Blah. So here we are, thirty days later. I really thought this post was going to be sunshine and rainbows but the truth is, it's not quite what I had envisioned. The whole patina of the New Year has worn off and old habits, like ditching workouts in favour of couch time, are threatening to make a screaming comeback.
The running is not consistent at all, and I've sunk to a low of running once a week. I don't know what it is about getting off my ass and getting out there, but to me it is ridiculously difficult. It's all good after that first step and I really do enjoy the meditative aspect but how on Earth to make it happen more often? Revised goal: Just run 3x a week. Revised reward: Weight of regret on my mind will lessen. Which counts as losing weight.
Cycling got off to a good start and it's a lot of fun, but so hard to fit in the schedule. I am writing this now instead of doing my planned bike ride. Not too worried about this one though, it's just a matter of getting back into it. Tomorrow, I swear. Revised goal: Get back in the saddle, literally. Revised reward: a) Knowing my triathlon time will be faster and b) see above
The planking challenge started off so promisingly but died at day 8 also known as 60 seconds of planking-my poor little office worker abs just couldn't hack it. I still want that 5 minute plank and so it all begins again tomorrow. With a squat challenge thrown in for extra fun times! Same goal, same reward-just to be able to say I can!
The biggest success came from the grain-free/dairy-free challenge. I really can't say enough good things about how well this is working for me. My energy is through the roof (perhaps I could channel some of the new found energy into running?), the stomach issues miraculously cured after 18 years of getting progressively worse and eczema is a thing of the past, yay! The only thing I miss is beer, although it turns out wine is really not so bad.
Despite the gloom, I am optimistic about February. No reward in the world is going to motivate me-this is the one thing January has taught me. Just gotta get out there and do it knowing I will be faster, stronger and not writing any more self-loathing posts.
Next up: The best races in North America I'm not doing (and some of the ones I am doing)!