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Modified Half Plan. Night Run Thoughts. Believing in Yourself.

Today was another packed day. I went to bed knowing that I needed to get up early in order to get everything done. I didn't get up early at all. I was up before 9:00am though. I've been struggling with getting up early. My plan is to get up at 7:00am tomorrow and do my workout for week 1 day 3 of the modified Half training plan I created. You can view it here! It's a cross between Hal Higdon's and P90x. Looks promising to me!

After working today - my wife and I went to an auction where we find some pretty good deals. We did find some, but finding those deals took quite a long time. I was losing sunlight and losing sunlight fast. It was 8:30pm when we left the auction and started home. We live about 20 minutes from the place and the sun was no longer visible. This made me think of a few things that I hadn't thought of before.

(3.04 miles in 28'10" --- Day 2 of Half Training)

1. I need some type of reflective gear to run in at night.
2. Don't wait until dark to run. (duh!)
3. It's going to be different running in the cool of the day rather than the blistering heat.

I am getting back into posting daily after my many weeks away from home and my mind is getting back into that routine. I really wanted to have something solid to post today. As great minds do, I thought to myself - "I need to think of something profound to speak about as a grand entrance back to full time blogging."

Well, here is that profound thought: If you believe that you can not get fit - you will never get fit.

Okay, not too profound I know, but it is true.

I challenge you to believe in yourself.

Negativity only sets you up for failure. If you set yourself up for failure - don't be surprised when you experience failure.

Believe in yourself that you will be successful in this. There are a few ways that you can ensure this to happen; to make success happen.

1. Know why you are doing this - getting healthy.
2. Lay out plans on how you will achieve a healthy level.
3. Execute said plans one day at a time.
4. Evaluate periodically your plans and adjust where necessary.
5. Push harder than the day before.
6. Enjoy the experience - knowing that it can be bumpy sometimes.
7. Never stop believing in yourself.

There have been a lot of people so far this year that have stopped believing in themselves. I hope that you will not stop. The moment that we stop believing in ourselves and start believing that we can not do it, that we are not worth it, or that it's better to be unhealthy - we will fail.

Let today be the day you pick yourself back up and push harder than you have before.


Missa said...

I am in a bit of an internal struggle, but I am going to keep going and keep moving thru the hurdles.


Meegan (redstar5) said...

Seth your profound thought kicks some serious ass. Like you, I firmly believe that we all need to believe in ourselves to get anywhere. Your challenge is genius. Its a little similar to my post last night about happiness and weight loss.

Miz said...

hell to the YES on negativity setting us up for failure.
so so true in all realms of life.


Patrick said...

Good words Seth. Simply, you achieve what you believe.

CLAMCO said...

One of my fave quotes that I keep on my fridge; "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right." -Henry Ford

Megan said...

What half are you running? I'm looking at running the motherroad marathon from Miami, OK to Joplin but may end up doing the half.

Seth said...

@Missa - Keep moving. Jump the whatever you have to do to keep going!

@redstar - I'm glad you liked! I'm glad we are on the same page b/c that means things are going to get done!

@Miz - so much of what we do in fitness transfers over into every other part of our lives

@Patrick - you put my whole post in six words, nice!

@Megan -- It's the roots n blues n bbq half marathon in columbia, mo...there is a link on teh right side of my page under projected races

Angela said...

While driving home today I was thinking about something similar. On Biggest Loser, Ashley was saying to her mom, "What if I get in there and I can't do it" to which her mom replied, "But what if you CAN?" It's why I believe that losing weight and becoming a more healthier self is 80% mental and 20% physical. If you can't get past the negative thoughts in your head, you will never make it.

Great post!

cmoursler said...

When you start blogging what really works, it turns out not to be brain surgery. You do it or you don't do it.
It's really simple.
Isn't it amazing how much money is made off this stuff.

Molly said...

Thanks for the thoughts! Nice to have you back!

Carla - The Right Fit said...

It's so true what you are saying, that you have to believe in yourself. It sounds so cliche, but our minds are more powerful than we give them credit for! I am choosing to use my mind and my thoughts to help me, not to bring me down.

Julie Lost and Found said...

I agree with every thing you are saying. I totally believe you have to believe in yourself.

I also agree with what Carla said that it sounds so cliche but our minds are more powerful than we give them credit for.

I would like to ask: If you are one who has not been believing in yourself, HOW do you start? How do you KEEP ON believing?? Any advice on that?

Seth said...

@Julie -- In the weight loss/fitness's very easy to get discouraged and get knocked down. The thing about it though is that if we continue to do what we know works...we will overcome those times that we fail. Part of believing in yourself is the 'follow through' of your plan to make success, and believing in yourself, a reality.