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!