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Lessons in Food Journaling, The Runners Guide to Life and C25K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had forgotten how quickly C25K ramps up the running in the 6th week.  W6D1 in the books and ran 18 out of the 20 minutes and was totally excited.   Part of the inspiration I’m sure, was finishing reading last night The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life by Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon.  Being only in W6 was a bit embarrassed to have picked up this book, like I was calling myself a runner or something.  The tag line was what made it ok for me for be caught reading it.

“What 35 years of running has taught me about winning, losing, happiness, humility and the human heart.”

This placed the book right into the realm of personal development.  Burfoot’s 1 goal for over 10 years was to qualify for the U. S. Olympics.  He was in the final qualifying rounds twice and both times failed to make the team.  At that point he had to decide if he wanted to invest the next 4 years in continued rigorous training or give up the dream of running in the Olympics.   He really wanted to move his life in another direction, but battled with giving up admitting failure.  He realized he had given it his best and he had done amazing things on the journey.  He changed directions and went on to win the Boston Marathon a few months later!

His attitude on running is to enjoy the experience.  It’s not about how fast you run or whether or not you win races.  Feeling how you feel when you finish a run is the focus.  I know how great I feel and could hardly wait until I got out there this morning and felt that feeling.  I very much enjoyed this book and give it 2 thumbs up and is worth reading even if you don’t aspire to run.   As we get ready for RV living, I am looking at everything to determine whether it deserves rig space or not, meaning will I have room for it in my very limited space.  This goes on the shelf in my office where the contenders are placed.  Once it’s filled, before another can be added, 1 has to go and I’ll be passing all the others along to members of my team to pay it forward.

 

 

 

“That’s the beauty of starting lines.  Until you begin a new venture, you never know what awaits you.”

 

 

 

 

 

Last week I committed to keeping a food journal, no matter what.  The recovering perfectionist quickly reared it’s judgmental head.  I stated on Saturday and instantly freaked about how can I write something down which is not in perfect alignment with Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, in my opinion the best way to eat for life.  I told myself I was focusing on keeping track of what I am eating and not worrying about eating perfect 24 hours a day.  So I am Day 3 and everything is written down and I am down 3/4 of a pound over a weekend which I call good.   Like in running, setting ourselves up to be perfect is the quickest way to giving up.  The only person we are competing with is us.  Setting an intention to do better today than yesterday is realistic.  To be perfect is not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are you going to do today to do better than you were yesterday?  Let’s do it, together…

Teaching Healthy Living,

Judi

 

 

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