Meditation Monday #52 – My 108 Sun Salutations

Welcome to March!

I’ve been sitting on this post for awhile now….unsure of what all to write and which day to post it under. I’ve got a lot to write about this week and so I thought I’d start here with some yoga. Last fall I started building up to performing 108 consecutive Sun Salutations. Don’t know what a Sun Salutation is? Check out my post about how I do mine here. Continue reading “Meditation Monday #52 – My 108 Sun Salutations”

TOLT: Negative Talk and The Best Mile

Today I am extremely unmotivated to swim….lift….or do my Sun Salutations, but I will at least get in the last of those this afternoon. Some of my lack of motivation is due to lack of partners for these activities. I’m telling you…..I need that accountability, even as a Fitress Professional.

I wrote to my running partner about this same topic last week. I had been sick with a sinus infection in Wednesday and opted not to run with her that day. Thursday I knew I could run indoors, without kids, and probably get in my 3-1 mile repeaters. So, I started them….still a little turned off to the idea of a run because the indoor track is 9 laps per mile.

My first mile was AMAZING! I posted just over 7:16….I think my fastest ever mile in my life was 6:57. My initial reactions were pride and encouragement, but as I did my rest intervalĀ  walk….the negative talk set in.

First it was: there’s no way I can go that fast again. So, I just decided to try. And the second mile….7:19. I watched the time each lap and just kept pushing mentally.

Then, walk number two….again the negative thoughts poured in. No way could I even be under 8:00 if I did my third one; I am tired of going around in circles; I don’t want to push so hard I make myself more sick; I don’t really need to do all three…..

That’s when a singularly important thought breezed through my mind. …so quickly that I almost didn’t catch it: T did her three yesterday. That was it! I held on tight to the idea that I’d be letting down my training partner, cheating her out of the equality of our training, if I gave up now.

So, I mustered one more mile….this time counting every half a lap….then every quarter. I couldn’t watch the clock because I feared it would defeat me. Third repeater: 7:50.

It wasn’t as fast, but I finished it.

I am a strong runner….but I’m stronger now than ever because I am learning about what motivates me and how to overcome those negative thoughts by grabbing on to positive ones. It’s 16 days until race day and I’m making every run!

 

How do you stay motivated when the negative or lazy talk settles in?

Do you prefer to workout together or alone?

What’s your fastest mile?

 

Thank you Amanda for the TOLT space!

The Importance of Habits for Obligers

I hope that this Thursday HABITS UPDATE will become a regular thing in my life and for the blog. It’s necessary for me to have a regular posting schedule for my writing and for myself. And currently I’m undertaking the project of improving my habits.

Today I’m also linking up with Amanda at Running With Spoons as I have been doing on and off for the last couple of years. She does this great Think Out Loud Thursday round-up that always gives me new things to read. I’ve found a lot of great new blogs to follow through there and I’ve enjoyed having some of her readers stop by and comment from time to time. It gives me fresh eyes as to what people will click on and read.

But HABITS UPDATES are going to be strictly for me. A post that I need to write each week to keep myself accountable to the changes I am trying to make….serious changes in my fitness and scheduling. Habits are important for Obligers because we have this sense of duty in life….to serve. In yoga we talk about our duty in life as our Dharma and as a yogi, a mother, a wife, a teacher, etc….I serve a lot of other people.

Rubin wrote in Better Than Before (and recently on her blog) about Obliger Rebellion…..when those of us who live to serve reach our limit. This HABITS UPDATE will also make me accountable to myself and giving myself time to do what I want to do so that I don’t reach the point of Obliger Rebellion.

So, how am I doing so far?

Well, this week I’ve been pretty good about checking off things on my to-do list. I am using my planner on the regular and committing to doing the things that I put on there. I am committed to putting things on the list that I want to do as well as things I need to do and not prioritizing needs over wants all of the time. Some of my wants are also needs.

I want to run twice a week with T; but I also need to run to keep my body in good health, clear my mind, and socialize with another adult. I want to read and write on the blog. I want to have a clean house. I want to see my kids have fun atĀ  t-ball. These wants all make me happy and happiness is something I really need in my life.

I also thrive on schedules. I am a planner and a finisher. I love to see things ticked off my list. I’m sure my students appreciate this too because it means that I’m taking care of things they need from me and planning classes that have a purpose. I’m sure that my kids appreciate that I don’t miss their events and that I make time for play dates. I’m sure that my husband appreciates that I have scheduled a time to shop and pay bills so that our house is mostly in order and we’re not always ordering out.

Scheduling is a big thing for me to be successful in my habits….it’s the reason that I’ve already ordered my new planner and have birthdates, anniversaries, and school schedules (through spring) in their….waiting to be used. But my new planner presents a few new challenges to me.

First is that there are only 7 spaces (if I squeeze) on each day. Currently I have 10 spaces for each day and often write double items on lines. This is a habit I want to break and hope that my new planner helps me to finally start saying NO to overbooking and over obligating myself.

The second “problem” is that I have to decide if I’m continuing my Word of the Day as a “daily” thing in this planner. There’s a perfect spot for me to write a word for the week, but not enough space for daily inclusion….it would take up one of my 7 lines. So, I have to decide about this habit. I haven’t been doing it for long enough for it to be noticed as absent in the near future, but by the time I hit January I would have had quite the streak of WOD that it might feel empty without it. One way I can trade off on this is to start doing a weekly word in November….things that I will consider as it comes closer (marathoner).

The thing I’m happiest about at this point with the habits is that I haven’t chosen drastic changes that set myself up for failure. I feel confident in keeping this going and I am looking forward to updating you again next week!

How does scheduling affect your ability to keep a habit?