|The gorgeous countryside I get to look at as I run
This morning as I did my walk/run I found myself thinking I was a failure, I am unfit and very overweight and it is easy to think nothing has changed since January.
At the beginning of January I vowed to get fit and to lose weight. I signed up for a 5K run in June and I started the Couch to 5K program twice a week and committed to go to the gym once a week. I also joined Slimming World and wanted to lose 2lb a week for every week of this year.
Here we are about to start March, two months in and February has been a bit of a write off month for my #fitandfree targets. With regards to weight I have mainly been going to Slimming World each week but I've been off plan for the last few weeks. I've put back on what I lost and I'm only 2lb lighter than when I started on 8th January 2015.
My activity level has been a bit better - I've gone to the gym three weeks out of four (as one was half term) and I've also done aerobics to a DVD at least once a week. The running got shelved as my calves were hurting so much whilst I did it and to be frank I've had a ton of ailments during Feb that have prevented me doing too much. I have a verruca on the pad of my foot that has been there in excess of two years and as once too much time is spent on my feet it hurts, like really hurts. I also have two more smaller ones and I'm having cryo treatment for them all. In February the treatment really worked on one of them but it gave me a massive blood blister for over a week and how do you run on that? Can you imagine how tender it was.
Add to my feet issues the hurting calves and one of my knees has been playing up and very tender and I just have not wanted to pound the streets in the icy cold February weather. Well this week I decided enough was enough and I had to get back on track, so it has been a good week - gym on Monday, aerobics on Weds and a run today. I've also been much better with my food and want that to continue but I won't lie to you I find this incredibly hard, it is the hardest thing I've ever done, we all have our demons and food is mine.
I started this post by saying I felt a failure earlier but actually I turned that thought around. I know that by calling myself negative names I'll achieve nothing, I'll just feel despair and want to give up. What I'm doing is saying February was not great, so I'll start again and it is OK to start again. Perseverance is a very underrated trait.
Perseverance = determination to do something in spite of difficulty or delayI need to learn a lesson from Thomas Edison, the creator of the modern light bulb. He was told at school that he would make nothing of himself and he was fired from his first two jobs. Instead of giving up he ploughed his energies into something he loved - inventing. Edison became famous for saying “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
So that is what I am doing, using my perseverance to keep going and finding the way that will work for me. I know it is God's will for me to be slimmer and healthier, He told me so and now I must do the footwork to make it a reality.
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