Friday, February 28, 2014
So, I found my pedometer...and discovered it stopped working about the same time I did last year...thankfully my husband found a battery and he's managed to bring the pedometer back to life. That being said, I will begin wearing it with regularity again so I can track my steps and 'compete' against myself to log as many steps as possible each day.
When I returned to SP this year, I wasn't sure how active I was going to be on the site...turns out I'm pretty active again and I'm thrilled. I'm still taking things slowly as I don't wish to burn out or jump in to fast and then peter out. However, I've been reading lots of articles, participating in teams and just trying to learn things again. What I've learned is that I know the nutrition side of weight loss and I know that I need to exercise. I know these things...yet they don't stick. Soooooo.....the problem is in my head and I think it's time to address that with some professional help. Maybe someone can help me figure out why I sabotage myself and why I don't stick with my changes. I'll be exploring that option in the very near future.
One of the daily emails I received from SP had a really great article about a Streak....and I've decided I'm going to do this one. Now streaking is not a new thing, however, the reason I've decided to try this one is I've read a lot of articles and blogs where members are tracking their progress each day. One person had 800+ days of activity, weight loss, etc. Another person committed to working out every day, walking 10,000 steps per day. Each of these articles had one thing in common...they all made a commitment to themselves and stuck with it. They all saw tremendous results. I want that for me too!
The article I just read is about starting a streak on March 1st. It's a 20 day challenge to work out for at least 10 minutes on each of the 20 days. This is simple...I am pretty much doing this every night anyway. Although I've had some knee issues and I've taken it easy here and there. My knee is now better thanks to a cortisone shot and no one says I have to be super intense during those 10 minutes. I can do upper body, core work, a 10 minute walk. All kinds of things can be done during 10 minutes that won't aggravate my knee (if needed). So I am committing to this challenge.
Hopefully at the end of this challenge, I will move on to increasing work out times beyond 10 minutes as well as increasing the intensity. But something struck me with this blog that made it seem so simple. Am I not worth 10 minutes a day? I think I am. Is my health worth it? Absolutely. Will I see huge weight loss after 20 days, no...but I'll have something better---respect that I made a commitment and stuck with it.
That's what this is all about. Commit to improving my health, lose weight in the process. I'm doing just that...10 minutes at a time.