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I have fallen into the trap of self-sabotaging and negative talk again this time its because I am not a fast runner. Every time my husband asks me how my run is I would immediately down what I did “I only did 12 minute miles” or “I had to stop and walk once or twice”. Why do I say this? Why are my first reactions downing myself because I am a slow runner? His reaction once when I did this was “hon, it doesn't matter just run.” Really? Life can be that simple? He is right, of course, that is all I want heck that is all I ever wanted and never in my wildest dreams thought I would be doing it.
I read a fellow blogger's post yesterday from Runner Cookie she talked about “Flow”. She is studying sports psychology and “flow” is defined in her blog...
“Flow is a holistic, intrinsically motivating mental state that people have when they are totally immersed in an activity with energized focus, complete involvement and success in the process of an activity itself.”
I decided this is what I want when I run. I want no worries, no stress about time, I just want to run! That is it! I do not care if I am fast, nor do I care if I have to stop and walk a couple of times.
So, last night I ran and I ran my farthest 5.03 miles and it was delightful! I so enjoy being able to have discipline over my body.
The next time you talk to someone and they start to tell you what exercise they did, but they start out saying “I only did” stop them in their tracks and tell them how great they are for getting out and doing something because that is what matters!
I am really on fire with this right now because I am just so tired of a number encompassing my life. First its the scale, then how far I rode the bike and how fast I ride in an hour and now running. The self-sabotaging has got to stop! Love yourself, love what you have become and be happy with the choices you made for you in this life. We only live once, lets be thankful for the gift that God gave us and that is our bodies.
Do you say negative things about yourself when deep down you know you should be proud of your achievements?
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