ok, i know spark guy says 10 minutes. but that's what i get just walking claire up and down the drive for a quickie potty walk. and it is hardly worth getting out of my work clothes (AKA my nightgown) to put on my workout clothes for 10 minutes. and there is also the requirement of having enough sleep on board to work out; two nights this week i fell short.
no, for me it's all about 30 minutes. oh, i've had periods where i've turned up my nose and thought i'd hardly get enough steps (i do walking videos, leslie sansone for a while and now back to jessica smith, who got me started doing this) in 30 minutes. but life - and work - gets crazy, and certainly i can give 30 minutes of my time for ME. when work was calmer, i liked pushing the envelope to 45 and 50 and even 60 minutes, i liked getting as much as 7000 steps from a morning workout with a video, when my goal is 15,000. but i have to be realistic, and it is only going to get worse now. so 30 minutes it is.
it isn't a question of motivation - i'm always willing. but it is a question of discipline. i like some days better than others. i'm following jessica smith's 6 week transformation program now, and today was supposed to be "dynamic stretching" - which would mean not many steps. and while i know stretching is good for me (just like i know that upper body, and lower body, and total body strength training are too), there aren't that many steps. and silly me, i like those darn steps. now if i had known that DH and i would take a good long walk this morning, i might have done the stretching. but instead, i picked a different video, and did two walking miles plus warm up and cool down, starting the day with 5000 steps.
maybe i'll do the stretching at the end of the day. just to stay on plan. or not...
i'm getting used to the new fitbit charge 2 - and i've worn it to sleep. which has been an eye opener. turns out, i haven't been getting my 6 hours of sleep at all. i haven't even been getting my 3 hours straight. some of this has been necessary; a doctor's appointment on tuesday, a deadly lion that needed to be slain and i had to get up early to meet it. but i would have thought i'd have slept through to make up for it, and that hasn't happened. and the fitbit can't analyze my sleep unless i sleep 3 hours straight! and since dec 1 when i started, i have only slept 3 hours straight... 3 times! we shall see.
we have some rather large "birds" at the bird feeder. this is the view from my office window:
oh so close yesterday, but too tired: