I just wanted to share today’s triumph with you all. Today was a really long, rough day, and I’d been debating since yesterday whether I should run or not. Generally, I’m trying to run 3 or 4 times a week with rest days in between. I can’t run on Thursdays because I volunteer, and today I had a doctor’s appointment immediately after work which had me walking in my door at about 6:15 – past dark.
You wanna guess the first thing I did when I got home? Kicked off my shoes, turned on The Walking Dead, and popped a homemade soft pretzel into the oven.
Yeah, not exactly behavior in line with my goals. But you know what? I ended up having a great night anyway, because I’m learning how to be flexible with myself.
Instead of putting myself down like I used to (“Why are you so lazy? You said you were going to run!”), I was gentle with myself and acknowledged my needs. I was tired, I was hungry, and after a long day at work all I wanted to do was just zone out. So I let myself do that.
After one episode of The Walking Dead, I stopped and asked myself some questions. If you’re struggling sticking to your goals, you can ask yourself these questions too:
- What are my current goals, long and short term?
- Why did I choose those goals? What do I get when I’m working towards them? What do I get once they’re complete?
- Is what I’m doing this second moving me towards my goals?
- If not, wouldn’t I rather be doing something that moves me towards my goals?
For me, the answers were pretty simple but also pretty motivating.
- My current short term goal is to run at least 3 times this week, for at least 30 minutes each time. Long term, I’d like to be able to actually be able to run for that entire 30 minutes.
- I chose those goals so I can improve my body and develop a hobby that gives me pride. When I’m working towards them, I get a sense of pride and accomplishment that I rarely get from other activities – this helps me stay in a good mood and keep confidence in my life and my other dreams.
- What I’m doing right now isn’t moving me toward my goals, but it’s okay to do it for a little while so I can rest.
- Instead of watching TV for the rest of the night, I’d much rather do at least one thing that moves me one step closer toward my fitness goals. Also, I want to end today having done at least one thing I’m proud of.
So, after that one episode I turned off the TV, got into multiple layers of clothes (because I’m a wimp when it comes to cold), grabbed my pepperspray and my favorite podcast, and started pounding the cement.
And I am so proud of myself for doing it! To top it off, my average pace was slightly faster than in the past! So it’s a real sign that I’m able to run a tiny bit faster and longer than I used to.
So if you’re feeling stuck on the couch, do what I did and re-evaluate. And before you get caught in an endless loop of pros and cons, maybe consider the Nike slogan and JUST DO IT.