I recently wrote a post about my struggles with my weight, with being active, with struggling to find motivation to get back in shape. I was very honest and kept it real, admitting that I need a plan. Not having a plan does not work for me. As is typical when I write a post like that, it’s mostly for me. A place to vent and just get it out of my head. But it’s also my hope that someone who is having the struggles can relate. There is power in numbers and sometimes, just knowing you are not the only one helps so much.
Since writing that post two weeks ago, I have been taking baby steps to get back to what I know works. I have been having breakfast in the mornings and I took lunch several days. I also ran 3 times last week and so far once this week. After not running regularly in a very long time, this is HUGE. Running the first day was one thing, but getting back out there again the very next day was huge. And then doing it again a third day in one week was a big deal.
As is typical for me, running 3 days last week made me want to run a 4th day. We had every intention of running last Sunday morning but after a very late night out on Saturday (with adult beverages too!) it didn’t happen. I was hard on myself about it until I remembered how active I had been during all weekend even if it wasn’t running. How I made sure to drink a lot of water. How over time those little things will add up. Celebrate those small victories because they turn into big ones down the road.
This week has been more difficult to get my runs in but I did run yesterday morning and it was a spectacular run. An easy 2.5 miles without any walk breaks and that felt amazing. And I got to watch the sun come up… Hard to beat a view like this when running.
And, to start of April on the right foot, I got another run in this morning. It was an other good one, but MAN is it humid today.
I also shared on Facebook on several evenings what I did each day. Some days I shared what I did that was good. Somedays I also shared things I didn’t do that I should have. And in keeping it real, I also shared when I ate poorly or did something I shouldn’t have. Again, more for me than anyone else. But I got quite a response from it and once again, I was reminded that even though I get so lost in my own head about what I am struggling with, I am not the only one dealing with those things.
Not every day will be perfect. Life happens. Things get in the way. Weather doesn’t cooperate. Your car breaks down. Your work schedule is off. You have a bad day. A million things can happen that will mess up your day and any intentions you have of having a “perfect” day. Doing what you can helps and goes along way to getting back to a routine.
No doubt about it, I have work to do. I probably always will. Laying around doing nothing won’t get it done. Laying around just thinking about it won’t get it done. I will take one day at a time and work my way back. I won’t give up, because I have #worktodo.
Are you struggling too? Would you like to join me and help keep each other accountable? Share this post and use the #worktodo hashtag. We might not all be facing the same battles but we can support each other along the way.