Visualization is a technique that helps build committment and encourages progress. At least it does for me. I stumbled upon this by accident toward the end of the summer during one of my runs. I was jogging in the streets around my neighborhood, and it was that time in the day when the sun is rising and casting shadows on the road. I rounded the corner on the street and caught a glimpse of my shadow. My reaction was, Wow…is my @ss really that big? Please tell me my shadow is playing tricks on me!! So after that initial reaction, the rest of my run centered around one idea, one vivid picture , one visualization. With every step, I pictured myself Running My @ss Off…literally. Yup. Every step I took, I was indignant. I’m going to run my rump, my hocus-pocus, my bottom right off. Take THAT SHADOW.
It makes me laugh now, but my bum has always been the bain of my existence, it’s where all the Twinkies and CupCakes I have ever eaten still live. But when I was tired, or didn’t want to run (for whatever reason, cuz it DOES happen) — I go back to this one visualization. Gotta run it off! (_!_)
It was motivating. Still is. Then of course once you have an idea in your head, it has ways of bouncing around your head while you are running for 45 to 60 minutes, turning into crazier, zany-er stuff. While thinking about running off my bum, I think Rhianna was singing in my ear on my iPod. My thoughts wandered to all the contemporary songs written about those “apple bottom” girls on the dance floor. Running and sweating, I came to terms with the fact that I was more of a candy-apple or carmel-apple bottom girl myself 🙂
But through my running, I visualize what is possible. I imagine that through my hard work, that maybe, maybe I can strive to be a Gala, or (reach high Diane), maybe Red Delicious!
Gulp, that’s gonna take alot of running………but on the positive side, I may never enjoy a carmel-apple again! Avoidance therapy works too! LOL
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
Ciao for now…..Diane