Monday, October 3, 2011

Mind over Matter

How do you describe success?  Do you go by the scale, by your clothing fit, by your mood, by your ability?

The fact was 2 weeks ago I realized I was struggling. I was working out, and very happy with my efforts and abilities.  I was not so good with my food. I was eating snacks, chocolate, and just not being as good as I wanted.  So I decided to challenge myself, here is what I wrote:

“its always possible just takes motivation, determination and discipline. If all else fails challenge yourself. I have been feeling out of it for about 2 weeks. not focused like i wanted, not doing what i should but getting by. Today i signed up for the most challenging 10K in CNY. Its 13 days away and its been 21 days since i last ran. I have no choice but to eat right, i have no choice but to be Next level disciplined”

It made sense, I hate to fail.  Running in public would motivate me to get on it and get focused.  The only problem was I knew I could do it.  I knew I could run 10K I had done it before.  And that hill was not going to be as bad as the 1-20 burpee ladder we did a few weeks ago.  So late last week I set my mind to bettering my 68 minute time. 

Yesterday was the run.  It was so hilly.  My legs were so tight by mile 3, before the steep part of the hill to SUNY Oneonta.  Finally I made it to the top, having to walking only twice on that freaking hill.  I ran the rest of the way to the finish.  I wanted to stop many times but I wanted to beat my time.  Finally the finish line, those last 30 seconds I sprinted my ass off and came in at 62minutes!!  I was happy, and very tired!

The facts are:

  • I weigh the same as I did 8 weeks ago.
  • I wear the same size jeans as 8 weeks ago but they feel better
  • I am swinging a heavier KB
  • I have more energy
  • I rocked my 10k time

Does the scale matter? only if your mind lets it.  Last  year I set my mind to a goal and I did it.  That goal is not to lose weight, but to get healthy.  I have been getting healthier each day.  There are side effects to this: I have lost weight and I have gotten fit.

So has your mind set itself to a goal that matters?

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