Make a Pledge to Myself week returns
For the past couple of Octobers, I have spent the last week of the month making pledges to myself to better my health, my running and my outlook on life.
Year 1 was a decent success and actually led to a lot of changes that lasted into the next year. And one of those pledges -- no soft drinks -- is still going strong. The others gradually faded away.
Last year's "Make a Pledge to Myself Week," though, was a disaster. Aside from continuing to run a trail regularly because I live right next to one, nothing else really worked. I made goals to do more planks, to do speed work and to write more ... none of those things happened.
The only thing that has truly stuck is no soft drinks, which I recommitted to a year ago. Aside from ginger ale when I've been sick, I've remained soft-drink free for 2 years. Since that has stuck, making that pledge will not be a part of my posts for the next five days.
Right now I'm taking a look back at what worked well two years ago and what's failed since then to come up with better and realistic pledges. I need these pledges to make sense to me and to mean something.
These pledges also have to tie into my 26 goals to my next marathon as well -- they have to help me cross those goals off my list between now and mid-April.
For example, when I look back on my pledges from two years ago, doing things like eliminating wrapped candy and potato chips helped me lose weight then -- that's one of my major goals in the next few months, so maybe that pledge will be back (or at least something very similar)
So for the next 5 days, Make a Pledge to Myself Week is back for another attempt so that I'm in a better place on Dec. 31 than I am on Nov. 1 ... and in the best shape possible for the Blue Ridge Marathon in April.