Last week I was sidelined by my knees. This week I was thrown off course by the Three T’s: Thanksgiving, Temperature, and Time. Getting on track, literally and figuratively, for a half-marathon was a lot easier before I hit these three. And it’s clear that while I am committed to the process, I need to kick up the discipline. I’m still walking between three and six plus miles 5-6 times a week. However, when there’s great food, the weather is cold and gloomy, and time is at a premium, carving out exercise is an absolute chore. Here’s the scoop and my plan of attack.
Thanksgiving (Pick a Holiday/Event)
My Problem: When you link food to memories and a sense of entitlement, it’s hard to make excellent food choices. If you’re the cook or on the clean-up committee, it’s also tough to fit in exercise.
My Plan: Time to return to the meal plan approach complete with nutrition advice (I own every book by every expert.) and a food diary.
My Problem: After a November that felt like spring, December has sent my friends, family, and enthusiasm running the other way. No one’s signing on to walk, run, or play with me anymore. I’m on my own.
My Plan: Suit up for warmth on good days. Embrace the treadmill and exercise videos.
My Problem: As other career obligations kick in, exercise goes to the bottom of the list. Waking up earlier and re-prioritizing the “To Do” list is critical.
My Plan: Get up one hour earlier (If I tell you, maybe I’ll do it!). Follow a new schedule that carves out exercise time and document in a daily training diary.
Up Next: Doctor’s Orders
Nancy Berk, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, humorist, & co-host of Whine At 9, a weekly podcast & daily blog where it’s fine to whine. See her interview about training for the half-marathon. Follow her journey on Twitter.
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