One month into my pledge
Friday, February 01, 2013
So a month has gone by already and what have I accomplished to date?
Although the scales have not gone down by much at least I have not gained. I have continued to make healthier food choices and limit the amount of processed foods I eat.
I have walked or exercised every day in January.
Of course setting a goal and having a purpose for walking has definitely helped. Since I meet my younger sister for coffee every morning and the coffee shop is only three blocks away I decided to walk there every day. Of course since I walk there I then have to walk back. I have yet to stick to a ten minute walk. The average length is 25 to 30 minutes. I have seen and felt an increase in the time it takes to walk places. When I started, it would take me 15 minutes to walk the three blocks. I can now do this in 10 minutes or less (depending on how cold it is). One morning, they were calling for rain. Rather than take the car, which I normally would do, I found my umbrella and walked there. I was quite pleased and proud of this. On days when it was too cold or miserable to walk I would pop in a DVD and do a 30 minute routine at home.
In order to keep me focused, I have printed out a monthly/daily calendar with my goal(s) typed into each day. This calendar is stuck on the door of my apartment. Every time I reach a goal a sticker is placed over it. This way every time I leave the apartment, I see how I am progressing with my goal(s). I have decided that every time I reach a small goal I will reward myself. This months reward is a bouquet of bright sunny flowers to brighten the gloomy days of winter.
Will I continue this ? Yes as I am committed to becoming healthier in 2013. Since I have over 100 pounds to lose, I will take it in 25 pounds increments. Once I lose the first 25 pounds, I will go for the next 25 pounds and so on until I reach my goal.
February's goal? To walk 15 minutes every day and to lose 2 pounds. My reward for February a new pair of earrings.
Stay tuned as I continue this journey.