Posted by: sharonseidel | October 30, 2014

A Few Life Lessons

So I have learnt a few little lessons this week that I would like to share with the class:

 1.Trying to complete a 27km walk on a 34 degree (celsius) day is not a good idea:

Last Sunday was the 7 Bridges Walk.  This is the third year that I have signed on for this and apart from the horrible hill about 20km in at Hunters Hill, it is always a really nice day.  This year, I was anticipating no different.  At about 7.30am on Sunday, my stepfather came downstairs and informed me that I had to get ready and go straight way, because the weather report said that Sydney would be sweltering under 34 degrees and I should start the event as early as possible.This should have been my first clue.  I rushed and was dropped off at Milsons Point about half an hour earlier than originally planned. Then I had to wait about 20 minutes in a queue to register and didn’t get underway until about 9.20am.  The first 10km was not too bad, but then the heat kicked in, and by the time I reached the Gladesville Bridge, it was horrible.  It was hot, everything was sweaty and I was chafing in all kinds of unpleasant places.  By the time I finished the Figtree Bridge ( the final bridge), I was done.  I finished 17.5km and threw in the towel.  So, do not attempt to walk this distance in this kind of heat – I have done it and do not recommend the experience.

2.The camera does not lie and avoiding the pic does not change the facts:

For the last few 12WBT rounds, I have avoided the “before” bikini pic.  This round, I decided to man up and take the pic and I am here to say, the few kilos does not make for a pretty picture.  But the upside of this is that I have now faced the facts and am determined to change the picture. And no, I am not posting the picture here, I am all for full disclosure, but NO.

3.Following the rules works:

All I can say, is that I have kept to my calories and the scales have moved down over a kilo and half since Monday – calories in versus calories out, who knew?

4.  Accentuate the positive:

There is absolutely no point in dwelling on negative things.  I could beat myself up for not finishing the walk and be down on myself for gaining a few kilos, but what would that achieve? All I can do is move forward and change my outcomes for the future.  It does not help me to focus on the less positive things, all I can do is to look ahead and work towards the future……and much more attractive bikini selfie in 12 weeks 🙂

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