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Day 701- Don't Set Yourself Up to Fail

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Friday, November 01, 2013

First off, 701 days? Holy Cow. That is alot of time to be doing something.

Second, Today is the 1 week mark of the 3 week goal I set for myself. When I set the goal I was 181 and wanted to lose 6 pounds in 3 weeks. meaning today I should have weighed in at 179 to be on track. Well unfortunately, Halloween weekend happened here at my school and friends were in town, and I didn't stay on track, and I ballooned up to 182.4, before getting back down to 180.0 today. So I lost 2.4 pounds this week, but am only 1 pound down towards my 6 pounds down goal. So I need to lose 5 pounds in the next two weeks. However, I've already used my gym membership 3 times this week and plan to use it at least two more times before Sunday, so I'd definitely say it is doable.

The gym is where the title of my blog came from. Last night, when I got to the gym, I just decided I was going to do an hour on the elliptical. This after not having been on an elliptical in probably 6 months. Yes, I run and yes I'm more fit, but that's just so random. And an hour? Boring? Yes, but I decided to do an interval training so at least there would be some challenge in the workout. Then I set the most difficult resistance to 10. Well about 10 minutes in, I could tell that the resistance was too difficult for me to keep doing for another 50 minutes. I started thinking, maybe I'll just do a 30 minute workout, or 20 minutes is probably good.

But instead, I just decreased the intensity to 8, and was able to complete the full 60 minute workout, which the machine said burnt 716 calories and was a distance of 5.2 miles. I have my doubts about the calorie burn accuracy, but was excited to actually have completed the hour after numerous thoughts of quitting.

I guess what I'm trying to get at is, even 700 days into this journey, I set an unrealistic goal for myself which led to me almost giving up. Don't do that. If you feel yourself starting to slip because you don't think you can do something, try to make the goal easier. Whether that means maybe not giving up pop cold turkey but limiting it to one a day, then slowly one a week then finally no pop. Or making your first race a one mile walk instead of a 5k.

Set yourself up to succeed, Sparkfriends!

Happy Friday!
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