I always find myself goal setting. Without goals I wander. Wandering is a good thing. So is sitting on a park bench and watching the passers go by. After I wander, or sit for too long, I always find myself seeking a new goal. Eye-opening statistics, such as the average 30 to 60 year old gains a pound of fat and loses a half-pound of muscle per year, have a way of kicking my butt into action!
After reading this stat, I committed to a 4-month challenge to follow this nutritional system and exercise six times a week mixing cardio with resistance training. Within this same 4-month challenge I also set a goal to shave two minutes off my mile running pace so I could run with my husband, aka trainer Dave (he’s not a personal fitness trainer, he’s an engineer who takes his exercise quite seriously). Ask any runner, and most would agree, that improving your pace is HARD work. But I was determined. Warrior spirit.
I anchored myself in my desire to feel light, lean, STRONG, and energized! These words have both physical and emotional layers. Yes I want less fat and more muscle, but I also want the mental fortitude and energy to live the life I desire, to live my soulFULL purpose. I knew committing to these two powerhouses (nutritional cleansing with cardio/resistance training) wasn’t going to be a cakewalk, but I wanted results.
When resistance screamed, “STOP,” I kept going, and I leaned into my desire to be light, lean, STRONG, and energized! It was my commitment to those four words that pushed me through the resistance and in the process made me stronger. By day 49 I had managed to drop 1 minute and 31 seconds off my pace. Every mile I ran 91 seconds faster! When I finished that fastest run, only the 14th run of my 4 month challenge, I was already less than 30 seconds from my final goal!!
I can’t quite capture the emotion I felt, but the birthday card Dave gave me 8 months earlier did perfectly: “Remember when you were little? And cake was like ‘WOW’ and presents were like ‘NO WAY!’ and parties were like, ‘THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER!’ And by the end of it all, you were so birthdayed out that you went to bed with YOUR FAVORITE GIFT STILL HUGGED TO YOUR HEART because NO ONE COULD PRY IT AWAY from your frosting-sticky hands?” I opened the card and it said: “Today isn’t like that. Happy Birthday.” Ha. So true, my birthday that year was far from WOW and NO WAY!, but the day I finished my run with less than 30 seconds from my goal pace was LIKE THE BEST DAY EVER! I hugged that run so close to my heart that no one could pry it away from me. It was mine. All mine. I did it! The best part of running faster was that Dave and I were that much closer to running together for exercise. YESSS!
Do you need a nudge to get movin’ again? You can do it!
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I’d love to know…
What keeps you movin’ when you meet up with resistance?
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May you keep movin’ even when resistance tries to slow you down.
Bringing Spirit Back to Medicine.
Sue McCreadie, MD
Board Certified Pediatrician
Founding President of the 501(c)3 nonprofit getREALforkids.com
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