Starting a new streak...
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I started 2011 with high hopes and tons of motivation. I’m big on New Year’s resolutions, and was determined to actually keep mine this year. I made it about halfway through February, with a 36-day exercise streak and a 3 lb loss, before I hit the wall.
Since then, it all just fell apart. I’ve been over-scheduled and over-stressed. I feel constantly like I’m just getting through the days, without making progress toward any of my goals. I feel like I’m on the move from the moment my alarm goes off at 4:30 or 5, until I collapse in an exhausted heap at 9, and I don’t feel any further ahead of the game at the end of the day than I did at the beginning.
In addition, this ankle/knee issue has me on the sidelines, and although I’m making progress, it can’t come quickly enough. I’ve realized that I'm using my injury as an excuse to slack off, when in reality my only restriction is “stop when it hurts.”
It’s time to remind myself: Exercise is what keeps me sane. Exercise helps me sleep better. Exercise helps me focus and be my best at work and at home. Exercise helps me roll with the punches when life goes crazy.
So it’s time to start a new streak. I will focus primarily on my running goals this spring and summer, because I am determined to run that half-marathon this fall, but I will also include yoga/pilates, and circuit training as part of my routine. I'll also make more of an effort to do my physical therapy exercises, so my ankle and knee are up to speed. I’ll be doing shorter runs to start, building up mileage as my ankle gets stronger. I’m going to take it into the woods or run along my favorite dirt path at lunch, which will help me build strength and endurance without putting additional pressure on my joints.
This new plan goes into place today. As I write this, I’m on a plane heading to a conference. This time alone is going to help me focus on my goals, without the usual demands on my time from DH or DD (though I already miss them like crazy!). I’m going to return home on Friday with a 4-day exercise streak, and hopefully some new motivation and a plan to keep it going.
Edited to add: I did a quick run this afternoon, and it was great. HOT, but great. Just a couple of miles -- dodging around pedestrians, whoops! -- but everything held up.