Sunday, July 11, 2010
Half-Way Point and Not Giving Up!
This morning I got in a 5k on the treadmill. (1mile at 5mph, 8 quarter-mile intervals @ 5mph/3.4mph..and then the final .10 @3.4). It was a nice way to start the morning. These 3 miles put me over the half way point for my Labor Day Challenge. This week when I was catching up on my blog reading, I realized that the blogger running the Labor Day Challenge had quit blogging. Honestly, this was a really tough blow to me. Of course, I exercise for myself, to help me gain a better fitness level, but this challenge had really inspired me and pushed me to get in 10 miles per week no matter what...because I wanted to complete this challenge. If it weren't for the challenge, I know I would have slept in a little longer last week at the hotel instead of pushing myself to get to the hotel's fitness room and get in 3 miles on the treadmill. I know there would have been many days after work that I would have just gone home, instead of stopping at the gym to get in at least two miles. When I realized that the blogger wasn't there to see my success in her challenge...in the challenge that had helped me focus on my exercise in a time when I normally slack off of exercising (Summer is my busiest time at work, and I usually slack during my Summer Reading Program months), it really broke my heart. I worried about her...what had happened in her life to cause her to quit blogging so suddenly, without even a good-bye to her readers. Was she dealing with a pressing family issue...or maybe even worse...had she given up on herself, and on her weight loss journey? This journey is tough, some days you just wanna throw your arms in the air and say "I QUIT!" I wanna eat whatever I want without thinking twice about it, I wanna not pack my gym bag, I wanna go straight home after a long day! But we can't... we've gotta keep going...this journey is forever! And we are worth it! We deserve healthy bodies that are going to keep us going into our golden years! We deserve the rush we get when we finish a hard workout after a long days work. We are worth the time and effort this journey takes because we deserve the best life has to offer!
I am half-way to my 100 miles by Labor Day...and I will keep going. I will make it! Maybe the blogger is still reading blogs, and will see this post, and if so...I hope you won't give up either! You can do this! Today is a new day....our day to succeed!