|Cakes & Ale -- don't remember what it was called, so I'll name it "The Chocolate Gut Bomb".|
|Cakes & Ale -- Caramel Bundt Cake aka "The Caramel Gut Bomb"|
After all the food, beverage, and Robert Downy Jr. I could handle, it was time to get back to being good this morning. My body, now finished begging for rest and calorie-dense foods, was ready for some fruit and exercise!
I left the meeting armed with several motivational quotes and mantras to meditate on for today's run:
If you don't know where you're going, it is impossible to get there.
You can not become the person you wish to be tomorrow if you make an excuse for not being that person today.
If you are happy 80% of the time, you will spend 80% of your time worrying about the other 20%.
Confidence is not built by doing only what we know to be safe.
You see, this guy is just a quote machine!
Armed with all of this motivation and inspiration, I left work for a flat and fast 8-miler at a nearby recreation along the Chatahoochie River. I always enjoy running here, not just for the reprieve from Atlanta's hills, but for the fact that I can feel somewhat removed from the choking congestion, horns, and exhaust of the city. Don't get me wrong, I love being a city runner, but when it's already hot and humid you I need a nice tree-lined path or road away from all the noise.
I thought a lot about living in the moment. We certainly did THAT this weekend. I still feel the residual guilt of calories consumed lingering at the back of my conscience. I thought about how lucky I am to have those moments of indulgence along with the will and desire to come back to doing something good for my body. I tried to identify anything from my past I still allow to hold me back. I rethought my approach to the grandiose goals for my future that are so intimidating I've held off on attempting to achieve them. I thought about our meeting, and a question the speaker posed to all of us, "Use two words you would want others to perceive you as."
I decided I want to be Funny and Fierce. Because I know exactly when I do or do not wish to be taken seriously. I want the liberty to talk about bodily functions and the grosser aspects of being a runner, but I want to be perceived as someone with the drive and conviction to be taken seriously as a trainer and an athlete.
Step 1: Dusting off those ACE books....
What two words do YOU want others to think of, when they think of you?