Making the decision

I used to think that thin women had it made. I used to think they just jumped out of bed looking great and no matter what they ate, they would always be thin. Then a few years ago, I joined a gym and it didn’t take long for me to realize, thin women are thin because they work at it. Hurray!! It was so freeing to know that I wasn’t left out of some exclusive thin club – if they could work out and look good, so could I! But when I worked out for weight loss, it felt like drudgery. It was hard and torturous and I never got the results I was looking for (40 pounds lost in 3 months). So I got discouraged and stopped going to the gym. Can you say all-or-nothing???
I have always aspired to be a runner. Runners to me are just awesome. Continuously running all that time without stopping – wow! And lately I have been running a bit – a very little bit, but still running. However in the last few days I have lost my running mojo – that thing that gets me excited to run every day. I thought that to be a real runner, (here comes my all-or-nothingness again) one had to start running and run for 3 miles without stopping or walking. I also believed that most runners just jumped out of bed at 6am and were totally thrilled about running. A natural gift, I assumed.

I now know the error of my ways.
And I know God is giving me a little mojo help.

I checked out several articles on the Runner’s World website where celebrities were interviewed about their running. Come to find out, most of these celebrities had to make the decision every day to run. They had to work at finding time to run and had to give themselves incentives to run everyday or several times a week. And some of them admitted to being slow (that did my heart good, I tell ya!) and taking lots of walking breaks during their runs. Whodathunkit? You mean I can still be a runner if I walk a little too?

And then I checked out Tigerlilly‘s post today and guess what it’s about – DETERMINATION. Making the decision EVERY DAY to do this thing. She’s a peach!And Laura gave me some wise words as well – go check out my previous post for her comments. Perseverance was one word that stuck out to me, as well as the idea of being consistent over time – not just looking for one single prize.

So, I guess that fighting my battle means making the decision everyday to fight – to fight the urge to put it off, fight the excuses that seem so important, fight the LazyGirl living inside me. To be determined to fight and persevere – EVERY DAY. Even if I don’t run everyday, I can still feel like a runner everyday. I can feel healthy and alive and vibrant and beautiful with or with out weight loss, because running does that for me. But I can only feel that way if I don’t give up.

Why, hello Mojo!

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  One thought on “Making the decision

  1. January 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I’ve been sitting on the couch off and on for over 11 years and I haven’t been able to get where I want to be. So I now know that it is all the little things that I do that add up and help me reach goals.

    I hope you get your running mojo back.

  2. lme
    January 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I think it comes down to sticking to your guns each time you plan to workout (and this from the woman who has not been back to the gym since before Christmas, but!).

    On Monday I had a hair-raisingly crazy day at work that was nonstop go go go. A 7:30 pm beginning yoga class that’s downtown and across town from where I work, that’s over at 9:00 pm add another 45 minutes to that to get changed and get the subway home, was most unappealing.

    I wanted to go home and plant my butt on the couch and drool while watching Forensic Files or something.

    I made myself go, and after class, I felt so much better and so relaxed after being in high stress all day.

    I’ve heard some people use the following reasoning about running/gym going, which is, they’ll say, I’ll go for 10 minutes. If I want to stop after that, I will. But 10 minutes is long enough for the endorphins to kick in, so they keep going.

  3. January 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    You are travelling down a brand new road, woman– you might just make it to Successville before you know it! You are right where I was last spring about running– keep reading and learning. And keep running; little by little it will all add up. One thing that helped me a ton was having a training plan like c25k and then later training for a 5k. It was the PLAN, the sheet of paper in my purse that I got to put a check mark on each day when I completed my planned run. That helped me progress with running more than anything else.

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