Yes, I know Lent technically started yesterday, but being on time with posts is NOT my challenge.
I grew up in a very Catholic household, that over the years, grew less and less so. I would not consider myself a practicing Catholic. I’m not even a Christmas and Easter Catholic. Judge as you will. I have my own spiritual relationship with God, and choose not to define it through specific church doctrines. Again, judge as you will.
That being said, the idea of challenging myself to do something for 40 days is always exciting. I’ve done many a challenge, whether it be a running streak, yoga streak, no meat, no dairy, no grains, no soda… Well you get the idea.
This year, I’m pledging a couple of things that will improve my being:
– No eating candy. Candy is a huge weakness for me, but in most cases, I find I’m not any happier after eating than I was before. Cookies and cupcakes, still in play. Candy, you’re out of here.
No skipping training. I’ve found myself using excuses too often recently, and if I want to achieve my goals, I have to stop doing that. So, I’m not allowed to skip any scheduled training. I can adjust if necessary, such as scaling back on speed or distance if I’m not feeling well or feeling off, but I have to get out there. Also, if I really do need a day off on an on day, I can adjust my days. Tuesdays are really tough run days for me because I’m on the road every week, and am going for 12-14 hours straight. Sometimes, I may have to adjust.
Control my thoughts. I’ve been finding myself getting really angry, I mean very, very angry, much more often than I’ve ever experienced. It’s not okay. In some cases I need to just accept what I can’t change, in others, I need to put steps in place to ensure things don’t ever get to that point.
Not so simple, but important things to make changes to my life for the better.