In my last post I touched on the stages of change. I didn’t define them or go into any details, other than to say I was absolutely ready to make a change. However ready I was mentally, I wasn’t ready physically. And this can cause road blocks that lead apathetic behaviors and backwards progress on the change readiness scale.
Many years ago I discovered the book Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes. What an amazing book. So motivating I remember putting it down and running 10 miles out of the blue.
In the beginning of the story, he talked about going out to celebrate one of his birthdays. He left the bar feeling much like I do right now – stuffed, tired and completely over the lifestyle he had been living. And so he ran. Literally. In the clothes he had gone out in, which were not running clothes. He ran and ran and ran, and that’s where his life as a world renowned ultrarunner began.
I am frustrated right now, but trying to stay positive because I know the tools I need to make the changes I’m after are on their way to me. I just have to be patient.
Meanwhile, yesterday I ran on my lunch break at work. It was OK, but a big part of me wants to do what Dean Karnazes did, and just run all night long. I miss the runner that I used to be. I miss being able to lace up my shoes and run 5, 8, or 10 miles without needing to prep and train. I miss being in good shape.
Which all makes sense because otherwise I would not be in such a ready-to-change stage.
What am I waiting for?
I’m waiting for my Herbalife starter kit to come. What I have been lacking in my life is solid nutrition. I know how, what and when to eat. But what I have not done is acknowledge that my life is not free of chaos. Since October, I have been raising a puppy on my own. She has been sick many times due to a chronic and hereditary condition. She has been the joy of my life, and the challenges of raising her solo have kept me from taking good care of myself. I am looking forward to shakes in the morning, knowing that I am getting balanced (and fully-loaded) nutrition.
I am also waiting on my new Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. I have juiced in the past and I’m ‘one of those people’ who loves to juice. I don’t have an exact favorite recipe, but I do know which vegetables are my favorites: red cabbage, beets and carrots are among them. The types of vegetables I look forward to juicing are those that I would not normally eat raw. Red cabbage juice is so incredibly flavorful.
Tomorrow I’m taking Andi on a long hike. I don’t know where we’ll go, and I’m assuming the weather will continue to be less than desirable, but I am looking forward to getting out for a good amount of exercise with my little love. I know she will enjoy it as well!
That’s all for now.. time for a good night’s sleep.