Although I’m not an avid runner I have run several 5k’s in the past but my 47 year old knees just won’t allow me to run long distances any longer. I’m fascinated with runners though, there dedication, discipline and zeal inspire me and I often have runners envy but power walking is just about all the speed I have these days!
Before writing this post I did a little research behind a runners mindset and it fits right in with some of the things I’m dealing with in life right now. These are 10 things that successful runners have in common….
- See Success
- Stay Positive
- Be Present
- Push On
- Don’t Panic
- Own Your Zone
- Project Confidence
- Manage Discomfort
- Evaluate Progress
- Develop Selective Amnesia
After reading through those I nearly bawled like a baby on number 10! Why? Because in life developing selective amensia is a must! You’re probably wondering how does any of this have to do with my 131 method update but just hang on I’m going somewhere with all of this! In these last 4 weeks I can look back over this list and see how I went wrong. Not in my journey with food but in matters of the heart.
It should never surprise any of us what we are capable of doing when we are vulnerable and let our guard down but I’ve shocked the H.. E … double hockey sticks out of myself! Ignore all the grammatical mistakes in the next phrase and those to follow but my heart is full right now and bursting with words——> I stopped seeing my success, I stopped being positive of the good things God has promised to me, I stopped being present, I stopped at the fork in the road and quit pushing through, I panicked, I got out of my own zone and into someone else’s, my confidence was thrown to the side, I managed my discomfort through rationalization, I didn’t stop to evaluate my progress and how far I’d come and NOW I’m having to develop that selective amnesia!
I’ve learned that mindset is everything going through this program and that even though there are no food rules to adhere to I still have to stop and evaluate the consequences of my choices! Oh I can eat that brownie but how is it going to make me feel afterwards and is it worth it? Will eating it throw off all my hard work I’ve already put in? I’m happy to report that I did eat the brownie pictured below and I’ve lived to tell about it! That’s why I’m so passionate about this program! This is my diet, my journey and I’m learning day by day what works for me and my philosophy has always been… everything in moderation! After my little splurge this weekend I’m still intact and moving right along but unfortunately the choices we make in life don’t pan out as well!
Through my own selfish choices I’ve hurt someone I’ve become very fond of and those choices have trickled down the path and hurt others innocently standing by! This is where I’m above and beyond thankful for God’s mercy and grace! Unfortunately my ‘I’m Sorry” won’t fix it but I pray the verse that says He works ALL things for our good will accomplish things that my words can’t! I’ll cling tightly to and let this truth sink in deeply …Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives”.
I had my “brownie” and for that moment it was sweet and good but I’m so grateful that God’s hold on me is greater because that “brownie” moment could’ve turned into something much more indulgent! I’m back on my mark now and it’s time to see my success, stay positive, be present, push on, don’t panic, stay in my own zone, project confidence, manage my discomfort, evaluate my progress and allow God to develop that selective amnesia! He’s good that way! He firmly yet tenderly puts us back on the right path every time!!
This first week of the Nourish Phase has been a good one! My weight is still down, I’m starting to see a little muscle definition from the weight lifting and I’m feeling great! Yes, I ate the brownie but I’ve eaten the good things a lot more! I’m thankful it’s watermelon season because I think I could literally eat my weight in them!
Annnnnnd bulletproof coffee is always on the menu!
I hope this week finds you in good favor! Remember though that your enemy does indeed lurk around seeking whom he may devour but never forget no mistake or failure is ever FATAL! There is always hope, forgiveness and grace to pick yourself back up and get back on your mark! Stay the course friends whether that be a course of eating better, exercising more, developing a positive attitude or everyday life occurrences! STAY THE COURSE…. It’s worth it!