Tuesday, April 3, 2012-- a short, round, middle-aged woman in Ohio, made history. It didn't make the news, not even the tabloids, but it was epic, just the same.
You see, that marked the 366th day of my exercise streak. That's 366 days of exercising for at least ten minutes or more. If there were ever a reason to woohoo, this was it. Let me clarify a few things.
The Streak is all about consistency and making exercise a habit, not about working out hardcore every day. All or Nothing Girl is no more. I've tried the hardcore thing and always ended up injuring myself, or quitting. No more. Some days, I really pushed myself. Other days, I was happy with a short, brisk walk. Most days were at least 30 minutes, although there were a few 10-15 minute ones.There were a couple of days where I wasn't feeling the greatest, but nothing that prevented me from a short walk or something. There was always something that I could safely do.
I have a personal rule, regarding the Streak. I don't count housework, yardwork, or stuff like that. Wait--don't yell at me, I know that stuff is exercise too. I track really heavy cleaning and mowing the lawn for fitness minutes, but it has to be something outside of my daily "duties" to count toward the Streak. Why? Because, I've been cleaning house and mowing the yard for years, without losing weight. I knew I had to really change things, to make a difference. There have been several days that my husband thought I was crazy for tacking a workout on top of a super active day. Okay, granted, my husband probably thinks I'm crazy every day. He's a patient man.
Guess what? It's working. Exercise is a habit, part of my every day routine, no biggie. That's why I decided to do something different, to celebrate Day 366. Guess what I did?What I normally would've done. I clocked a 35 minute run on the elliptical and did 20 minutes of strength training. It was a beautiful day, so I ended up hooping outside for an hour, later in the day. Nothing out of the ordinary. I felt odd, at first. Day 200, I did my epic Hoopathon; Day 300, I did everything I could think of. Day 366? Business as usual. But it just seemed right, even Audrey agreed. I think that's my celebration--that exercise has become normal. Turns out, that's a pretty big deal, in its own way.