Today is Day 91 of the new 10 (or more) fitness minutes streak! Iíll write more about this soon, but this is a key milestone. In my past attempts at longer streaks, I have found that the true magic starts to kick in somewhere between Day 90 to Day 180 (so, from 3-6 months). It will be interesting to see what happens this time.
Today I want to share the history of this new streak. This has been a very tough year for multiple reasons. Probably the most stressful reason is that my Mom was very sick for most of this year. At first, the doctors couldnít figure out what was wrong with her. Finally, they realized that the arteries leading to her intestines were blocked. This is such a complex surgery that she had to be transferred to Stanford Hospital. Unfortunately, the surgery didnít work at first and she ended up in the Intensive Care Unit for about a month. This was one of those series of steps where everything just keeps getting worse. At one point, I got a call from my brother saying to get to the hospital ASAP because she might not make it (she did). Then, one of the toughest days was watching the last hours of her roommate in the ICU when the priest and family were there to say the last rites prayer (fortunately my Mom was unconscious/asleep at that time). Thankfully, after about 3 months in the hospital, Mom is now home and recovering well and even recently got to walk her dog for the first time Ė WooHoo!
Obviously, this was incredibly stressful and I was starting to feel the physical and mental impact. I knew that despite the challenges of this situation, it was time to once again put the SparkPeople philosophy of taking small steps one at a time into action. So, the first step I took was to simply start walking faster from my car to the hospital and then to her room. I noticed that this small action once again made me start feeling more in control of the situation and my destiny. At the time, I had started several 10 minute (or more) fitness streaks in 2014, but had fallen off each time.
But, I kept at it and Didnít. Give. Up.
Because after all, I know this works since I came up with this strategy and it's been the root cause of all the major goals I've reached in life :).
Looking at my records just now, it looks like this current streak is the 8th one Iíve had in 2014. Most lasted less than 10 days.
On April 14, I started again and this one has now stuck for 91 days. The important note about this type of streak is that itís NOT extreme in terms of the amount of fitness. Looking back, there are about 10 days of the 91 that have 10-20 minutes. And many of those are simple exercises at home like pushups, crunches, lunges, etc.
This type of streak is much harder mentally than it is physically Ė which is one big reason why the hurdle is only 10 minutes and not something like 30-60 minutes. It really teaches you the importance of consistency so that you donít fall off the wagon. When people wonder if this type of streak is ďextremeĒ, I ask them how many days in a row theyíve brushed their teeth :).
The reason I shared some of the details of my Momís hospital stay and that I ďfailedĒ 7 times this year before try 8 really took off is just to show that anyone can do this and it really can change your life (more on that soon).
For those who havenít read my book from back in 2010 (thanks to our members it became a New York Times Best Seller!), Iíll be writing much more about all of this soon and launching a new challenge based on this.
Thanks a bunch for reading and for your support. We can all continue reaching goals together one at a time!
Ok, time to go get some final fitness minutes of the day with my boys.
PS Congrats to all the Germany fans out there on an incredible win today in the World Cup Ė and great tournament to Argentina as well.