Thursday, April 7, 2011

Balancing Acts & Excuses

Yesterday I had a great run! 
It's not as much as I need to be doing for my training, but I am working on it, I will get there. 
I went 7.18 miles, but I did it in a TANK TOP! Woot and yay for spring! 


The lakes I run! This weekend will be my longer run for marathon training, I am a little behind. 

Yeah. I have had some trouble with balance lately. 

I have no excuse, I have as much time as anyone else, I have the same resources at my fingertips, the same knowledge. 
I have no excuse, but I could try and give you a few.  Here's my best shot: 

I don't LIKE the taste of plain water
I didn't have TIME to grab a healthy dinner, besides I only had McDonalds twice, I can work that off. (!!)
I can't get UP early enough to get a good run in before I start work. 
So many of my projects get interrupted because of my work, I am UNABLE to be as productive as I want. 
Healthy lifestyle bloggers aren't PERFECT, It's not a big deal. 
I will start over Tomorrow. Oops, TOMORROW. 


THE TRUTH: 

I am a big girl and I want to PRACTICE what I preach, so I need to suck it up and suck down that H2O even if I don't LIKE how it tastes. 

No time for a healthy dinner? Time to stop at a FAST crud food joint means time to stop at a grocery store. And eating McDonalds? It was THREE times, not two. Working calories off is nothing compared to how horrible it makes me FEEL and how BAD it is for me.  

I can get up early, if I have enough discipline to run a marathon, I can get up 60 minutes earlier in the day. AND my sweetheart reminded me that if I WANTED to be doing something, I would make the time for it and I would be doing it. Snap. Thanks sweets. 

We all have the same hours in the day, I can be productive: I can set a timer to move from project to project, check email and VM only at certain times of the day, I can work from a coffee shop when I need to be away from the ringing phones. Done deal. 

I don't want to be perfect, I want to feel I am at least putting a DANG good effort in and lately, the last 2-3 weeks or so has been slacksville over here.  Not perfect, just being more my true self. It IS a big deal because it's important to me and excuses are a signal it's not over working, over training or over stress. It's a motivation factor. 

For as many times as I have told you guys, we can start over NOW. Tomorrow is too far away, why put off to tomorrow what I can do now. I will not start over tomorrow, I will start over now. 


What is your favorite excuse you KNOW isn't true? What do you do to move past that?? 

3 comments:

Megan said...

My most common one is one you said, "I don't have time to...". I have 24 hrs a day, just like everyone else! It's how I use that time. With some changes at work, I've been working out over my lunch hour now, and I love it. I don't have time to do it after work, so I MADE time to do it during work!

There is almost always a solution, you just have to find the one that works best for you!

runnergirl said...

I agree that sometimes all you want to do is make excuses. I just registered for my first full marathon...mind you it is on May 1st. It's the one I have been working towards and have done most of the training that was on my schedule. I have another long run of 24 miles this weekend, not sure how that is going to get done, but one way or another it will get done. Just remember how far you have come and believe that you can do it, that's what I am trying to do right now.

Shannon said...

This could not have come at a better time, Mary. I have been a total slacker lately, diet/fitness wise. I really need to pull it together, but I've lost my discipline. I keep saying the tomorrow thing too. Thanks for the good thoughts. It's nice to think of someone else working hard to do better, too. Makes me think I can also do it.

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