T or F? Bikini bodies are made in winter.
If you’re me, the answer is . . . really effing F.
So, I have been less than “nailing it” over the course of these winter months. What I have been doing cannot even be described as bumping or tapping. I’ve been downright, straight up, and absolutely struggling. However, with all of my notions of failure, I have not thrown in the towel, and that alone is a success that trumps all deficiencies.
I have (close to) perfected the skill of not dwelling, not getting so bogged down by my perceived defeats that I either succumb to a depression or decide to no longer strive. I had worked so hard, and currently, I feel as though I have backslid. I have gained back a few of my lost pounds, and though that does not seem altogether Earth shattering, it is still detrimental to my well-being, particularly the head game.
So, before I become irreparably downtrodden and continue to backslide, I have taken action! First and foremost, dear reader, remember several posts in the past when I wrote about comparison being the thief of joy? I am fairly certain you recall it; I know you have read and memorized every titillating post, but just in case this singular write up has elusively slipped from your memory, in summary . . . COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY. I believe this sentiment to be true not only in examples of comparing oneself to others, but it is also legitimate in instances of comparing our current habits, or lack thereof, with our former ones.
My POA, or plan of action, is to start slow. I have been active only intermittently since October, and I will not allow myself to reflect on my past routine for any purpose other than to eventually implement it again. I know it is not reasonable currently to wake up, feed my Fitbit a couple of miles and walk the dog before work, hit the gym for an hour and a half during lunch and breaks, respectively, and after work, do body weight exercises and thirty minutes of yoga. I cannot immediately pick up where I left off, but I can once again realize this system. I have done it once before, which means I can do it again. My temporary faltering is not synonymous with inadequacy.
In order to get back to the grind, I am actively executing three premeditated ideas. If nothing else, I have spent four and a half-ish months reflecting.
- Set a reasonable goal that is not associated with exactness.
- So, no goal weight by THIS date, no specific distance run by THAT date.
- Goal: GET OUTSIDE.
- My (reasonable) goal to get outside is to help me ease myself into warmer weather. I struggle in the heat, and I hypothesize that this is attributed to my consistent indoor exercise. When I participate in a run that takes place in the blistering, dastardly heat of August, and I have trained only in air conditioned spaces, the humidity is utterly oppressive. If I exit my comfort zone and walk and run outside effective immediately, perhaps the heat and humidity will not be so onerous because I, like the temperature, have transitioned with the seasons.
- Set a futile goal free.
- So, quit a previous goal that was once attainable but has since become insurmountable.
- GOAL: Let go of RTY 2019.
- I will most definitely continue to track my mileage and progress toward 2,019 miles run this calendar year, but it is no longer a set in stone goal for myself. I am so far behind the eight ball nowadays, the daily commitment to complete the Run the Year objective would be adverse.
- Do what makes me happy.
- So, by doing something that makes me happy, all else will fall into place.
- GOAL: Get run registrations completed.
- Unquestionably, running events thrill me: 5Ks, 10Ks, halfsies! The training up to is oftentimes arduous, but when I cross that finish line, the effort is SO worth it. So, I have gotten my run list compiled for the season, with openness to two or three more. I have also started to work on my 2019 run playlist. *Feel free to leave a comment with a few songs that get you up and running* Ba-dum-chhh
So, my bikini body was not made this winter. However, an improved adaptation of “AmyBP (oneword)” is in the works.
Finally, a shout out to Erin for sending me this beauty! Impeccable timing, my dear!
P.S. I’m for serious regarding *Feel free to leave a comment with a few songs that get you up and running*