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Day 10 - Double digits exercise streak

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Day 10 is now in the bag, but I learned something today. Since I started the streak I have always done my exercise first thing in the morning. I would get up, get my exercise out of the way and move on. It was always such a relief knowing that I honored my commitment.

Today was different. I got up and started doing stuff. I gathered laundry, emptied the dishwasher, puttered around doing things. It was then time to run errands... I missed my opportunity to exercise in the morning. All day long it was a heavy weight on my shoulders. It was a constant preoccupation. Had it not been for the streak I would have said the heck with it but I couldn't do that. Finally after dinner I did 50 minutes of Zumba Rush. Streak intact. Worry over. Lesson learned.

Exercise should happen first thing in the morning... at least in my case. But really, as long as you're getting the exercise it doesn't matter when you do it. The important thing is to just do it!

I am also keenly aware of something else. I started the exercise streak on December 18th. It was the second day of my Christmas vacation. I have not done any of this during the course of my normal routine. I don't go back to work until January 3rd. I am curious how daily exercise will affect my normal routine. Well, it just has to get done. Period. Full stop.

Getting my minimum of 8 glasses of water each day is a breeze since I exercise. I can usually down 32 oz during and after my workout.

With 4 days left in the year I am starting to think about the year ahead. I hope the best of 2012 is the worst of 2013 for everyone. I don't particularly like resolutions, but setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) is important. I have been giving some thought to my SMART goals. I will share these in due course.

How about you? Do you have SMART goals you want to achieve in 2013? I would love to hear about them.

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 10 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 51 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 37 days

Here's to our good health!



Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NEEDTOLOOSE1 12/29/2012 7:21PM

    You are doing a great job. Keep up good work.

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AMYBELLES 12/29/2012 12:59AM

    At the beginning of 2012 I started a 10 minute or more exercise streak and did very well. I didn't make it to 100 days like I intended though and after I broke it, I was sporadic with my exercise again. I wish you all the best in continuing your streak after your vacation is over. I know you can do it with persistance and determination. Getting the workout done first thing in the morning works best for me, too. Some busy days I would do the minimum 10 minutes right before midnight, just so I didn't break the streak! I am going to start January with a bunch of streaks again. Along with the exercise, I will do 8+ glasses of water and 5 or more freggies.
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BLUEFISH1881 12/29/2012 12:44AM

...ten days. You're doing great!

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JUSTLLAMA 12/29/2012 12:34AM

    Great job! You are so inspirational!

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/28/2012 11:38PM

    Great job on keeping the streak going! I think that exercising for each person is different as to when they do it. It depends on their lifestyle and many other factors but I tend to agree that getting it over and done with first thing usually is best. I have been thinking about my goals for this coming month and year. Hoping to get to blog about them soon. Don't forget to write your goals down. It's been said that the difference between people who attain their goals and those who don't is that the people who achieved success with their goals are the ones who wrote them down. Just some food for thought! emoticon I like the idea of the best of 2012 being the worst of 2013! emoticon emoticon

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RFJSJ50 12/28/2012 10:22PM

    emoticon Wow! I'm impressed and jealous of your dedication to your Spark journey! You inspire me to do better.
I'm not a morning person since I don't work. I've always been an evening person so that's my best time to exercise unless I'm going outdoors to walk. Then, anytime is good!
Stay positive and motivated.

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BARBIE176 12/28/2012 8:46PM

    Very wonderful blog. I hope that once you are off your Christmas vacation you find a plan that continues to work for you. Now that I am "retired" I find I have the same problem - if I don't get my workout done in the morning, it is so much easier to find an excuse why not to get it done. I find that if I get to the gym and out before noon I do so much better. I will be posting my plan for 2013 in the next few days. I like what you said about the best of 2012 being the worst of 2013. That would be emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RG_DFW 12/28/2012 9:37AM

    Way to go!!!

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BEFIT015 12/28/2012 7:50AM

    I do my workouts first thing in the mrng, too! No excuses have come up yet, life hasn;t gotten in the way yet & it's just me and my dvd player-my daughter is still asleep.

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Only 4 days left--how scary!

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BUTTERFLYGRACE 12/28/2012 7:45AM

    emoticon I do better with morning exercise too. It's way to easy to skip it when it's in the afternoon. So many things come up.

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    You're absolutely right... I know I should do my exercise in the morning. I think learning this and putting it into action is one of those signs that you see when a person truly "gets it" finally. It's a big deal, and you GET IT! That's as good as losing 5 lbs right there!
Way to go streaking!!!

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STINAMARIE86 12/27/2012 11:54PM

    Perfect! Glad you got your workout in! Don't ruin the streak! You are doing great! Some say that getting up and exercising right away is the key...They say you should because your brain isn't awake yet and doesn't realize what's going on...LOL. I believe it. I exercise at night because it fits in with my routine with work and everything else. I'm glad you started thinking about your goals for 2013!

Keep it up! You can do it!


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