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Guaranteed Way to Stop a Bummer of a Day in its Tracks: Set a Goal!

Thursday, January 05, 2012

So, today started out on a couple of bummer notes:

- Thursdays are my weigh days (I do it once a week at the gym, while in my weight loss mode), and today I showed a gain for the first time since September. It's not much, and obviously due to the amount of pizzelles and kolacki I ate over the holidays, but still - a slight bummer, considering I'd been on such a roll (even through Thanksgiving!).

- I had to stop my run short - after about 1.5 miles - and walk the rest of the way, because I just felt tired (and a little dizzy, thanks to fluid in my middle ear). I spent about a half mile of the walk beating myself up over "quitting," until my husband talked some sense into me (thanks, dude!).

I got home from the gym and run and felt bummed - I know the above situations were somewhat out of my control, but I still felt like I had failed somehow. Then I checked out my to-do list for the day, and remembered that I needed to register for my next running race today, to avoid a registration price increase (deep down, I am a frugal person, honest).

So, I'm all registered for the Kenosha Half Marathon on May 5, and feeling a lot less bummed!

The secret? Something to look forward to, plan and train for - I don't really have the time and energy to stay bummed, because now I'm busy building myself a training schedule, and booking a hotel, and getting excited about the race (okay, and about the post-race tour of the Jelly Belly warehouse, just 7 miles away emoticon).

Now I have a goal. I will remain focused on that goal, while also looking at what I can do each day to get there and be successful.

I recommend this approach to anyone currently experiencing a bummer day/week/whatever - what goal can you set for yourself RIGHT NOW, that you can retrain your focus on, and re-channel the negative energy towards? It can be a race, a vacation, a family get-together, a fitness test, whatever.

Set a goal!
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