A setback is just a set up for a comeback and an awesome tale to weave. Right? It’s time for me to write my comeback story. It’s time to rebuild my health and fitness from scratch. I will concentrate on methodically and gradually building myself into a complete athlete over the next six months. I’m ready to move away from those nagging little injuries, mental burnouts, and frustration.
I will concentrate on methodically and gradually building of a complete athlete. Steady and deliberate progress will bring consistency I will sharpen and fine tune myself as I get closer to an event. The first major change will be in my running schedule. There won’t be any running. I’ll be abstaining from running for the next six months. I want to go further and faster but my mind and body isn’t ready. I think that is what happened when I did my long run while I was on Long Island. I ended up messing with my calves and tendons. To minimize my risk of injury, I need to improve systems that will support my running and athletic endeavors. I have to get stronger and increase my range of motion. I have to find and resolve imbalances. I also have to regain my confidence.
Improving my nutrition and making healthy eating choices is my top priority. I want to focus on my diet because it’s the low hanging fruit that will return the biggest gains to my health and fitness. It’s easier to control what and how much I eat than burning energy through activity. A five minute food decision to withhold extra calories is faster than one hour of exercise to burn those calories.
Food provides the material my body needs to function properly, the energy for activity, and the building blocks to grow. Our ancestors were able to seek out and find the appropriate amount of calories for their environment. You would think that we’d be eating optimally with the knowledge and technology we have. Instead, our environment and society has caused many of us to gain unhealthy weight and forget how to eat well. We’re still not getting the nutrients we need to have a great diet. I want to use our knowledge and technology to eat optimally.
I want to create a sustainable eating lifestyle. It’s going to be a process. I’m making small changes to my diet. Small changes add up. This is a long term solution, not a short term fix. I want to move away from counting calories or points to eating intuitively. I am creating a new diet one bite at a time and one meal at a time. At home, I’ll be restricting the option for food so I’m not tempted everyday by food that won’t get me to my goals. It will make my decision making easier and exerting my willpower doesn’t have to a struggle. The small changes I will make will have a multiplicative effect in my life. Not only will I be healthier but being physically active will be easier. I don’t have to haul around excess weight as I walk, hike, bike, etc.
I’m starting from scratch because of a setback but it is setting me up for an amazing comeback. I’ll be using what I’ve learned in the past and the knowledge I’m discovering now. Most importantly, I’m taking action now. I am making this a priority since my health and fitness touches every aspect of my life. I’m not waiting until the beginning of next year or next week or tomorrow. I’m doing it now because I want to do more and go further tomorrow.
What are you doing to craft a better and healthier you? What do you want to accomplish with a healthier and more capable body?