Go For A Run

If you want to organize your thoughts, go for a run. This is just one of the many realizations I had today after loading both of my kids into the stroller and braving the fires of Hell (Florida heat). I have recently started on a journey to get back into shape. I have begun changing my eating habits but have been battling adding the physical activity piece. I seem to frequently find myself busy, or, I am simply avoiding it altogether.

As a counselor, I can hear myself offering guidance to clients such as, w e don’t make changes until we are too uncomfortable , and w e make time for what is important . Apparently, playing on my phone more than I am proud to admit is more important than getting in shape and becoming the best version of myself. That is a hard sentence to type because now it is real—it is out there, but it is so true.

Part of this journey is about changing my relationship with food, too. Up until today, my analytical mind wasn’t quite comprehending how logging and weighing my food was going to change my relationship with food. To be quite honest, if I could get away with cheeseburgers, pizzas, and fries, I would, but low and behold, it has gotten me to this point—so, joke’s on me, right? However, during my run today, it struck me—it’s neuroplasticity.

To put it simply, our brains are capable of reshaping, much like plastic. Therefore, when we do something different than what we’ve always done, we build a new connection, and the more we do this, the stronger the connection becomes. I recognize the desire to have results immediately. If I weigh this piece of chicken, then I will suddenly become a lean, mean fighting machine. Unfortunately, it is not that easy. Through my experience, I have learned that everything truly worth it requires work (e.g., my marriage, career, spirituality, mental health, etc.). I suppose I gained more from my run today than I anticipated. Until the next run . . .

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