Getting back on the horse

About two weeks I publicly announced that I need to get my Sh*t together and back into taking care of myself physically and mentally. Oh yeah, and train for this marathon that I have coming up. So here’s your biweekly update on how I’m doing:

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Week 1 back: Did not go so hot. Getting back in a groove is HARD. I managed 2 runs, 6.5 miles on Monday, 4.6 on Tuesday and a Bodyweight circuit on Wednesday. Then I pooped out the rest of the week. My body was not loving me and I didn’t manage to get my long run in.

Week 2: MUCH better. Tuesday spinning, Wednesday 8 miles and bodyweight circuit. Thursday full body work out, Friday mobility and core, Saturday long run of 13miles.

The one part that really gets to me is that I keep thinking about the “used to’s” I used to run 7 miles in 1:03, I used to be able to dumbbell row 45lbs and so on.

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Fitness is the one thing that you can work on so hard for so long and if you fall off all the progress just goes away. Sure your body might retain some of it but you have to bust some a$$ to get back all the progress you once made. I know, I’m pretty good at giving advice. I just have a hard time taking it for myself and I need to stop looking backwards and keep looking forwards.

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Two roads diverged in a wood

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

 

I want to take a break from fitness because there’s so much more to life than just working out. Well, at least for me there is. If you want to believe all the fitness bots out there, there is nothing else then please, move on. I want to talk about one of my biggest faults that I have: I get hung up on things, I let them stew inside my head and I have a hard time moving on.

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This often gets in the way of my success because I think about the “used to’s” like “I used to be able run faster,” “I used to be more well read,” etc. I also let this and negativity get in my way. For example, I literally laid in bed just now for an hour stewing over the fact that someone accused me of something I didn’t do. An hour wasted when I could have been doing something more productive like running or reading one of the many books I’ve bought recently but haven’t even cracked open yet. But I am working on this, and there are a few steps that I’ve been taking in order to move on and ultimately better myself.

  1. Practice self love.

We spend a lot of time belittling ourselves, believing that nothing we ever do is good enough. We compare our success to others success when we shouldn’t. If you’re going to compare your success to anyone, look back on where you were a year ago. Is it different? Yes? Then you have been successful on your journey. You haven’t stood still and you need to accept yourself during every step of this journey.

2. Not everyone is going to like you

OH man. I am terribly guilty of believing that everyone is going to like me. I have spent SO much of my time trying to please other people. I constantly worry about if someone likes me instead of working on and enjoying the relationships that are right in front of me. Instead, I try to do everything in my power to make the one singular person try to be my friend. IT’S JUST NOT POSSIBLY. Everyone has a different cup of tea and you may not be it for one person.

3. Don’t be afraid of starting over.

I have constantly made excuses for why I can’t start over with something new. It’s usually because change is freaking scary. For me, what I have right now is comfortable and notknowing what is to come is terrifying for me. I’m sure there are those of you out there that are the same. But sometimes change is for the better. Not starting over may mean you’re stagnant for the rest of your life and to me, that’s even more terrifying. So I’m slowly opening up to possibilities and the known.

Sitting here writing this has made me realize that I still have a lot of things to work on when it comes to getting out of my head and trying to control things I can’t control. But I can’t let my faults keep me from growing and you shouldn’t either.

Where’d ya go? I miss you so

Well world, it’s been awhile.

Yesterday morning I posted on instagram how I’ve kind of fallen off when it comes to fitness. Well, not fitness all together. Just my own. It’s funny how even though I work full time in this industry, my own fitness has taken a back seat. But I can’t just blame my job. It’s me. I’ve let other things lately take priority.

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For one, my fairly new relationship. What’s that saying? Oh yeah, fat and happy. While I
would never describe myself or anyone as fat, I’ve definitely become pleasantly plump over the past 8 months. Eating out and sleeping in have taken over. But on top of that I’ve been helping him with a huge project that I thought I’d share a little bit with you.
So about a year and half ago my boyfriend bought this house that needed a ton of work and he’s been working on it for awhile now. Being the Fixer Upper/Joanna Gaines obsessed person that I am, I was immediately intrigued. Now, I don’t egret offering to help because it’s really made us closer, but I won’t lie, it takes up a lot of my free time lately. Which means when weekends once meant long runs, it means long days painting now.
I also think that last year I might have worn myself out a bit with how many races I did. You know, 6 half marathons, 2 full marathons, 1 olympic tri, 2 sprint tris and 1 attempt at a half ironman might have been a bit over doing it for me. All the while starting a new job and getting 2 promotions. This year is more than half over and all I’ve done are 3 half marathons and one 10k.  I do have one full marathon planned for this year, but to be honest my commitment to training has been less than stellar.
So I thought I would come back here and document my come back. Starting today. This week I will get back on this fitness horse. Stop eating like crap and start taking my health serious again. You heard it here folks. It’s going to be an uphill battle but I’m open to the challenge.Christine_8.13.17-68
PS: I also commit to updating this blog again at least once a week. So stay tuned!!!