The universe has given me a few signs today which have suggested I need to shift my perception of things. Here’s how I currently see things: I’ve started this challenge at a ridiculous time of year. We have now hit the colder and darker period of time and I’m facing rain, poor visibility, numb fingers and dark mornings and this is adding up to feeling very unenthusiastic about going outside to exercise.
Because I didn’t get out yesterday morning to run, I missed one of my run days. I’d completed a DVD workout instead but I slept badly last night and woke up feeling not quite myself. Something wasn’t quite settled in me and throughout the day, as I mulled on this feeling, I realised what it was – I missed my run. I missed the happy feeling afterwards and the calm my body feels having completed it. And here we are now at 7pm and I really want to run. But I really don’t want to run in the dark – a dilemma indeed.
But as I said, the universe has been sending signs today, if you believe in that sort of thing. Otherwise I’ve just been reading into things I’ve seen or heard or experienced and fitted them into what I want to think and believe. Either way, here is how I am trying to look at things now – how I’m trying to shift my perspective: yes I could have started this challenge in the summer and enjoyed some lovely sunny runs at 8pm and beyond but actually, maybe the way I’ve done it is better. Because winter weather can bring you down. Less sunshine and more time inside can have a genuinely negative impact on your mindset. Like plants who bloom and blossom in the summer months, we are at our best in the sunshine.
So if I know that I am going to feel less sunny and positive due to the change in season, light and weather, I am now in a much stronger position to counterbalance that with the positive effects of exercise. Last winter season I sat inside eating cake and wondering why I had no energy and didn’t feel quite myself. This year I have the superpower of exercise. I have to pick my time and make it work in the day, ideally whilst there is still light, but I can harness those magical exercise endorphins and use them to my advantage.
The other sign the universe sent me tonight was our village magazine, which I happened upon whilst tidying. In it there is a weekly timetable of village events and tonight at 8pm there was the village circuits group session. It was one of my goals to attend one of these sessions before the end of my challenge and, given the messages the universe has been throwing at me today, I decided to listen and so here I am, back home, after an hour of circuits. But that, my friends, is a story for another day.