Yesterday morning, I decided to make a batch of healthy pancakes for my brother and me. I had seen a few recipes on Pinterest and wanted to tweak them to my liking. I threw a number of things into a bowl for the batter and started to get pretty excited about these pancakes.
Well, here’s the thing: I am not good at pancakes. I can make a batter that will produce delicious pancakes, but the pancakes themselves are usually a flop (no pun intended…okay maybe it was a little intended).
Long story short, my pancakes ended up looking like this:
(Sorry for the horrible photo quality–I wasn’t planning on blogging about this but just found it to be too funny not to share.)
When my brother walked in, he laughed aloud at the giant pile of scrambled pancakes on his plate. BUT he did love the flavor. They didn’t even need syrup! I’ll post a recipe and better pictures once I’ve made some pancake-flipping progress (my dad promised to teach me).
As I was eating these “pancakes,” I started thinking about why I hadn’t been motivated lately. I know that Christmas Break means relaxing and being unproductive, but I’ve lost motivation to run as well…which isn’t acceptable, considering that my marathon is in a little over 3 months.
And then it hit me.
I had decided to pursue both a marathon training plan and a weightlifting plan simultaneously, which gave me specific workouts to be doing 6/7 days of the week. I thought this would be a good idea, but I was very, very wrong. I would look at my full workout schedule at the beginning of each week and just roll over in bed because I was too overwhelmed to even start.
I’m the type of person who needs to concentrate on one major fitness goal at a time. If I tried to pursue both at once, I would just end up mediocre at both (if even that), instead of excelling while fully focused on one. I mean, if I’m feeling overwhelmed now, what would I have done once school started?
For that reason, I decided to ditch the weightlifting efforts until after the marathon. As soon as I made that decision, I felt a huge weight lift off my shoulders (I’m just nailing these puns today!). I immediately felt more ready to tackle this marathon!
Question for you:
Have you ever set too many goals at once? Were you able to achieve them to the best of your ability, or did you find that prioritizing yielded better results?