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Keep Your Eye On The Prize

Light at the End of the Tunnel

When I began this couch to 5k journey, there was an unspoken history of past attempts to get in better shape, lose weight, and lead a healthier lifestyle. Unspoken because obviously those attempts resulted in failure, otherwise I wouldn’t be where I am now.

But is it really failure?

Yes and no. In the sense that those attempts did not result in the ultimate goal, yes it was a failure. However, there were many lessons learned during those times and that has contributed to my shift in mindset that has me in a better place now.

A Long Road

As the picture above represents, the journey to where I am going is definitely a long road with plenty of detours and alternate paths along the way.

Putting myself into that picture, over the last week I have found that I stopped along that long road and was distracted by the happenings taking place down one of the many corridors leading away from my end goal.

There have been changes at work, helping family clean up after flooding, and of course the events surrounding the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.

Keep Your Eye On The Prize

There is no question that all of these things are mere excuses for the fact that I only exercised once this past week. However, there is one key difference between now and all of those other attempts to improve my lifestyle; those attempts that resulted in failure.

I’ve accepted that I don’t have to be perfect.

It sounds silly, but in the past when I would find myself straying from the path I had defined, I would mentally view that as a complete failure and throw up my arms in defeat. I would revert to all of my old habits – lounging on the couch, eating far too many snacks, and generally not doing much of anything.

At least I gave it a try“, I would think.

Now, I have accepted that this long road I am traveling is going to have detours and there will be times that I don’t stick to the plan.

There will be times where I don’t exercise according to schedule.

There will be times where I eat things I shouldn’t eat.

And it is okay!

The important thing is to minimize these times, refocus myself, and keep my eye on the prize. It isn’t a failure. It is life. It is an opportunity to recognize the triggers that lead to these changes in the plan and learn how to adjust. It is a time to celebrate progress rather than dwell on setbacks.

Speaking of progress, despite the above mentioned stop on my journey, I still managed to lose one pound this past week and am progressing towards my first milestone!

There is light at the end of the tunnel!

Ouch! That Doesn’t Feel Right

With the pride of completing the first day of interval training fresh on my mind, there were visions of mastering my first 5k in less than two months.

Unfortunately, those visions lasted less than 24 hours.

That Doesn’t Feel Right

The next day as I walked into work, something didn’t feel quite right with my right foot. Initially it was just a little twinge, but the pain increased throughout the day.

I am not sure what exactly happened, but the pain is across the top of my foot right at the base of my toes. Unfortunately, the location means it is difficult to walk as each step has been painful.

Over the last two days I’ve had more of a hobble than a walk – much to the amusement of our kids.

When I shared the news with Running Wife, she asked if I was walking on my toes while on the elliptical as she had experienced something similar.

To be honest, I really couldn’t answer her question. The unexpected difficulty of that first day of interval training meant I was spending more time just hanging onto the elliptical, and I wasn’t giving too much attention to how my feet were positioned!

Slight Setback

The hope was that a day of rest would clear things up and I would be back on track. Unfortunately, things were still painful yesterday and I decided to give it one more day of rest.

On the bright side, I’ve found myself anxious to get back on the elliptical and keep moving forward.

In the past, something like this would be the impetus for excuses and I would be back to sitting on the couch watching the boob tube on a nightly basis. My eating habits would slowly revert back to snacking on crappy food and I would be right back to where I had started.

But this time something is different.

This has been a slight setback in my schedule, but I actually want to get back at it and stay on track for my first 5k. The thought of the next workout is one of anticipation as opposed to dread.

Shift In Mindset

It wasn’t expected to happen so soon, but I have had a shift in mindset – one where exercise excites me and I am mentally committed to treating my body right; both from the perspective of exercising as well as the food that I am eating.

Did I mention I ate a handful of grapes as a snack last night?

It is amazing to experience how one’s mindset can have such an impact on the way that you approach a challenge. With the mindset that I had just a month or two back, this pain in my foot would have derailed all of my plans and that 5k would be nothing but a memory.

Now, it is nothing but a small pebble on my road to success.