Friday, March 9, 2012

It Shouldn't be this Hard!

So, despite not feeling well yesterday, I decided that I would go to the gym with my sister, after all. We were initially going to go use the treadmills at the school gym since my mom was going to be walking with her friend there, as well, but we decided against it at the last minute and drove the 15 minutes to the gym. When we pulled up to the gym, I realized that I forgot my gym card at home. Sitting outside of the gym, with a sore throat and no way in made me feel even more tired than I already was! I said "it shouldn't be this hard!" I just wanted to do something good for myself and nothing seemed to be going right. Despite my frustration, I pushed on and we drove back to the school gym where I completed W2D3 of the C25K Program. I felt so great afterwards. Sweating never felt so good!

In other news, and in effort to work on my 25 by 25 list, I have bought a healthy living book for myself titled "The Happiness Project". I'm about 1/3 of the way in to the book and it's a happy and fun read! It's given me some great ideas and it's a book that I look forward to reading again in the future, and I haven't even finished it yet!

I've been able to relate to the author in many ways, so far. She mentioned how she "didn't want to wait for a crisis to remake her life". She asks the question, "how can I discipline myself to feel grateful for my ordinary day?" That is something that is very important to me. I remember reading the quote "what a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner." I don't want that to be the case for me. I want to enjoy every day. I am blessed in so many ways; I am grateful for my ordinary days.

The greatest piece of information that I have picked up from this book is a lesson on the "Hawthorne Effect". This is where people being studied improve their performance simply because of the extra attention they are getting. This blog is my Hawthorne Effect. You are reading this, and because you are reading this, I am doing better in my life. I am trying harder; running farther; I am making healthier choices; I am going on more adventures; and, I am generally leading a more happy and full life. Before reading this book, I had no idea how much of a fan I was of the Hawthorne Effect; and how great of an effect it really has on me.

Also, by reading this book, I am working on number five of my 25 by 25 list:

5. Read 5 books regarding healthy living

I look forward to finishing this book soon and rewarding myself with another healthy living book shortly thereafter!

1 comment:

  1. I totally know what you (she) mean! The lady at the front desk at my gym the other day mentioned how I'm there so often, right on time, and I never miss a day.....knowing that she noticed is more motivation for me to show up as scheduled!

    I should call a dog Hawthorn in the future to remember that someone is always watching ;)

    Great job on your running girl!