Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Day 9 - Select an Exercise Plan
I walk 6 days a week with my super-healthy-active-amazing parents. They are great role-models for our family. I love my time with them on our walks. We catch up on what is going on with our extended family and friends. (Like my Aunt Judy is coming to stay in Maine for awhile!!)
My biggest struggle around exercise is continuing with my program when school starts up again. As I talked about in Day 8, I hope scheduling the time for exercise will keep me active. My other down fall is the lack of strength training. This became so evident when I began my program yesterday. I am super weak in my upper body. The push-ups and plank that I attempted were very minimal, but as my coach reminded me, it's a starting point to look back on. I restarted a beginners 5K program this week, which I will be doing 3x/week for six weeks. I have completed two days of the first week.
Day 10 - Set a Goal
Beck tells us to set a realistic, short term goal - and encourages it to be 5 pounds. Makes sense - baby steps all the way. She also talks about rewarding ourself as we meet these goals in some non-food related way. I am going to add a SparkGoodie to my own page for each 5 pounds. I was already following the Spark food program when I started reading Beck, so I am glad to report that I have already reached my first 5 pounds and hope to reach the second one in another week. All along this journey I will remember to celebrate the small steps.