I was very lazy when I first started college. I treated it like high school and thought that if I put in half the effort, I’d pass. I learned that this was not the case. I failed 3 out of 4 of my classes in my first semester. That is not something I am proud of, but it is the truth. I started to put more effort in and try to give at least 75% of my effort. I could say 100%, but that would have left no energy for partying, which I did very well.
In my third year of college, my sister was in a terrible car accident. She was a senior in high school at the time and spent several weeks recovering from her injuries and necessary surgery. My sister and I had never been close as kids. We were three years apart and had completely different groups of friends.
After this accident, my sister and I grew very close. She needed assistance with everything from showering to blending food in shakes (her jaw was wired shut). I remember going to college, then work and then being at my sister’s side just about everyday. It was exhausting, but it was what had to be done. I was taking five classes that semester and I got the best grades of all my years in college. My sister and I also became best friends.
Why the walk down memory lane? Well, I realized that I work best when the work is in abundance. When life is quiet and simple, I tend to be lazy and uncommitted. When I am juggling many tasks, I tend to stay focused and do my best. So, this never ending (but hopefully over) winter I was in a hibernation for the most part. I did some consistent running, but nothing too challenging. I thought about getting my diet cleaner, getting stronger, blogging more consistently, etc. I did none of it.
While I am just getting to the latter, the rest of the list is being handled. Two weeks ago I started the Jamie Eason LiveFit weight training program. This is the same plan I did last year before I started training for NYC. It requires a clean, protein-rich diet and consistent weight training. I am also training for the Brooklyn Half with my favorite local coach, NYCRunningMama. She has me doing some extremely challenging speedwork and long runs these days. On top of all that, work is great and home is even better. I’ve even managed a social life with friends and family over the last few weeks and I’m caught up on Shameless.
So, that’s trick I guess, at least for me. All this talk about goals and consistency and I just needed to get busy and stay busy. I am not advocating it for anyone else. This is what works for me. What I am really saying is find what works for you. Maybe you need to have the accountability, then you should hire a trainer or at least get a workout buddy. If you are a planner, add all your meals and workouts to your Google calendar.
So tell me, what works for you?
On a side note, I was on an NBC News special this past Sunday on Climate Change with Ann Curry. I promised back in September to tell you when it would air… and it has. Ooops, sorry. Here’s a link to the show online. My family’s piece is mostly in segments 4 and 6, but it’s worth watching the whole episode. Very interesting (and not just because I’m in it.)