Walking seems to be such an easy thing to do, doesn’t it? What if you’re someone like me that thinks that if you CAN run, then it’s just wimping out to walk… that makes walking less easy. I’ve long since battled with the kind of competition within my own mind and soul that tells me that nothing is worth doing if it’s not worth doing as fast and as hard as you can. It can get to be a problem because there’s no middle ground. I either do something full on, balls to the wall or I don’t do anything at all. This type of thought pattern has infiltrated my entire life and while it’s not reasonable to repair that way of thinking in every aspect of my life in a day, it IS reasonable to work on changing it where I can.
This 3 week commuter challenge that I’m doing at work is a perfect time to work on ‘middle ground’. I made a commitment (a rather loud, noisy, braggerty one) to commute home from work under my own power 3 days a week for three full weeks. That’s a total of 24KM (15miles) per week and I quickly realized that if I didn’t find any middle ground in order to get this done, I would be doomed to failure. It does the competition, the commitment and me in general no good whatsoever to push my body to excess the first week and then be completely unable to continue on to the next two weeks.
So on Monday I ran most of the way home, having not yet discovered this need for middle ground. On Tuesday I forced myself to walk the entire way. To be honest? That sounded like torture to me. I really believed that walking home was just a cop out and that it didn’t ‘count’, regardless of how hard I worked at it. Well, as my sister so rightly pointed out, it’s not like I was strolling through the park with an ice cream in my hand… I push HARD all the way. The mental battle to ‘just run a bit’ was strong in my mind for a good portion of the 8K… So about halfway through, I decided that I would try running and see if that felt good… if it felt like I was flying then I would run. Well it felt like running with lead shoes on…. And I realized that I liked the middle ground. I was working hard, I was sweating and felt a good burn in my quads and the moments of drifting out of my own head into a meditative state. I’ve never been very good at shutting off my mind, regardless of how hard I tried. I’m easily distracted and I have a tendancy to have ‘thought trail diarrhea’ where I realize I don’t even know how I got from the original thought to the current one… I don’t particularly like that feeling of mindless thinking and every once in awhile it’s nice to not have your mind going a million miles an hour.
On Wednesday I walked home again… no thought of running entered my mind and I enjoyed the meditation and the free feeling that not being in constant competition with myself gave me.
Day 5 of my Whole40 is drawing to a close and I’m pleased to report that I am firmly on board for the full 40 days. I’ve also discovered again that sugar, even from grapes, makes me incredibly itchy. It’s interesting actually because sugar, when eaten with other crappy dietary choices, doesn’t seem to bother me as much. When I am clean eating and consuming too much natural sugar from whole foods, I get ridiculously itchy.
In the first five days I’ve noticed some de-puffing, better sleep (I wake up at 5:27 on the dot every day… like WIDE AWAKE) and better… um… bathrooming… ahem.
This coming Wednesday marks 10 days on W30 and ¼ of the way through. It’s an interesting journey to take this time because I know what to expect as far as feeling lousy (I haven’t yet) and as far as potential non-scale victories (as mentioned above). I’m keeping an open mind to new things to learn about myself and my body and food and the way my mind and body interact with food.
No choice in life but to just keep going forward. So forward I go!