Monday, July 02, 2007

100 days - the mini-journey

I'm back! It was a nice couple of days - Oh New York City, how I love thee. The first day, I was so grateful to have a break from taking care of the baby - although I did tons of shopping for her.;-) The second day, I missed her like crazy. To the point where I just didn't enjoy the trip anymore, and couldn't get home fast enough. That was the only bad part.

There was lots of good eating - I ain't gonna lie. In fact, I didn't delude myself into thinking I'd eat healthy before I left. I knew that we were going to be eating at some good places, and I decided to have a "free" weekend, so to speak. I will say that I am totally caked-out. I never thought I would ever get to that stage, but I seriously overdosed on my cake intake. My favourite was a (vegan) chocolate hazelnut cake with a creamy buttery frosting...every bite was like heaven. Ahem - anyhow, I'm over it now, and back to reality.

Which brings me to my new challenge. Or perhaps not so new? The lovely Kim over at "Kim Under Construction" is starting a 100-day challenge. She really motivates me, that Kim.:-)

Anyway, I've started challenges in the past - with lots of gumption at the beginning, only to have it fizzle out quickly after I've had a bad day. The reason has been because of my expectation that everyday on the challenge will be perfect. Yes, the perfection syndrome. But really, I need to get over that because I'm never going to actually go any place with that expectation. So, I'm getting over it. The other reason why challenges have never been great for me, is that I never really had a decent foundation beforehand. The last several weeks, I've been working on that, and I feel like I'm finally on steadier ground.

The timing of this challenge is great, because I'm starting my running clinic in a few weeks, and by the end of the challenge hope to be in a 5K race. And really, truly, that is my goal. I'd love to see a certain "number" on the scale, but I don't want to disappoint myself. Slow and steady, and I will cross that finish line. I know that 5K doesn't seem like a lot - but at this point, it's a bit of a mountain for me to climb, so it's my own challenge.:-)

The job requirements are as follows:

- a positive attitude
- the willingness to put one step in front of the other for 100 days ( to work on the beyond part later!)
- if there's an "off" day, to acknowledge it, learn from it, and keep moving forward
- to be a stronger, healthier, and better person in 100 days!

I'm up for it, I really am. I really need to buckle down and move forward. I feel like I say that everyday, but it's true. Even if there are mental shifts forward each time - it's all worth it. One step in front of the other, day one, here I come!


Chris H said...

OOOO that cake sounds devine! good on you for enjoying your weekend away, I bet baby was just fine too! Good luck on the challenge.

Alea said...

Best of luck for the challenge! Sounds like you're all revved up and ready to take it on!

jeannie* said...

Thats awesome! A 100 day challenge sounds great. And you seem to be exactly at the perfect spot to start one.

I can just see you crossing the finish line of that 5k! Yahoo!

noelle said...

glad you had a great trip and are now ready to buckle down. And I agree...we can't be perfect so we get discouraged and give up. Just do better each day...or each week. Realize that even a tiny slip up is better than totally eating with reckless abandon at every turn.

Enjoy your challenge...and I think a 5K sounds like a HUGE deal!

iportion said...

mmmmmmmmm cake
I am glad you enjoyed your weekend.

Kim said...


I am so glad that you had such a great time.

Speaking of motivation - you my dear have convince me to take on a 5k. It's not until September, so hopefully I'll be ready. But thank you for making me push myself. :)

As for the challenge - you won't be perfect, and neither will I. But hopefully we'll learn how to make more good choices than bad ones and have less belly to show for it in October!!! :)

Anne said...

Glad you had such an awesome time and your challenge should very cool. Good luck!

CaRoLyN said...

So glad you had a great time on vacation! The cake sounds AMAZING!!!
I think this challenge would be great for you and we allknow you can do it and succeed! You don't have to be perfect, you just need to eat better than you used to!!
We are all supporting you!!!

Christy said...

I'm on dialup so this is super slow - but WOW - you are fabulous!!! You've even gotten ME motivated. You can do it 0- you're right, you have been slowly leading up to this point so it's not like you are starting from scratch. I'm right beside you, so lean on me if you need to!!!


pinknest said...

ooooh i'm so glad you had a good time! where was that cake from? where'd you go??