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Resisting Negative Self-Talk

Friday, January 27, 2012

My goal for this past week was to walk aerobically (as defined by my Omron pedometer) on four of seven days. I didn't specify how long each walk would be. I set this goal because I've been having great difficulty getting out and walking since our dog died in December.

As of today, I made my goal--four walking sessions. Instead of celebrating, I find that I'm fighting my urge to be self-critical. First reaction to completing 4 walking sessions this week---"Yes, but they were all short--only 10 or 15 minutes. That's not real walking!"

When I walked outside with our dog, I almost always completed 30 minutes of walking and I walked six of seven days of the week. I know I felt better physically when I was doing that.

Better self-talk: This was a good start to re-building a habit--maybe better to say developing a new habit. I need to set the same goal for next week. If I feel like walking longer, that will be great. I'll re-evaluate and re-write my walking goal after four consecutive weeks of meeting my current goal.

When I recognize my self-critical side commenting, I'll stop and think "What would my Spark friends say?"

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    I'm betting some of your difficulty is trying to get those walks in without your dog. Sooo, it's good that you are getting out there for shorter periods of time. Far better than what I'm doing at the moment, which is not walking. Hang in there, Kate. Those 10 minute periods add up (make sure to count all of them toward your fitness minutes).
    2244 days ago
    Great job getting those walks in! Try not to be too critical of yourself:) Every little bit of fitness adds up:)
    2245 days ago
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