Monday, October 22, 2012
After plugging in my ActiveLink last night, I decided that I should figure out a way to redo my baseline. I played around with the software and figured out a way to do it - finally! This was a decision made after reading additional data in the ActiveLink material. At the rate I was going, with my physical limitations, this was the healthiest decision for me. I could have stayed with the original challenge but after my first 12 week challenge was over, I wouldn't have anywhere to progress. As hard as I was working out, there were days when I earned no activity points at all. Consequently, I will make a bigger effort to lower my baseline this week even if it means taking off my ActiveLink during the second half of my exercise. I was warned that this might happen but I thought I had cut back on my activity an adequate amount. I was wrong. This time I will get it right.
This is not to say that the whole "first week assessment" didn't have merit. I learned a lot from just looking at the data that was collected last week. What I said yesterday about spreading out my activities over the whole day still stands. That just makes sense to me and will benefit me in the long haul. I've had trouble with activity pacing all along. The new baseline will allow me to feel like I'm more successful because I won't be burning myself out trying to reach an unrealistic goal.
I will make an effort to change the way I've been approaching exercise, once the new baseline is established. This means shorter, more intense morning workouts coupled with a more active afternoon. Using moderation, which has never been my forte, will be key to my own success. As my Spark Friend LITA said, this is just a tool to use to help you. Like using the scale, I won't let a tool define me. It is a tool to be used to help me form new, healthy habits.