Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I'm reflecting a bit today because I really really want those 10K steps, every one of them. I started thinking though that it is all about my plan my way and I need to chill.
I came to this realization tonight - I was looking for snacks and immediately thought I probably should drink. I walked past the fridge and thought about drinking another liter of water. I decided to hold off or I'll be up peeing in the middle of the night again. I decided to give it 30 min and recheck with myself instead of doing either. Thus here I am reflecting. . .
So about August of 2013 I was drinking no water everyday. That's a zero. Only had diet Dr. Pepper daily. I trained myself to drink the water by saying positive words about the water while I drank (great tip from other Sparkers). Now I get my waters in and then some everyday. I barely think about it most days and typically I can get 8 cups in by noon. Nights like tonight I have to hold back a little to avoid overdoing it even.
Around the same time in 2013 I was getting on the scale everyday. Everyday I would step up almost like habit or compulsion and there would be no significant change. Then I finally said that can't be what I continue to do because it clearly isn't working and I'm not crazy enough to keep doing something now that isn't effective. I needed a new reason to do this and a new gauge of doing it well. In came non-scale victories such as successful streaks, improved endurance, and eventually clothes fitting better.
So 10K steps being put in perspective now can chill a little bit. I should be hugely proud that being off routine today and only having 900 steps at 4pm I am ending the day in the 7K range. This is ok because I did the right thing today. I was frustrated about the steps and got on the boards for once and looked for what people do to get their steps in. I found that I was doing all those things so I looked for the subtle differences in what I read. Genius moment here was that I'm likely not wearing my SAT in a position that is reliably getting all my steps. I don't like wearing it on my shoe, but I will do so because I do like the idea of 10K steps!
All of this reminds me that sometimes I'm still too close to the problem to have perspective that is helpful. Thanks fellow sparkers for all the ideas that have helped me along by the way. Without those little tidbits I'd be sitting in my chair today with 1,000 steps and feeling sorry for myself. I'll take the baby steps toward success any day over that!
Tomorrow I'll get 1 more step in than today and it will be awesome!!!