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Of course it's hard!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I've been going through my blogs over the last few months and there seems to be a running theme: I'm finding it hard to stay on track.

I've taken a moment to think about it and realised that I need to be a bit more honest with myself and a whole lot kinder- of course I'm finding things hard! I've just changed my entire lifestyle. Nothing is familiar!! Of course it's hard!!

Even though I'm living a dream, so to speak, it doesn't take away that this dream is different to the daily life that I was leading half a year ago. So, by default, it is involving a whole lot of adjustment. Nothing that I do at the moment really allows me to slip into auto-pilot (except jogging - it is now not only physical exercise, but complete stress relief, too) So, it makes sense that I'm feeling more tired and less motivated. Dreams, when they hit the earth, do involve a fair bit of hard work!

This is the state of things:

emoticon I've signed up for a half marathon in April. Training is all on track, and I just need to keep injury free, and stick to my programme. I'm excited about the race, and am glad that it is getting warmer.

emoticon I'm aiming for a 30 day yoga streak. Perhaps I need to be a bit kinder though. I'll start with a 5 day streak goal and build up from there. So far, my longest streak has been 4 days emoticon

emoticon My weight is just jumping up and down. This is because my eating habits are pretty erratic. I'm still within my 3% range, but only just. The only solution here is to start tracking again, so I'll aim for a 5 day streak here, too, ultimately building up to 30 days, but I think I need tracking to become a regular habit for me again. Tracking will help me find the routine that I need in my eating patterns and will also open my eyes to what foods have slipped into my diet that are higher in calories than I realise.

Sometimes I like to think that I'm coping marvellously with everything, when, actually I'm not. I think that may be what my roller coaster weigh-ins are trying to tell me. It's time to stop and nurse myself along a little bit more. Of course it's hard, but that doesn't mean giving up, it just means slowing down a little, becoming a little bit more patient and taking the time to get used to all this newness in my life.
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  • SHARON10002
    Your marathon training should help out with the roller coaster weight loss. Take it one day at a time. Don't worry about the streaks - you're focusing on the destination and it seems daunting. Think of it as 1 day being the completion of a streak! More positive reinforcement and your training your mind in the process. Hope this helps!
    1497 days ago
    You're doing it!
    1499 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Great blog..It is not easy and you have to keep finding ways to be successful. Hang in there. You are doing great!
    1499 days ago
    Excellent blog. There's a saying..nothing worth having is ever easy.

    I think you have a great plan as well as a great mindset! You are on your way!

    Best of luck with your training!

    1499 days ago
  • JOANNA202
    I'm right with you there on taking it for granted that a good life change will be easy. It definitely is hard, and for longer than expected so good that you're going to be kind to yourself now. Try not to worry TOO much about streaks and goals and remember that every little helps (to accidentally quote a supermarket!)

    Good luck with half marathon training!
    1499 days ago
    1499 days ago
    Well thought out -- sounds like you got a great plan!
    1499 days ago
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