Reality Check

The worst words to utter are: “what might have been”. I heard that this morning, and it got me thinking…how many of us go through life wishing for something but not having the cojones to go for it? Lots of us, I’m sure. Me obviously. But here’s the great thing – we do have time. It’s not too late to make that dream a reality. I want to get to the end of this year and feel proud and strong.

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Now might be a good time for a reality check:

  • Last week I got in 2 boot camp workouts and 1 run. Total mileage for the week/year: 2.5/8. Not an awful start, but not quite what I planned either. Hey it’s something! At least I’ve started. And I haven’t quit either.
  • I’ve completed 3 weeks of boot camp and the exercises have gotten much easier. I’m getting stronger and that will help make my runs easier too. Win-win.
  • I’ve got to give myself a break. I mean, be kinder to myself. I get so discouraged every time I fall short of my goal instead of picking myself up and going back for it. Continuing to berate myself for every misstep is a surefire way to make me want to give up with the quickness. My inner couch potato has a mean streak.
  • This journey is for 12 months life. It’s not supposed to be easy (in the beginning anyway). Bobby used to tell me (back when we were dating) that we were in a marathon, not a sprint. There are going to be ups and downs. I’m not supposed to breeze through this. This is supposed to be challenging. It’s going to take time for me to figure out the balance between work, exercise, and my couch. Patience, my pet. Patience. You can’t undo years lounging on the couch in a couple of weeks.

Today was a low motivation day. I had some serious procrastination happening. My plan was to go to the gym then do some grocery shopping. And I talked myself right out of that by vowing to do a boot camp at home instead. It took me a while to get out there, but I did it. And that’s how it will need to be done sometimes. And maybe that will get easier too. I certainly hope so. I can’t wait for the day that it becomes nonnegotiable – a complete certainty – in my head.

So the plan for the rest of the week is this:

Monday – boot camp week 3/day 3. Check! Booya!!

Tuesday – 2 mile run

Wednesday – boot camp week 4/day 1

Thursday – 2.5 mile run

Friday – rest

Saturday – 2.5 mile run + boot camp/strength

Sunday – 30-35 min easy run or cross train

go do

Doing, not trying,

Karen

2 thoughts on “Reality Check

  1. Let me start this by saying, good for you getting up and doing anything Sat morning after our dinner! I made it to work and three, yes three people commented on how I looked and asked what I did the night before. That’s how much that good time showed up on my face! Having been given the choice I would’ve stayed right in my bed, and even having worked all day, I DID NOT then take a hike or work out or do anything for my health that day. So, congrats on seeing that intention of working out through. But like we discussed Friday night, surrounded by 80’s video games and overpriced drinks, while being ensconsed in the alluring odor of brussel sprouts, our real challenge lies in changing our thinking and expectations of ourselves. Your great accomplishment this month is not all your workouts (as focused as they are) or the creation of your blog (a goal I know you’ve had for some time, and alone should be congratulated), but your courage in being painfully honest in your confessionals and sharing it with us. Putting your insecurities in type and allowing us to read them and possibly judge you (which is not happening by the by) is by far the bravest and most important thing you’ve done in January. Starting with the hard look in the mirror and getting used to showing others a glimpse of that reflection is just as vital to your plan of changing this year working as each and every workout you get in. So remember to count the revelations as well as the miles my friend. Every step counts, including the ones that don’t show up on your pedometer. Love you, keep up all the amazing and inspiring moments 🙂

    • Thank you! Just today I told Bobby that maybe I’m putting too much of my insecurities out there for the world (or just Kerri) to see. Thanks for not judging. You kick ass my friend and I thank you for your support.

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