Sunday night I ran my first ever 8 mile long run. I was feeling a pretty even mixture of nervousness and excitement as I started out – nervousness wondering how I would do and excitement for the feeling of accomplishment that I knew would be waiting on me at the end.
About halfway through my run I realized a very important truth about completing my run – a truth that applies to weight-loss as well as nearly any other endeavor in life:
The question isn’t: is it hard or easy. The question is: will I do it or won’t I?
The run wasn’t terribly hard, but it wasn’t especially easy either. It was hot, I was tired and I could have been justified in stopping, but I hadn’t finished what I started until I passed that 8 mile mark.
To reach my goal, I just had to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Consistency equals results. Barring any unforeseen injuries, attitude is 90% of the game.
Do or do not, there is no try.