Put on a Happy Face…

…after all, the show must go on.

No worries – the title of the post is not implying that I’m in a down mood and in need of cheering, but rather that sometimes when I don’t want to do something, I just need to move myself through the steps of preparation and then before I know it, I’ll be doing my thing. I think about actors sometimes, having to display emotions on their faces and bodies that may not necessarily match what they’re feeling inside, yet as they say, the show must go on, and like Tony Bennett crows — “Pick out a pleasant outlook…Slap on a happy grin…spread sunshine all over the place…and put on a happy face.” So today’s challenge is to get back on the wagon. Yes, I’m talkin’ about the walking/running wagon.

I’d been diligently following my Active plan and had completed the fourth week, when changes in weather, visiting Contractors for a week, and my internal lazy monster made their visits.  This isn’t to say that I ditched my exercise plan altogether — I did compensate with in-home cycling sessions at varying levels of intensity, and did continue my beloved walks admiring beautiful homes, and scaling the various hills in my neighborhood.  However, when I tried incorporating some running into a walking errand last week, I did notice that my body was not havin’ it.  Although I do try to push myself further, I also value listening to its signals, so I jogged the bits and pieces that I could, but knew that I needed to get back into THE PLAN.

So, today, Monday — I am moving myself back to the start of week 2 of my Active plan, and will work my way back to where I was.  Although I am even more utterly convinced that I am NOT a runner, I am determined to thoroughly complete this eight-week plan.  My end goal, besides improved health and the joy of completing the challenge, is to get myself to a point where I can run a good part of a 5K event.

My running attitude may currently be gray and gloomy, a “full-of-doubt-look” may be covering my outlook, but I’m in my cutest exercise clothes, the Nano is charging, and I’m determined to spread some sunshine, and Put on a Happy Face!

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