I have a confession to make.
I did VERY little exercise last week.
I know I don’t ‘owe’ you an apology but one of the things I love about blogging is that it makes me somewhat accountable and often, I need your virtual eyes on me to motivate me to run. Jen blogged last week about struggling with motivation as her job situation has changed – I’m sure you’ve noticed that since I started studying, my motivation has wavered, I’m in the same boat as she is, to some respects. What I gained from running, I’m now largely gaining from another place and busyness has increased dramatically.
The issue is not so much not having the time to exercise as prioritising it. The fact I took all of Friday morning off to go cycling shows that I DO have the time – I just need to plan my work/life balance better during the week. In the mornings when I study, I need to have the self-discipline to say ‘Enough for today, go and run’, knowing that I’m still on track to get my work done throughout the week.
Last week looked like this. I snuck my long run in on Monday and managed 9 miles at 9.41 pace. I actually really enjoyed it, it’s not that I’m not enjoying running. But then I couldn’t motivate myself to get out and run again. Then I went for my bike ride on Friday.
At the weekend, I did nothing, exercise-wise. I did a lot of checking of Instagram to see people’s Bay to Breakers photos, which was fun but wouldn’t get me healthier.
It’s just not enough exercise. It’s not good for my health to have so many ‘rest days’ and it’s definitely not good for my spirit. I find myself getting lethargic and lazy. It has to stop.
So therefore, this week, I hereby commit to these things.
- I will exercise every day. Even if it’s just for half an hour. I want to run three times, cycle twice and swim once. But if it all goes tits up, I will do half an hour of a video workout or I’ll do one of those living-room circuits that are all over pinterest. I will definitely do half an hour each day, if not more.
- I hereby commit to stop eating all the cr*p. I may have been exercising less recently but I have continued to eat like I’m training for the UTMB. I am not. So I commit to be looking at portion sizes, health bang 4 buck and trying to see food as fuel, not reward.
- I hereby commit to drink loads more water. I was good at water for a while but I am not any longer.
- I hereby commit to post back at the end of the week with an update. This may not be interesting for you guys (sorry) but it’s a good motivational tool for me to stick with my goal.
I developed a nasty little cold over the weekend, which will make things less fun but I have to start afresh, snot or no snot. Wish me luck, people!!