I would call myself an optimist/realist; I would call my husband a pessimist. He tends to think of all the things that can go wrong and assume that they will. I acknowledge that things can go wrong and I don’t stick my head in the ground, but I assume that things will go right more often than not.
Helen Keller is so very right in the quote above. Our thoughts are powerful. Yes, things can and do go wrong even when we have positive thoughts, but with being positive, optimistic, and confident, we are just stacking the odds in our favor, and we can, indeed, achieve great things.
There’s lots of research that says we slow down as we get older. They do say that an adult onset runner, such as myself, can expect to see improvement for some amount of years before the inevitable slowdown.
This will be my fifth year of running half marathons — seriously, how did that happen? And I remain convinced that I have faster halfs ahead of me.
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
There’s a little bit of synchronicity going on in my world right now, too, because this week’s Weight Watchers subject is all about turning our negative thoughts into positive ones.
I continue to struggle with losing those last 5 pounds. I had a friend tell me maybe I should just forget about them (they’re known as vanity pounds for a reason). Except I am confident I will do it. Some day. Some year. And I believe that it’s still a worthwhile, healthy goal for me.
I won’t starve myself or cleanse myself, but I will continue to tinker with my healthy eating plan (which I like to call the Judy plan, which allows for chocolate and nut butter on a regular basis) until I find the right way of eating that lets me stay at a healthy weight.
I chose not to do the VA Beach half this year, despite the mild winter we’re having. It’s still the half I want to run in VA, especially as I have a runner friend who lives there. This year, even though I would have loved to get away during the winter, I realized that I had been through too much stress the second half of 2015 and training through the winter — even a mild one — was one stressor I just didn’t need.
I hope that when I choose to do VA Beach, the weather cooperates. I have faith that a flatter half will help me achieve a faster half. I am confident that I will enjoy finding out if flatter = faster, too!
What do you feel optimism for right now?