Eudaimonia tip #29 – Never lose your mindset.
I always want to have this mindset. I always want to have this fire that has attached to me like an invisible rope pulling me towards my forever-body. A body that is healthy and free from pain and restrictions; that is comfortable in its skin; that looks just as good in sweats and a t-shirt as it does a dress and heals.
Weight loss; exercise; living a healthy lifestyle, all of these goals can only be achieved through one thing: mindset. If the mind is ready, then workouts happen; If the mind is willing, then the right foods are eaten; if the mind is able, then the commitment is real.
They call them cliches for a reason, but the whole “horse to water” one seems to fit this topic quite accurately. The name of the game is never losing your mindset.
The first week of the Summer Challenge is in the books and I have learned so much about myself, from how to track and hit my macro numbers to committing to working out six days a week. There was a bump along the way, such as a pulled … something… tendon… in my left foot that left me questioning if I would be able to finish my Cto5k runs this week. Thankfully, a few strips of KT tape took care of the problem, and I was able to complete my third day of running with no issues.
Along with the bump came a small victory. I went to a concert Friday night and opted for the 5 oz glass of chardonnay with only 3.5g of carbs over the vodka madras that I REALLY wanted which had over 23g of carbs. It’s these smart choices that confirm I’m on the right path to my former thinner self.
Before starting the summer challenge I was wearing a size 20, and then got down to a size 18 on my own, but a tight 18. I knew I had to up my game and go back to the basics — the right calories in combined with calories out via exercise. There was a real fear that running was a fad, but now two weeks in my love for the simplicity of running is coming back full force, along with my love for exercise in general.
I know there will be hard days, the days that I turn into a stubborn horse and refuse to drink the water, but knowing those days are out there means I am one step closer to overcoming them. See, the way I see it anticipation leads to preparation, which helps fortify the mindset.
My goal. My vision. My quest is simple; keep pushing, keep moving, keep eating right to get back to that size 14 and beyond. All the while appreciating that no matter how many times life tries to derail me, I shall rise again.