So I ran today.

…and it sucked. Well, actually I sucked at running. But I did it.  And I’m going to continue doing it.

Because I’m sick of making excuses.

Because after cancer, I’m jiggling in all the wrong places.

Because the chemo weight isn’t going to lose itself.

Because my 15 year old cross country running self would kick my toosh if she knew how bad of a runner I have become.

Because I spend the majority of my day sitting inside.

Because I am sick of losing all of these fitbit challenges and there’s only so many times I can walk in circles.

Because despite the heat, it’s gorgeous outside.

Because fresh air will do me some good.

Because it clears my head and allows me to get lost in my thoughts without distraction.

Because I spent a significant portion of my life being sedentary.

Because my clothes are too tight for comfort.

Because after reconstruction, I want to go clothes shopping and feel good when trying on clothes.

Because the 30 minutes are going to pass anyway.

Because I probably spend 30 minutes a day on the Internet so I really have no excuse for not finding the time.

Because 10000 steps a day shouldn’t be so difficult.

Because I want to live a long, healthy life and exercise is essential to that.

Because my baby sister and I have been talking about running together for years and I always find an excuse not to out of fear of failure.  When I visit her in July, I want to ask her to go for a run and feel confident that I can do it.

Because despite how hard today was, by this time next week I’ll be significantly better.  So imagine what 6 weeks time will bring.

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Breaking down goals

Yesterday I asked what keeps you all motivated to meet a goal. I received a bunch of great suggestions and advice to help with achieving goals, ranging from different apps that help to changing how you view your goals.

One of the responses that I received was in regards to having enough discipline to continue working towards your goal. For me, motivation itself is not always enough. Sometimes the goal can be slightly overwhelming because of the level of effort that is needed to achieve that particular goal. The thought is that when you demonstrate good discipline towards your goal and subsequently make it a routine, you then generate good (or happy) feelings as a part of the process versus relying solely on your initial motivations or feelings to continue forward. Eventually, your discipline turns into habit and it is simply second nature to work towards your goals regularly (21 days, right?).

Another idea that I learned about was breaking your goals down into smaller sub-goals. These sub-goals can be broken down into daily, weekly or monthly targets that you want to reach, which eventually add up to your larger, or end, goal. If you are a visual person, as I am, then you can put together a goal board for each step of the process. It’ll help you stay on track by reminding you of the goals that you have committed yourself to, but it will also allow you to see your progress along the way.

I find both of these thoughts intriguing and quite doable as well. There are a handful of goals that I want to work towards but the end result of what I am trying to accomplish seems daunting. Though it may seem obvious to some, the tips that I’ve received for how to attack these goals has helped me to break them down into more manageable tasks that will quickly add up. Writing it all down will also help me to see the progress that I have made over the weeks.

I wanted to share, in the hopes that some of you may be able to utilize some of these ideas. I’m off to create my goal board. Thanks to everyone who commented!