My motivation to be healthy has been lacking in the past couple of weeks. With the temperatures reaching the 90’s I have slowed down to snail pace. I haven’t been able to get out of bed in the morning and slept through my running alarm for a good 2 weeks straight. I’ve also really lost control of my eating, especially this week. I didn’t go to the grocery store and I’ve been living off of left over catering from meetings in the office which don’t offer (or I don’t choose) the healthiest options. Needless to say, I have had an XL cookie multiple times this week and it needs to stop.
Many times I will use races to motivate me, but even that doesn’t seem to be working. I signed up for the Manchester Mile & 5k which is next Wednesday night. I haven’t run in about 2 weeks but the fact that the entire last mile is downhill is making me think that it will be easy. Should I not make a personal record in this race, it will be a big wake up call to get myself running. I don’t want to slack off because I have already signed up for another 5k in September that I hope to do well on.
In another effort to motivate myself, I decided to try a diet bet that I saw Janine post about on Facebook. How it works is you put 25 dollars into the pot and then you have 4 weeks to lose 4% of your body weight. If you succeed, you and your fellow winners get a split of the money. I have to lose a little over 7 lbs in order to win. Since I have been eating so poorly I am hoping that by cutting back on the cookies and ice cream and fatty breakfast croissants I will be able to drop the first few pounds easily. I am also hoping that this will motivate me to get back on track with my workouts.
Another event I signed up for this week was the Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle race. I have always been HORRIFIED of these type of races. I am not overly athletic/coordinated so I assumed I’d kill myself. But I guess on Tuesday I must have been feeling adventurous because when my roommate Molly asked if I wanted to do it with her I said yes. Let me tell you I am glad I said yes before I looked at the race map because otherwise I might have changed my mind. I am just PRAYING that this type of obstacle isn’t present because if it is, RIP Jaime, it has been nice knowing you all.
I am absolutely HORRIFIED of something like this. As discussed in previous posts I have NO upper body strength and I don’t even know how I would go about getting my ass over this wall. Also, my teammate Molly is about the size of my left leg so the help she could offer would be limited and the thought of having 10 strangers pushing and pulling me over that thing is too mortifying to even contemplate. Let’s all take a moment and pray that this obstacle stays in Tough Mudder and NOT in the Rugged Maniac 5k.
Hopefully these events will help to increase my motivation to be healthy. It will definitely be a challenge diet wise, especially with the 4th coming up next week. I have also been drinking a TON of beer which is not doing me any favors. Wish me luck training for my various endeavors.
Have a good weekend 🙂