As far as I’m concerned, the past is the past. Every success or failure I’ve had in the last 2 years on this site, all have led me to this point. I’ve gone extreme, I’ve kept it simple. I’ve had short term challenges, long term challenges. I’ve had group challenges, non-weight related challenges, food challenges ad nausea.
I start 2007 with 2 basic challenges that’ll run the duration of the year.
One night while doing my fast, I took some time to clean out my email box and came across the quote I posted to mark the New Year. It’s an oft repeated quote, and as much as I’ve read it before, I really read it that night.
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Chinese Proverb
The thousand miles part kept playing in my head.
I did a quickie calculation to see if that can be done in a year. It’s a bit under 3 miles a day and if 10,000 steps roughly equals 5 miles, 3 miles should be +/- 6,000 steps.
That’s goal number 1.
Goal number 2 came to me the last week in December.
Stumbling across a site that said you can try anything out for 30 days and later reading two people who made a goal to exercise every day for an entire year, I figured, why not me?
Just to clarify, in this example I really mean being physically active on a daily basis, not necessarily busting out an intense workout every day. Workouts are what I’ll do on a regular basis w/rest days and all.
But when I’m resting up, I still commit myself to doing 30 minutes of some physical activity.
It can be 30 minutes of running, weight lifting, a 30 minute walk around the park or it can be a Sunday stroll through my neighborhood w/Callie. The sole requirement is that it’s 30 consecutive minutes.
In the next few weeks I’ll share some rewards I’ll be working towards, my annual tradition of posting my quarterly goals, though for the Oh-7 they’ve been reformulated.
In ’05 I was on the right track deciding to get fit. Somewhere in ’06 I was all about pounds & the weight. It consumed me. The goals I once had, to be a runner, to be athletic, disappeared.
Which meant, working out felt like a chore and if the scale didn’t budge, my mood soured.
This year, I want to get back to focusing on things I can control. I can’t control if the scale’ll move. I may truly lose weight every 9.5 days so it’ll take 2 weeks for my weekly weigh in to reflect that. But, I can control whether or not I walk 2.8 miles or being active 30 minutes.
If I’ve learned nothing else in the last 2 years on this site, the best laid plans go up in smoke. I also learned I’m not a quitter. Who knows what emotional rollercoaster ’07 will bring, I’m up for that challenge too.
Have a wonderful new year to all my readers, listeners and viewers