Day 114: Yesterday I decided to try out my first run since I have been sick. Unfortunately, my mind was feeling way more ambitious than my body and I had to change my route ten minutes into my run. I set out to run six miles and ended up only running three. My achy lungs and drippy nose gave slid me a thank you note later in the day for cutting it quits a little early.
Day 115: Today I was gone from the house over 13 hours for work combined with meetings. I got home at 8:00 pm, snacked on some cashews, sat on the couch and fought my first serious urge to give up this challenge. If it wasn’t for Mike + the newly hooked up ceiling anchor for our home TRX (that he put up today) + his “you have to Betsy” comment, then this would be a different post.
I did a 35 minute TRX video while wearing my warm socks (they’re calling for up to 24 inches of snow tonight/tomorrow, that calls for ugly warm socks) and Mike stood beside to help me figure out how to set up the straps. A few minutes into it I felt energized and excited about the possibility of eventually looking like the fitness model in the video.
Everyone has the days that they want to give up, today was mine. Subconsciously I know that I would not have given up if Mike wasn’t here, but having someone else to push me along got me to sweat faster. As I was grunting through some of the exercises I thought about ways that I cheer myself on everyday. My favorite phrases that I tell myself are simply, “you can do this” and “you want this.” They are both gentle nudges that get me to the place I want to be. So tomorrow when I am snowed into my house and have to dig a tunnel out to the street I will be saying “you want this” over and over again…