We are our worst critics. I know this to be true. However, the camera doesn’t lie. Photos taken of me before last nights dinner dance brilliantly show the bits of dark chocolate I’ve reached for during the work day in the past many months. The revelation stared me in the eye as I developed the images. It’s now clear: I’m getting fat in my down time.
And it’s not just in my face. I’ve been noticing it around my mid-section and chest as well. Even worse, I can FEEL IT. The sluggish, heavy sludge does not feel good day in and day out.
Well, I refuse to sit idly by and let that happen. It’s time to take action. I may not be able to run right now, but there are plenty of things that I can do which I am not.
- I can go for short walks now. I walked a mile during my lunch on Tuesday and my foot seemed to tolerate it okay.
- I can peddle on the spin cycles at the gym. I tried this a few weeks ago and found that as long as I didn’t do standing climbs, but stayed down in saddle, I was okay. Of course I only did 30 minutes but it’s been a couple of weeks.
- There’s no reason I can’t do weights.
- I can stop reaching for the salty chips and sweets.
- I can ask for your support and encouragement. I NEED IT.
When I first started this blog, it was shortly after reading an article posted in Runner’s World on runners getting support and encouragement from perfect strangers through blogging. Being in the middle of my quest for Boston qualification, I decided to join the rage and was thrilled to find that it was 110% true. I can’t say that I currently feel the support I felt back then. Then again, I’m not running for Boston qualification. I’m not even running.
Please know, however, that I do still need your support and encouragement. It’s the same with you, I am sure. So, I am asking you to please leave a comment now and again to encourage and motivate me. In turn, I will do my best to motivate and encourage you by getting back in the game (writing and activity wise). With any luck, I even start running again. Lord knows, I sure would love that.
You are right, you ARE your worst critic. Nonetheless, this is inspirational. I think I need to go in that direction too.
Bill Reisinger says
It will be a pleasure to encourage you to shed those extra lbs.
I have been using this app: MyFitnessPal
Keeping track of my meals and exercise for this past month shows a reduction of 4.5 lbs.
Vince A. says
Courtesy of George Sheehan: “For “For every runner who tours the world running marathons, there are thousands who run to hear the leaves and listen to the rain and look to the day when it is suddenly as easy as a bird in flight. Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be.”
Jennifer Henson says
You can do this-you’ve worked your way through other tough events! I, too, put on the pounds when I got injured. I totally understand! I have been using myfitness pal, as well. It helps tremendously for me to keep an eye on where my calories go! I have also lost some weight! Not where I want to be, yet, but closer.
Jon (was) in Michigan says
I’m still trying to understand why such a nice person would go around blaming chocolate for anything bad. Chocolate is our friend. :)
Try to hang in there, Juls. :)
Chip Cheeks didn’t have the same sort of ring to it. Indeed, chocolate (particularly DARK CHOCOLATE) is our friend.
we’re here for you juls, just as you are always here for us. putting my poor choices for food aside as well. :)
You can do it Juls!! Downtime is hard because we get used to the caloric intake of an athlete but you will adjust and then you will be back in action and you will feel great!
I have complete faith that you will find your way to less chippy cheeks if that’s a destination you have set your sights on…just remember to be gentle with yourself while on the journey…:)
Judy d. says
Love this post and the encouraging comments that follow. I
agree with you. As human beings, pat in the back & motivation is
sometimes what it takes to get moving. Since most of us are in same boat. You
seem to be a committed and disciplined person and there is no doubt you’ll get past the mole hill ????