This morning I looked at my "other goals" page and got to thinking about what I have there. Turns out it was basically just the team goals from my teams. So I thought "how can I make myself more accountable?" Well, I put in goals like: walk my dog daily, ride recumbent exercise bike three times a week for 15 minutes, do Leslie Sansone video three times a week, and do Leslie Sansone's firm and tone exercises three times a week. I'm trying to get myself back in the habit of doing these things regularly and am hoping this gentle reminder will get my butt back in gear. If this works, I'll be adding more goals as time goes on. This way I can see what I've done this week and if something's not as it should be work on that. I'm wanting some variety in my routines too.
This hot 90+ degree days and the humidity are not working for much walking during the day time. I hate opening the front door in the morning and feeling like I got hit in the face with a massive sauna breeze. My walks have been occurring around 6:30pm or 7pm now. It's a better time for my dog.
I don't like hot weather - it's ok if you're at the beach. The rest of the time it sucks. I'm hoping and praying this summer isn't as hot as last year's - 113+ is not a good thing ever.
Remember to make yourself some reasonable goals - something that is achievable that you won't give up on. Don't make goals that will be so difficult to achieve that you can't handle them. Start with small goals. I have a long way to go but I'm trying to set goals that will allow changes that I can stay with the rest of my life. This is not a diet. This is a lifestyle change. I want to be healthier and fitter. There are a lot of things that I will never ever ever be able to do anymore because of medical conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, and asthma - I will be able to get closer to doing them. Case in point - anything involving getting down on the floor is impossible to do anymore. I can barely get up - it kills my knees - I end up with black knees - not a pretty sight either. I have problems with my right knee that even surgery won't help and I've gone as far as I can with PT. I've had to learn to accept that. I have screws in my left knee. So life is able learning to deal with the hand we've been dealt. That's no reason to throw in the towel and say "I'm a failure". Why? because you're not a failure if you accept your limitations and find alternatives. There are chair exercises out there if you look. There are alternatives if you can't do something. I've come to the conclusion that running will just be something I won't be able to do with all my foot, knee and hip problems. I'd just love to run like the wind as far as you could see. Ain't happening ever. So when I'm able I'll run a few short intervals and see how things go. You never know what will happen.
I'm a foodie. I absolutely love food. Of course that happens to be my major downfall because I stay hungry all the time. You'd think losing about 70 pounds (depending on the day and fluid retention) I would have won that round. Nope - it's a daily struggle. Some days I do great, others I blow it. I get mad then I get over it and try to do better. That's why you see me ping ponging up and down on the same 10 pounds. It's a pain but I'm working on ways to overcome that.
They say where there's a will there's a way. We just have to find our own way - not anyone else's but ours. This is our journey that we share with others, but we have to have our own set of rules. We have to do it our way. We have to want to do this for the right reasons for ourselves - not for someone else.
When you get discouraged as we all do, stop. Then look back at the good things you've accomplished, the weight you've lost so far, how much more exercise you do. Look at those NSV (non-scale victories) where you're clothes are looser, you're in a smaller pair of jeans. I had one of those strange moments yesterday when I was walking - I laughed because I noticed my underwear was looser. Seriously folks that hit me yesterday. Maybe it was because the shorts I was wearing are loose on me now, but that hit me as I was walking my dog down the street. I thought "how crazy is this? thinking about my underwear."
Love yourself. Smile. Find joy in the simple things. Celebrate the small victories. Have fun. Dance. Run. Walk. Do something - anything to get you moving. Small steps lead to your goals. Don't set yourself up for failure by doing something that you know you can't do - work your way up with the stuff you can do. As you get fitter you add more on. Keep it Simple. You don't have to have some wild and crazy routine. As my doctor told me "walking is the best exercise you can do for yourself". He's right it is - it's free and you can do it anywhere whether you count your steps or walk miles - you can do it.
Sending you love & hugs, Let's get up and move our bodies.