Let me come right out and say it, “I failed at meeting my Century goal of 100 kilometers by March 1.”.
I missed it by around 20 kilometers. I say “around 20” because it’s not yet March 1st and I’ll still get one more dog walk in tonight. But finishing on time is, at this point, unachievable.
I’m disappointed in myself, to be quite honest. I missed a lot of gym mornings and after work walks that would have certainly propelled me over the finish line with little effort. But….I didn’t do it. I slept in when I shouldn’t have, I let Grace go for a walk with someone else instead of insisting on taking her myself (or going alone). In simple words, I didn’t make my goal a priority and it stalled, faltered and died. Simple as that.
I was thinking this morning about ultimately having failed and how I should put a positive spin on it and that I got 78km done and that’s better than nothing and I was injured and life happened and I still deserve to feel good about the result, blah blah blah. But honestly, that’s bullshit. I set a goal, I could have achieved the goal and I didn’t put my energy into it. Fail. So having been realistic about the failure and my feelings about it, now I will be positive (and realistic) about what to do next.
I piddled away February. I gave a half assed (and sometimes no) effort and I am experiencing the results of that. I feel crappy, my mood is crappy, my spirit is low. I hear negative words in my head and I talk myself out of nearly everything without even trying to fight back.
I am so grateful though, that I am awake and aware enough to admit to wasting the month of February and that I can look at what happened, where I got stuck and get moving again. Yesterday my sister said that she thought that I was tough and that I was a fighter. Sometimes fighting and being tough takes a shit-tonne of energy though, both mental and physical. Sometimes that energy just isn’t there….and it wasn’t in February.
In order to help myself be more successful in March, I’m scaling back on the goals list and am going to focus my attention on the things that really bring a lot of added value for me. Painting my nails would be nice, organizing my cupboards would be great….but what I really need to do is refocus on the “SELF” goals and push away the noisy little stuff that can cloud my vision.
Strangely complimentary to my blog post is the one that my sister wrote today, go check it out: http://onelittlelifestory.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/not-making-a-choice-is-a-choice/
In the same vein as my post above and the one I just linked to, I am making the choice to choose to let the rest of February go. I’ve been trying to figure out ways to salvage the month and with three days left to go, it’s not saveable and that effort to keep pumping life into it is just reminding me of everything that I didn’t do.