So true, so true. I definitely hit a wall the last time I went hiking (I took a very steep trail up Vermont highest peak). I went with one of my closest friends, and we took turns coaching each other up the mountain. The key was that we never stopped, and kept telling ourselves, "After we get to the top, we can tell EVERYONE 'I conquered that' every time we look on Mansfield." No negativity was allowed, and we were SO proud to have made it!!
Another site I read just posted an article similar to this. The author quoted Woody Allen as saying "Eighty percent of success is just showing up." I think it's brilliant advice, and it goes hand-in-hand with this. No matter how nasty I feel, if I just lace up my shoes and go, in about 5 minutes I've hit my stride, and then I feel so much better afterward (not only a good workout, but a little bit of pride to boot!) Same thing goes for practicing my clarinet! If I tell myself, "Just a half hour" and actually sit down and start playing, odds are I go way over. Or dieting. Plan out my meals and then just do it, don't think about it, and then I feel great anyway. If I find that I still have trouble with the willpower thing, that's when I try to find another path toward my goal and see if I like that better. But this article is definitely spot-on!
The concept of the wall can be applied to so much more than just running - it can be applied to just about everything in life. There will always be walls standing in our way...the question becomes, can I climb over that wall?
I just saw on television what the work out wall is. The work out wall comes when all the glucose was coming out of his system. What happens then is that you feel really weak like you just can't go on, but if you do you start burning fat. Heavens wasn't that the point all along. The body fights that switch but after that happens.. Ah success. I have to wonder if the dieting wall might not be the point at which you would actually start losing fat as well. I just HAD to share.
good to revisit this article. I had just about decided to give up, not only with my weight and exercise but with parts of life in general. God only wants me to focus on now, I cannot change what was and I cannot know for sure what will be. Enjoy the now.
Great Article! I am reminded of a quote from Professor Pausch that he gave in his "Last Lecture" (if you haven't seen it, you MUST watch it on youtube, it is a life changing speech) He said that brick walls are put in your path to test how much you truly want something, not to stop you from getting what you want. I found that so profound, and I use those words every day to motivate me through a rough patch.
great article, julie! i'm not a runner, but i can easily translate these tips to my personal goals. Thanks!
4/4/2008 9:52:37 AM
Exactly what I needed to hear! I always wondered what mental "dialogue" finishers used! The hardest part of running is the battle with that little voice that says, "You can stop, it won't matter" Now I have some strategies to deal with satan....umm i mean the voice!
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