Thursday, January 27, 2011

Negative Nancy

I missed a run this morning. I had every intention of getting out there, but I got side-tracked talking to a neighbor. We let Dobson and Henry (our respective puppies) play in the snow together and I completely lost track of time. Admittedly, I could have fit in the run, it was only 3 miles. I told myself to get dressed for the run, but my ass stayed firmly planted on the couch. As the minutes ticked by I remained on said couch, fully aware that my window of time was passing.

Sometimes the gap between wanting and doing seems insurmountable.

I started getting down on myself: How am I going to run a half if I can't get my ass out the door?, How am I going to finish my editing this thesis draft by next week? How am I going to loose weight so I can look super hot for the wedding? How, how, how....??

And there she was in all her glory, Negative Nancy. Since the beginning of the year I've been thwarting all of Nancy's attempts to get into my head, and this morning I was unsuccessful. Her words stomped on my confidence and quite simply just put me in a bad mood. So now I'm in my office on campus (that I share with two other part-timers) writing this blog, listening to some Gwen Stefani trying to eradicate Nancy and her negativity.

While the bright bubbly sounds of Gwen Stefani help, I still need to find a way to get Nancy to stay away FOR-EV-ER. So fellow bloggers, I ask for your advice. How do you keep Negative Nancy away? When she does show up, how do you make sure the visit is nice and short? Any advice would be helpful, I have some hill repeats on deck and I need to kick ass!

Dobson likes the interwebs too!

Post Script:
I am aware that there are others in this blogging community who plan on running the Cleveland (Half)Marathon in May. Let me take this time to say that Viper and I would be thrilled to meet some of you folks in person! We're even thinking about brewing a special beer in honor of the event. :-D


  1. Repeats + missed run = problem solved tonight! When I get down on myself, I prefer to let my stubbornness shine through. Keep calm and carry on, defiantly. I love you.

  2. I have already added both you and Viper to the list I'm compiling for the official blog/dailymile meet-up! I can't wait to meet you both. I think Viper and Spike are going to become BFF's! LOL! I'll put out a first email to all soon to touch base. Email me so I have your email address otherwise Viper will get it since I have his.

    Regarding Negative Nancy, unfortunately there's no way to get rid of her forever but you can keep her at bay by showing her who's boss. I motivate myself on hills by chanting "Hills are for Hero's!" over and over again! LOL!

    Can't wait to meet you in May!!!!

  3. I live off of spite. Granted I'm usually attempting to spite others, but it can work on yourself. Disembody the voice of Negative Nancy from your person, give her the finger and then defy her by doing what she says you can't do. Biotch won't know what hit her.

  4. nancy and i go way back. and though i've been fighting her for years and years i don't have any tips to offer. good luck lady!

  5. I think all women have negative nancy in our heads somewhere. Frustrating! Just try to show her the door whenever she creeps in.

    If I can get healthy in time, I may make a trip back to Cleveland for the 1/2. Will keep you posted!