Monday, October 14, 2013
Made it through yesterday (Day 2) of the challenge.. 54 days to go. I find that I can do/ handle/ put up with just about anything, if I know when it's going to end. It's the stuff with no definite end point, that's hard.
Last week I took my copy of The Spark to work and did a little reading. The section I read was on Streaks, and it talked about setting up a definite end point. Like, I will stay within my calorie range for xx weeks or whatever, and then you set yourself up a reward for meeting that goal. And the point isn't to reach the goal and then quit-- you then set up a new streak.
I was thinking about this as I walked this morning. The Challenge has a built-in end date... it's 8 weeks long. In the spirit of contributing as many fitness minutes to the Challenge as I can, I went for a bit of a longer walk. And I *normally* take a day off over the weekend, but I didn't do that this weekend. Which was okay because last week when I was really sick, I didn't exercise at all. Unless you call breaking into a sweat just getting out of bed to go to the bathroom, cardio.
The Challenge has me all fired up to get that exercise in, and also to look for opportunities for "random acts of fitness" throughout the day. This is one of the big reasons why I joined the Challenge. Sure I'd like to lose a few pounds. But mostly I need the motivation to do the things I *ought* to do anyway but can find SO many excuses not to.
So I was thinking this morning, about the choice I am going to have AFTER the Challenge is over. It is obvious to me from my behavior over the last year or so, that left to my own devices I don't do as well. It very well may be that I need to be continuously on some sort of challenge, for the extra motivation and reinforcement. Which is okay, because it's a support system. I don't have people around me here in my "real life" who function as a support system. Actually I'd say *most* of the people around me seem hell-bent on the opposite of a healthy lifestyle.