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Here we go again...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A couple weeks ago, I wrote an entry on my blog (go here: hopeforgotten.blogspot.c
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) about a label that I have placed on myself. One that I have known about, but have never really fully addressed. The label is "Failure", which is something I have struggled with quite a bit on this journey.

Go, read the entry, and then come back here. I promise, it will really help with understanding how I came back onto SparkPeople.

I'll wait here.

Waiting...

Still waiting...

Yup, not going anywhere...

Done yet?

Okay!

So, here I am. And I gotta say, it really hasn't been all that easy to start this thing up again.

The Monday following that blog post, I went to my old water aerobics class. For the first time in months. After that, I didn't do anything active again until Wednesday of this week, when I went to water aerobics again.

Monday, I had difficulty getting up. Tuesday I was up in the middle of the night with wicked stomach problems that lasted for far too long. I was still feeling pretty nasty for the majority of the day, so I decided to bag exercising. That, and Tuesday is just one of those days where if it's not done in the morning before the rest of my day starts, it's not going to get done at all.

So, Wednesday it was. And yes, it was a struggle to get up Wednesday morning. Thursday I didn't get up, but I went with another friend of mine for a walk later in the day. WIth her two kids.

Pushing them in a stroller.

Uphill.

They weigh over 60 pounds, combined.

Did I mention we took turns pushing them in a stroller?

Uphill?

And they weigh over 60 pounds?

I tell you what. You ever want endurance or strength training combined with cardio? Push a couple of kids around in a stroller and throw in a couple of hills.

I have a new appreciation for the people with strollers at Bloomsday.

I still don't like them because they can be very pushy and try to run you over when you're walking/running, but I have a new appreciation for them.

Friday was back to water aerobics.

And today (after visiting a new bakery that opened up here) was my first official day of the couch to 5K (C25K) training with one of my running buddies.

Both calves cramped up (one worse than the other), and my knee was acting up, but I made it! And it actually wasn't all that bad.

But the thing that I wanted to talk about briefly was what happened yesterday morning.

My alarm went off at 5AM, just like I had set it for (what a good little alarm!). My bed was incredibly warm and cozy. I flat-out did not want to leave it. But there were three things that made me get out of bed.

1) There is a gal in my water aerobics class who also happens to be in my small group on Tuesday nights. I gave her permission last Tuesday to hassle me if I was not at water aerobics on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Unless I told her specifically beforehand that I was going to be gone.

2) I had packed my gym bag the night before and had pretty much everything ready to go. I just needed to change into my swimsuit.

And finally (the real reason):
3) The thought dawned on me that even though I did not start out the week very strong, I could end it on a strong note. And by doing so, I would not be living down to the label of "Failure" that I had given myself. I would actually be living up to the name of "Success" that I am trying to strive for.

And that, my friends was worth rolling out of my bed for.

The encouraging thing? You can do the same. So your day doesn't start out that strong. You can make a better choice right here, right now, to do something that will redeem the day.

So your week didn't start out that strong. Same deal, end it on a high note.

So your month didn't start out that strong. Know what? October isn't over yet! You can definitely end it on a higher note.

So your year didn't start out strong. Guess what?! Still two more months. You can begin redeeming the year right now.

What's holding you back?
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  • VONBLACKBIRD
    Sounds like you have made a good plan and even setting goals..and yes the battle sometimes is in your mind...keep going!!!
    2677 days ago
  • TURTLEWINSRACE
    Great job on going to the water aerobics even though you didn't feel like it!

    Jeff Galloway has a great half marathon training plan. I'm not sure which one you're using, but RunDisney has some sort of partnership with him. I've done two half marathons; half the battle is truly the battle within your mind.
    2678 days ago
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