Last night I tallied up the funds for a group I am a member of, and treasurer for. It was very illuminating to see the way the total grew week by week with even the smallest of funds added. It was not so much the dollar amount each week, but the fact that there was something added to the pot every single week without fail.
That is what I was lacking in the last 2 months. Consistency in my exercise. Thank goodness my eating habits were good - until the day before Christmas when sugar took over my life!
Back to consistency. I started - again - yesterday. My exercise streak is on, day 2 of how many remains to be seen. I feel so much better when I get that regular dose of good old cardio, love the feeling of sweating and pushing myself just a little harder. I love the feeling of just knowing that all this hard work really does pay off in so many ways. Like more energy for the rest of my day's work, a happier attitude towards my family and my job. Better sleep at the end of the day. A bounce in my step. Fitting into my clothes comfortably.
I have always loved working out, and getting into training for triathlons a year and a half ago really pumped me up, got me excited about swimming, biking and running. Who ever would have thought I would be a triathlete? Not me, that's for sure. But that is exactly what consistency in my exercise habits lead me to.
So on I go, back to a fresh start, working towards being consistent again. I did it before, I know I can do this.
Here is my plan:
1. Work out daily. I deserve rest, but still can walk my Sammy my dog, my best and most loyal workout buddy, each and every day. A 20 minute walk counts as exercise when I need a rest day.
2. Track my workouts, either on SP or on the new running program I started today with Active.com. Or Both!
3. Get to bed earlier. My favorite workout time is first thing in the morning. But I MUST sleep 7 - 8 hours to feel like getting out of bed early enough. I will begin by
getting to bed at 11:30, with a goal of moving that time to 10 pm eventually.
4. Be kind to myself. Progress, not perfection.
5. Log in regularly to SP. Minimum of 5x per week. I shoot for daily, but do not always get into the office/computer area on weekends as a survival technique to keep working at home from taking over my every moment.
Happy and Healthy New Year Sparkers!
We can do this!