Today I did my first practice 5K with my running coach, Alex. I usually let him go at his normal pace (for every stride he takes, I take three) and follow behind, running hard to keep up. This works so well for me because I probably wouldn’t normally push myself as hard.
My pace was ok, but I now know I have to work a little harder to get ready for this race. It’s not that I’m planning on trying to be the fastest, but I definitely want to challenge myself. So in spirit of working harder, I decided tonight that I would have a healthy dinner in place of my usual Sunday Funday feast.
On the side of my delicious meal, I sipped some cinnamon spice tea, or as my friend calls it: “Christmas in a cup.” I also flipped through the latest issue of Oxygen magazine, which featured my fave blogger Julie Fagan of PB Fingers. Yay Julie! This magazine isn’t my usual selection because it focuses so heavily on weight lifting, but every once in a while it’s good to add something new to the rotation. It’s often hard for me to remember that weight lifting is actually a vital part of a good workout routine, so this magazine works well to put me on track.
“The Walking Dead” is starting right now, so I’m going to leave you all with an excerpt from the Oxygen article about Julie.
By thinking of yourself as a “runner,” “tri-athlete,” “fitness competitor” or “Sister in Iron,” you can use language to make an active lifestyle a part of your identity. This can be especially helpful if you’re just starting out in fitness, or facing a new challenge. By assuming that you’re already successful, you’ll feel like you belong in the gym, at the running track, in the weight room or on the fitness stage, and will feel less intimidated to tackle your fit tasks. In addition, by making your daily language and interaction with others, reflect your new identity, you’re a lot more likely to have confidence in your ability to achieve your desired result.
YOUR PLAN: Start by defining your fitness goals. What do you want to accomplish? Next, research to see what people who have been successful in achieving this goal call themselves, or think of a new term for yourself. Assume the identity.