One bite at a time…

Persistence
photo credit: Confucius It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop via photopin (license)

So, this is a picture of me running as I prepare for my group race in October!  I am completely serious!  I do love this picture, and this reminder, because I really do not like running very much.  I love to walk, and I walk really fast.  I have been reminding myself lately that when I first started speed walking, I was not in the best shape.  I had to build up my stamina and work towards bigger goals.  Really, this applies to pretty much everything.  I have come to the realization that this concept is probably one of my biggest challenges.  I tend to think that I need to plow through everything, and if I don’t or can’t…well, then, it must be an impossibility.  What a messed up way of thinking??  In reality, most of the stress in my life is probably self prescribed! In regards to running, and getting ready for the race, I have an awesome app that reminds me each day what I need to do.  It even reminds me that we are taking “baby steps”.  I woke up this morning, and it popped up first thing that by the end of the day, I need to run 1.35 miles.  So, in my mind, it is clear cut.  I know what the goal is today, and I am not freaking out about what I have to do in October.  I decided that this is what I have to do with all my long-term goals.  I love lists.  In fact, I have about 5 notebooks sitting here right at this very moment full of lists!  They can be a bit overwhelming.  I will not be getting rid of my notebooks, they definitely have a purpose.  Instead, I am going to use my planner the way it is supposed to be used, LOL.  How perfect that we are at the very beginning of August?!  My monthly goals are written at the start of the month, and I make my baby step plan each week.  I actually used to do this, and am not quite sure why I ever stopped?  The final, most important (I think) piece to my plan is reflection.  At the END of each week, before I make my plan for the upcoming week, I look back at what I have accomplished.  Everyone’s planner is different.  Mine actually has blank pages for notes.  I like to write down my accomplishments, and make notes about what changes I can implement for improvement.  In the back I keep a running list of Rockstar moments I have had throughout the year.
I am super excited to get back into my routine of taking one bite at a time.  I can’t think of a better time to start than today 😉

This video is unbelievably inspiring, it proves no excuse is good enough…

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