Sunday, June 05, 2011
At the end of March I decided to set an activity goal of taking ten thousand steps a day. Since Iíve been using my BodyBugg itís tracked automatically and I simply upload the information in my computer each evening. Itís ninety percent accurate. April was a really great month! I averaged 11,202 steps each day. I was feeling really good. Nothing could stop me, could it? I sat down to total up and average out the month of May. As I looked at my figures I saw some pretty big numbers. YeahÖÖÖÖ there were some small ones but mostly nice five digit numbers. I felt confident, until I averaged the totalsÖÖÖÖ 9,688. I ran the figures again, then had Joan run them and they still came out the sameÖÖ. 9,688. I had failed to reach a goal. My world started to crumble and I swear I could feel my waistline slowly but surely expanding on me!!! I was 312 steps a day short of my goal. I sat at my computer with sweat forming around my brow. I was calculating how many steps Iíd have to make up in June to compensate and suddenly I sat back in my chair and asked myself why in the name of all that was sane and sacred was I freaking out? Plain and simple, after further review, I had fallen short of reaching a goal. It wasnít from lack of effort or desire. There were some days, out of business necessity that I spent four hours or more in my car traveling. There was at least a week I spent on my hands and knees pulling up carpet, padding and vinyl from our ground water attack early in the month. I made an effort every single day to get those 10,000 steps into my activity.
Reality, well reality is reality. Itís like a feather on a windy day, it blows as and where it chooses and sometimes we are simply along for the ride. Do I wish May had turned out different? Yes, indeed I do. Is there much I can do in June? Not really. Every morning when I wake up my intention is to walk my 10,000 steps. I havenít given up or set it aside because there is a degree of difficulty to achieving it. Thatís how I know itís a good goal. Itís going to be hard.
Iím not fooling anyone, including me when I put goals out there that are simple and easy to reach. It may give me some sort of false sense of pride but really, I know what Iím doing and when I try to fool myself. In the long run it never works.
So my May wasnít what I expected it to be. I could give you a million reasons why and youíd probably agree with most of them but suffice to say I have found a goal thatís going to be tough to attain and then maintain.
Thatís how I know itís a good one.