Keeping On!

Day 23 of my 30-day challenge

Day 23 of My 30-Day Challenge

It is 8:15 p.m. Trinidad time, and I have had a very long, eventful day—and I’m tired.  I started my day off at 6 a.m. to get in a little treadmill run at the hotel fitness center before leaving for our meeting.  I knew I would have so much more energy and be more alert if I started my day off like that rather than sleeping in.

I don’t run on treadmills often (only when I’m in hotels), and so it takes me a few minutes to get used to it.  I fiddle around with all the controls for the first five or ten minutes before I really get into my run, and today was no exception.  But finally, I got the thing figured out and got about three miles in (counting the time I spent fiddling with controls).  I really wanted to go 3 1/2 miles, but I didn’t know if I had time.  The clock in the workout room was high on the wall to my right.  I was clipping along at a pretty good pace and turned to check the time—and that’s the last thing I remember before being thrown to the “floor” of the treadmill, which by the way, continued to clip along at a good pace.  I was quite discumboombolated, to say the least (I have no idea how to spell that word, but since I’m pretty sure that it’s not a word, I don’t think it matters).  After finally being spit off the track of the relentless treadmill, I sprawled there on the floor in a daze—but only for a couple of seconds, because that is how long it took for my pride to kick in and remind me that if I didn’t hurry and get up someone might walk in and witness me on the floor beside the running treadmill and draw some unflattering conclusions.  I had some pretty nasty “tread burns” (similar to carpet burn) on my hand, arm and knee, but all in all, I’m doing fine (and my pride is perfectly in tact).

I returned to my room, did a little stretching (doubly inspired to prevent soreness today) and got ready for a day of meetings.  The meetings were incredible (as always) and lasted till about 5 p.m.  Afterwards, we had dinner with a friend and just got back to our room minutes ago.  I had yet to write a post today, and I will confess, I considered skipping tonight.  BUT I AM NOT A QUITTER!  And besides, I made this public 30-day challenge to post to the blog every day for the month of July.  How embarrassing would it be to miss a day?  I don’t want to find out.  And so, to keep from breaking the chain—and to keep from embarrassing myself—I write.  This public challenge thing is really quite effective!

Which leads me to a final thought before I go to bed.  Be thinking about an area where you would like to challenge yourself.  This is truly effective.  I have decided that I am going to do it again next month (with a new and different challenge for myself).  You’ve got a little over a week to come up with a good, quality challenge.  We’ll start on August 1.

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4 Responses to Keeping On!

  1. Kristie Spielmaker says:

    I am truly inspired by your commitment to this challenge! It inspires me! My water challenge has been going pretty good. There have been a few days that I didn’t meet my goal, but my water intake has increased 10 fold from what it was before the challenge. Also, I have a taste for water. There are many times where my preference is water over anything else and that is progress.

    I am already formulating a plan for the next challenge…..

    I can’t wait to hear about your trip! Thank you for going for all of us!!!

    • Diane says:

      Sounds like you are making wonderful progress on the water challenge, Kristie. I’m excited to hear about your next challenge. I’m already delightfully savoring mine. 🙂

  2. Cindy Lofton says:

    I’ve always had a fear of falling on a treadmill! Yikes!! Hope your burns are not too painful.
    I know what my next challenge will be, too. This one will really be a test for me, though. I’m already having to reject unbelief that I can’t do it for 30 days straight. (it’s going to be getting up at the same time every day- with my alarm. The time is still to be determined.) I think knowing my ‘why’ for this challenge is going to be the thing that gets me out of bed. (as well as some coffee brewing that will be timed with my alarm. ha ha)
    I am really enjoying your blog, Diane. It is really helping me to think through things more and exercise my brain. I am inspired & challenged by your desire to learn & be knowledgeable of everything that you touch. This has been an undeveloped area in me for a long time and now I feel a new faith & desire to grow & learn in very practical ways just like you have done.
    have a great rest of your trip. Jason & I have been reading Insight every day and talking about how awesome it must be to be there. Like Kristie said, thank you for representing for us!

    • Diane says:

      Cindy,
      I like your new challenge. I know you can do it, and after the end of 30 days, it will be a breeze! How has the current challenge worked? Have you consistently been in the word at least 5 minutes each day?
      Thanks for the nice comments on the blog. You are so encouraging, and I really need that encouragement. Today’s post actually asks for some specific information. I hope you will contribute. We are coming to the end of the challenge, and I am making plans for next month’s blogging, and I really need input.
      We are really having a wonderful–and intense–time here. More to come on that later. For now, let me just say WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD WE ARE A PART OF!!!
      Thanks again for comments, Cindy. They mean a lot to me.
      Diane

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