I woke up this morning in beautiful Philadelphia. I got to spend the night catching up with two dear friends and my son. That’s all great, but the reason I’m here is for the Love Run Half Marathon I signed up to run back in September. My first half. But life had different plans for me. I suffered a femoral stress fracture back in January and knew then I wouldn’t be able to run until May at the earliest. I could’ve cancelled the race, the hotel and the weekend. But, I had made a COMMITMENT to my friends and I am not about breaking those.
So, here I am. I am awaiting arrival of more people I talked into signing up for the race. I’ve become the cheer girl and will snap their photos as they finish. It’s truly a win win. Good friends, good times and honoring my commitment. When life hands us lemons we’ve got to push through and make lemonade.
Commitment is one of the most important things you’ll need on this journey. First, commit to yourself. You are worth it and you should not always be last on the list. Commit today to be first. I have a standing work out appointment. I will not miss this appointment, much like I would not miss work or a hair appointment. I do no less than a 30 minute workout every single day. Even injured I got it done. With this injury I did chair arm routines. Get your calendar now and block that time. Put it on your day. Even if it’s a walk with your dog for now, it’s a workout.
Next, I committed to eat better. In order to do that I have to plan. When there’s no healthy food in the house, I’m grabbing pasta or junk. Commit to plan your meals. Shop for only what you are planning and have what you need. I use my crockpot one day a week. That gets me two days of meals because leftovers can be lunch or next day’s dinner. I also use the Optifast grill which is super easy to use and clean. Grilled anything with salad gets you another easy meal. Don’t over buy food. Just what you will cook fresh.
Commit to drinking half your body weight in water daily. I still struggle with this one but have found ways to get it in. Track it to see if you meet this goal.
Last, commit to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up when you slip up. It will happen. Commit to balance. One bad day isn’t worth quitting. You are committed to this and will just start again the next day. Drink your water and start again. Last night I ate fries. The whole container. I also drank two delicious dark beers. I enjoyed every single bite. This morning I’m heading to the pool to swim laps and start a new day. I’m committed to this lifestyle, but I’m not commiting to deprivation. Live your life to the fullest. Just keep moving and eating healthy.
The accountability Facebook page is ready. We are starting this Monday. If you wish to join us, message me your Facebook email and I’ll add you in. It’s totally private and free. Enjoy the week and let me know how you’re making out.