Just Do It!
For this blog post I thought I’d write about something different. I know that usually I write about something kid related because I’m a play therapist and have a toddler – so those topics pretty much encompass my life. But I’m also really committed to leading a healthy (mostly – it is Pumpkin Spice Latte season at Starbucks) lifestyle. For me, yes, but also because I want to role model what being healthy should mean to my son. But that doesn’t mean that at times I’m not faking it until I make it. This is the real world, after all.
Right now I am really into doing this workout called PiYo at home and I’m training for a half marathon in October. This is my 4th or 5th (can’t remember) half marathon, but it’s the first time I’ve really attempted to do anything physically challenging since having my son – yes, 2 years ago. I lead an online group of runners that live all over the country who are also training for a half-marathon this fall (and I use the word “lead” loosely – they are awesome and kinda do their own thing, so really they motivate me to keep going). I like the sense of community that it builds virtually. Running on the trails here also builds upon that. Runners are friendly! They smile and/or wave when you pass each other. You start to see a couple of the same people every once in a while on the trails. It makes you feel included and like you’re in this together. Even though I’m running alone (my son is usually asleep in the stroller), it fosters the need for belonging that we all as human beings crave.
Now when I say I’m “running” a half marathon I really mean I’m jogging/walking for 13.1 miles. The honest truth? I hate running. I mean, I really don’t like it at all! But I do enjoy getting out and enjoying the fresh air. I enjoy the running trails around my house and the feeling that I get from running. Doing any physical exercise is an instant mood-lifter. It increases the level of endorphins being released and makes you feel better. Despite that, I use a lot of mind tricks to motivate me to keep going. There are two trails near my house that both run along rivers. That means they have little bridges crossing over them. I use those as markers. “When I get to the next bridge I can walk until the one after that.” I do the same with music. I’ve had the same playlist on my phone for years now. It hasn’t been updated at all. I think there’s some comfort in knowing that those songs got me through the last half-marathons, and they can do it again! I also use other landmarks along the way as motivation markers. Like this:
I’ll just let you caption that one.
My son at this point is used to us going on our runs. It’s not out of the ordinary, nor is it unusual for him to see me working out. As I’ve talked about before, the scale from his point of view is something that we celebrate by declaring how strong we are! We see who can do a better downward dog and he’s got a decent side plank. We race down the hallway to his room (the people that live below us hate us). I make him boatloads of healthy foods to try that he will take one look at and declare, “No”, but we keep at it. You don’t have to be a superhero or have an army of nannies to do things that will help take care of your overall well-being. As an entrepreneur and a mom to an extremely active little boy I rarely have spare time. But it’s funny how you make time for the things that are a priority in your life and find ways to make them happen. You are a priority in your life. Being healthy and able to live the best life possible is a priority. It’s not all or nothing, you do what you can, but you do have to take that first step.