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D12 Never Quit On A Hill

This morning I woke up at 4 a.m. feeling awful!! My stomach was KILLING me!! It hurt so bad it woke me up :( After about an hour it passed and I went back to sleep and woke up again at 8, but this time I woke up because it was time to wake up, not because I didn't feel good.


So glad whatever was hurting me passed quickly without any drama ;-)

At 8 I woke up and had a banana and a cup of coffee on the couch while watching HGTV, what a great morning :) At 9 I decided I wanted to run so I got dressed and off I went! It was dreary, overcast and drizzling but I was dressed for it and despite the clouds my disposition was sunny. I only went for 2.5 miles, I just wanted a quick easy run, a treat not a hardcore workout.

I started off with my warmup walk as I always do and started running after abut 1/3 mile. I wasn't really feeling it, but I kept going! I got about halfway up a hill and I started thinking "I really want to stop" but then I said "OK! You can stop but NOT on a hill! Get up this hill and then you can walk!" I kept going and pushed through the "I don't wanna's" and wouldn't you know that I couldn't stop!? I really found my groove and started having a blast!

And as often happens when I'm in my groove and allow my mind to wander I started thinking about how important it is to never quit when things get hard. When you're on a hill, it's hard but even if you have to slow down to a crawl, keep the running motion going! And if the going gets tough in other aspects of your life, keep the motion going. Weight loss, work, life...sometimes things get tough but don't stop just because things are hard! If you feel overwhelmed by something it's understandable that you'd want to quit but if you can push through that moment and wait til your head is a little clearer and you can really think the situation through, you probably won't regret it.

I'm very impulsive and I tend to act and then think. Sometimes that works for me but sometimes it hurts me. I am a Weight Watcher veteran; I've joined and quit more times than I can count-no, honestly...I've lost count. I usually make the decision to join on a whim and and then quit as soon as I have a bad week or don't feel like the program is working for me. Instead of taking a long hard look at what might be causing a stall or a gain I just decide that "I'm destined to be fat" or "this program doesn't work" and give up. Thankfully this last go-round is the last go-round but I've had to talk myself off a ledge more than once.

If you're really unhappy, if you're really struggling and if you really just can't take it anymore take a minute to think it through. Weigh the pros and cons of quitting whatever it is that you feel isn't working. Is it your job? Your diet? Your exercise routine? Your relationship? Some beautiful self discovery can happen when you're just about to give up but you push through. Maybe in the end you ultimately decide that it's time to move on and try something new but making a decision when you're frustrated and fed up might hurt you in the long run. Unfortunately we can't get back all the time we've wasted after giving up on ourselves but we can learn from those situations and not make the same mistakes in the future.

So wait until you're not in the thick of it to make your decision and instead say "I'll rethink it after I pass that telephone pole." or "I'm going to finish this project first and see if that helps the stress level at work" or "I'm going to share my tracker with my leader and see if she can suggest ways to get the scale to go the direction I want it to" or "I'm going to talk to my partner and wait one more month before I end things."

Of course there are certain situations where you NEED to jump ship quickly and that's OK but if you find yourself making impulsive decisions more than half the time maybe your ship isn't really sinking...

Take a breath. Get to the top of the hill.


You probably won't regret it!



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