Ugh. I hate to even say that word, but there it is in black and white. Laiiizzzeee.
Since i’ve been feeling a little down about the amount of running i’ve done lately, I decided to motivate myself to keep my chin up by writing a post that encompasses all that i’ve accomplished since beginning to jog. Right from the very beginning.
From the very beginning of 2010 anyways. Otherwise you’d have to listen to how, in highschool, I used to sprint 200 meters and then hide behind the school, puking my guts out.
In January I made a few New Years’ Resolutions, including losing weight. I was content in the knowledge that I had my own home, a car, a garage to put said car into each night, and food on the table (even if sometimes it was on someone else’s table and I was just mooching), but desperately wanted another 10 pounds gone.
I managed to actually GAIN weight. This should be disappointing, but it isn’t. I now have far more muscle mass than I did at the beginning of the year, and far better cardiovascular endurance. The thought of weight loss is diminished in comparison to these great accomplishments. Being able to say “I Run” is a great accomplishment for me. I can run almost 5k without having to walk. And you’d better believe to me that means “I Run”. I can breathe without gasping for air while I exercise. I can do more, endure more, and deal with stress far easier than ever before in. my. life. Running has given me back the confidence I lost in 2009; it has helped me become focused on the things I want out of life and going after them. It has motivated me to be better and, believe it or not, to be nicer. More compassionate. Wow. Yes, it’s done a lot for me.
This year, my exercise and diet-related New Years’ Resolutions are:
1) Eat better.
2) Continue running.
3) Lose weight.
In my humble opinion, Eat Better + Continue Running should = Lose Weight. I hope to cut back on the weekend bingeing, to continue running and will be attending Boot Camp twice a week for the month of January.
I came across this great quote while surfing the net about a month ago “If you think you are down on your luck, check the level of your effort” and I don’t think anyone could say anything that could ring more true. Luck doesn’t always come by chance. Sometimes, you have to make your own luck.
In conclusion, note to self: Nothing can be accomplished without even a minute amount of effort. Oh, you’re feeling lazy? Enjoy, ’cause January’s gonna kick your ass honey.