To appropriately reflect on 2015 and some personal accomplishments I achieved that I believe are worth sharing, I am working on a lengthy introspective post that will be on the blog this weekend. For today, however, I wanted to share a simple thought I just had while running off my New Years Eve homemade taleggio, arugula, pear, caprese, and grape pizza.
So much of my personal obstacles in life have revolved around the fact that I lollygag. I take too long to do almost everything…I am that person in the grocery store that, when I have the time, will pick up labels and observe brands; I take note of how containers and materials feel in my hand, the color palette used on packaging and how that appeals or doesn’t appeal to my taste; I compare which organic coconut water has less sugar than the other organic coconut water (which is important…always buy the one with the least amount of sugar and natural ingredients you can pronounce). I always have so many thoughts running through my brain about things as I’m doing them…this very second I’m thinking about how behind I am on blog posts.
So, like I said before I got sidetracked about labels and the grocery store, I was just on the treadmill. I ran 3 miles and it took exactly 30 minutes. In my usual “ease into things” way, I started at 2mph, allowed myself 1 minute and 15 seconds before I cranked up to 6mph. I was thinking: “Wow. I really don’t want to be on this treadmill right now. This song is meh. But now I have more muscles, so I obviously should keep going. Is that fat jiggling on my stomach? Ew. At least it’s way less than ever before. What else do I need to do before I have to leave the apartment today at 4:00pm? My hair is falling down. Why does my hair always fall out of its bun when I run? My leggings aren’t staying up. UGHHHH.” *-hop to the sides of treadmill track to fix hair and pull up leggings.* Okay…let’s keep going.”
I was back and forth with this mental mess until I hit about 1 mile. Then, Demi Lovato’s “Confident” came on the Spotify ‘Fun Workout’ playlist. All of a sudden, thanks to Demi screaming “what’s wrong with being confident?!” in my ears, I had a moment of epic. I breathed, cranked up the treadmill to 7.0 mph, and an internal voice screamed “COME ON ELLIE” with the fierceness of “THIS. IS. SPARTTTAAAAAA!” And all of a sudden, before I knew it, I made up for lost time and really ran the remaining 2 miles. I was reminded that my body is a machine, and I can treat it as such…which is an amazing feeling.
This is one of the many reasons I now love being active every day. Just. Do. Something. I was that person who made every excuse to not move. (A lot of this for me was mental issues caused by eating terribly…more about this in upcoming lengthy reflective wellness article). So, what’s the bottom-line? Today’s treadmill thought: If you lollygag and keep yourself from just doing things in life, you miss a lot. When your inner warrior rises and you push yourself to crank the speed up to 7.0mph, you get a lot more accomplished in much less time, and you feel much better about yourself. We can do so many things in a day.
Then, after this thought hit me like a ton of bricks…I walked straight up to the apartment, sat down at my laptop a sweaty mess, and cranked this article out in 30 minutes. It usually takes me about 2 hours to write a blog post. I can’t wait to keep using this, “Just do something. Now.” philosophy in my life (and with this blog) and see what happens. Happy 2016!
*Feature photo credit: the website of the apartments we live in, because I was too busy having a life epiphany on the treadmill to take a picture of my feet on it.