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Goals = Failure

I finally reached my goal of "run for 200 days." I undertook this effort on 3 October 2006, or about 848 days ago. I have run approximately once every four to five days.

My pace on my very first run, after I had not been running for several years, was ten minutes per mile.

My pace on my most recent run, after two and a half years of running, was ten minutes per mile.

Self-improvement is not an option.

Oh, to rub salt in the wounds: I have severely curtailed my Coca Cola intake since returning from Montana. For a week now I have had no more than 16 ounces of cola per day. Some days I've had less than half that much. Today I've had none. I've been drinking juice and water. Also, I've curtailed the cheese sandwiches in my lunch, and have been eating apple slices and carrots, and a few tortilla chips. Most mornings I eat only half an English muffin instead of a whole one. I have run 10 kilometers a day for the past six days, and I have done 101 sit-ups and 100 push-ups a day for the last five days.

My weight has gone up.

At work I got a lukewarm reception to my idea for setting up a DLN link with a school in New Hampshire so their kids could share their studies of ancient Polynesian navigation methods with our students. I was very much looking forward to this, and thought the idea would be warmly received.

I left my new friends at the Salt Lake City airport one week ago. At this exact time, one week ago, I was on a Delta Airlines jet halfway between Los Angeles and Honolulu.

Now, I'm back in the same old rut. The rut of failure.


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Jan. 30th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Two notes: Muscle weighs more than fat. Once you reach a certain age, it is self-improvement when you can still perform as well as you did years ago.
Jan. 30th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
I second what @dblume said. Don't get down on yourself, the scale isn't always the best measure, right? Have you thought about taking your actual measurements? That might give you a better gauge against your progress, but even if it doesn't, it's an accomplishment that you manage to do all these things.

Also, are you getting 8 hours of sleep? That can affect the weight thing, as I mentioned on plurk.

Jan. 30th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
When you are young you excercise to get stronger, faster. That takes effort.
When you are more mature you excercise to get better and gain more skills. That takes effort and dedication.
When you are older you excercise to keep your strenght and speed up. That takes effort and is hard work.
When you are old you excercise to stay in healty shape and to slow the loss of perfromance. That takes a lot of effort.
When you are realy old you excercise to ... well, you don't remeber why but you've always done so ... That still takes effort.

I am now switching into the third stage.
Jan. 30th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
How about a new goal - not being so hard on yourself. =]
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