Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fading Afterglow

I feel much better after a good night’s rest. My legs are definitely feeling the effects of the 5K though; they are stiff and achy so I’m not yet sure of what my workouts for the day are going to look like. I may end up having to just concentrate on stomach crunches and arm weights to give them a break, but I know I will figure out how much I can push myself as the day unfolds.

After yesterday’s organized walk (and jog) I am actually feeling a little disconnected. I am still in really good spirits, but I am worried that I will just end up floating around aimlessly on this journey without some direction now that the 5K is over. I think that being so irresolute right now could be detrimental to my progress and I would like to avoid that.

I need to come up with something to look forward to that will help motivate me for the next while. It appears that I do well and get good results when I have a plan in place. So I think coming up with a new short term goal or aspiration will only benefit me as I continue to walk this path to better health.


  1. I hope you don't mind me following your blog. I just started a major weight loss journey myself and reading other blogs like yours is really motivating to me. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  2. Planning and short-term goals are a great way to keep the focus where it needs to be. You're tearing it up. Keep up the great work!

    And kudos on being the 500th follower at JSGF. That designation allows you free oil changes at participating Jiffy Lube locations.

  3. Why not find another 5K coming up and then aim to have a better time than this one.

  4. I'm sure you'll come up with something to keep you focused.
    I like Melissa's idea.

  5. Congrats on the 5K. I am so thrilled for you.

  6. ditto melissa's idea....great idea and it will focus you in on moving forward with your workouts.

  7. Sounds good! You can make mini-goals and hold yourself accountable. Doesn't have to be a race / walk. Try swimming! Join a walking club? Anyway, well done on your achievements so far!!!

  8. Thanks for the suggestions. I am not totally ruling out another race, but because I know how I operate I am not convinced that it would work as a motivator. I will likely do more 5K's in the future (and maybe even a 10K at some point), but the drive won't be there as much as it was for this one. I do have a couple of other ideas, but my day was a bit of a drag so I am going to hold off on decision making for tonight. I really appreciate all of your input on this!

    Allison, I don't mind at all... I welcome any and all newcomers!

    Jack, I tried cashing in your guarantee at my local Jiffy Lube and they poured the oil on my head when I mentioned your name. Is that how they service cars in your area?

  9. I just read your comment on Diane's blog and want to pop around and give you a cyber hug...I'm also very lonely. My family are back in South Africa and I live in Germany...cant speak the understanding your space as I'm there as well...

  10. I 100% get what youre saying here and for me I tend to have an overall FITNESS MISSION STATEMENT (big!huge!lofty!) and then smaller steps along the way.

    That way when I nail one goal (as you amazingly did) I still have my overall mission statement to anchor my life.

    does that help at all?
    make sense?

    email me/leave me a comment if not!

  11. Marcelle, I appreciate the comraderie. Thanks!

    Miz, it makes perfect sense. Apart from ten pounds incremental goals, I have to figure out what else will rock my boat.