I am so tired when I wake up even though I have good sleep habits now-a-days! SO maybe I just needed to rest?

I feel really motivated from reading a Brian Willis quote in sparkfriend Juliabelanger blog:
"WIN: What is Important NOW. Who do I want to be today?"

Today I get past this Blah and today I WANT to be a runner - so I run!
Just a short run, just to blow the cobwebs out of my blah brain.

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My 6 word mantra today: "I run, it gets me energised!"

My first 8 km race, the Mothers Day Classic May 8 2011:

I did it! I can do 10 km too!!!!
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  • TEMPEST272002
    I have that same pattern. I'm starting to see it as a natural part of the process. We put so much into meeting our goals. It's not reasonable to think we can go 100% all of time. I'm There is a place for rest. I just finished a planned rest week. It was surprisingly difficult to not exercise & I was chomping at the bit to get back to it. When I started up with my workout this week, I was surprised to find myself stronger than when I left off.

    Maybe a 3 or 4 day planned rest might be what you need - or maybe you just need to push through. Listen to your gut - what does it say?
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    2377 days ago
    Honey you are amazing! The ups and downs are's the ebb and flow of life. You are going to rock that 10km!
    2377 days ago
    I do the same thing. I get to a goal and then I seem to disappear from my exercise and eating habits for a few weeks until I find another goal.

    I'm glad you rested and feel better - take care of yoursel.
    2377 days ago
  • APED7969
    I'm running a 10km on sunday. I'm also hoping it doesn't make me slip much since I'm off for a holiday the next weekend. I also find I slack after reaching a goal. I think it's important to have rest time, that sure seems to help. Good luck with your training! You can do it!
    2377 days ago
    You can totally do this! Perhaps you are right and simply need a little reboot! We can't go all super hero all the time... or can we? Let me know when you figure it out... ;)

    I couldn't help but chuckle at your comment about losing your licence because the officer followed you for a block before you realized he was there... too funny! Although... I get the seriousness of the law.

    Anywho... I hear ya! My momentum has fizzled somewhat too... and I am working desperately hard to get it back... and I am definitely making progress! Because remember... one of our favorite mantra's... PRACTICE MAKES PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION baby!

    You know this! You also know you are just 'temporarily' struggling! And... You will get it back! That fitness life mojo we all so desire!

    Hang in there!

    Love your new mantra too!
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    Comment edited on: 10/19/2011 1:09:17 AM
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