The power or ability to begin or to follow through energetically with a plan or task; enterprise and determination.
Don’t you love New Years? Everything seems possible! We’re going to lose 20 pounds. stop eating processed foods, get to the gym, declutter our homes, get our finances squared away, save more money, be nicer to everyone . . . the list goes on & on because a new year = a new beginning.
Or so we think. But how many resolutions do you actually follow through on? That’s right, in order to change, you need a hefty dose of initiative. So it’s not just setting that resolution, it’s actually following through on it.
How I set myself up to get out the door early
This week’s prompt was just perfect; thank you Deb! Because the following is something I wanted to share.
My group runs start early. Not as early as some of you, but we meet between 6-7 am depending on the length of the run. Here’s what I do to make it happen:
Lay out my clothes the night before
My husband is still in bed when I leave. It’s bad enough I’m taking the dogs in & out, but turning on the lights to grab my gear would not be appreciated. Although I’ll admit occasionally I forget something and I still have to go in and search for it.
Put out my out my fuel in my running bag
If it’s a run longer than an hour, I probably need something right before the run and during the run. And I’ll want to pop an electrolyte tab into my water afterward. And probably eat a snack. So all that goes in my running bag the night before
Put sunblock, anti chafe cream, lip balm out the night before
So I don’t forget to put all that stuff on.
Cut up my RockTape
If I’m taping. When I used KT Tape it was preforated, but RockTape isn’t. I don’t want to think about what I need, I want to just grab it & apply it.
If it’s overnight oats, it’s just a matter of putting it together sometime during the week. If it’s baked oatmeal, I put it in a mini crockpot the night before so all I have to do is take it out and eat it. And I always have a few bars on hand in case there’s some kind of emergence (oversleep, something going on with the animals).
I’m seriously in awe of people who roll out of bed and run. It takes a lot of initiative for me to get out that door!