In the midst of all these posts in which I'm declaring the end or changes of new big goals after they've barely had time to get started, I am happy to report that there is, in fact, some success in my life. That's right, babies, I have set a goal and stuck with it in an awesomely huge way. Huge for me, anyway!
Since I've struggled to become someone who loves to work out on a regular basis for, like, ever, to do so is something I've put on list after list after list over the years. And sometimes I've been successful for a while, too. Then inevitably something has gotten in the way.
No worries - I know my patterns. I know my history even more than you do. I know the down side to posting this online. Still? I'm thrilled to report that I have found a way to get my booty in gear. And it's working so far!
Here's how it happened. I added one simple line item to my Life List as I worked on That Honkin' List Of Unparallelled Proportions:
Do 20 minutes or more of aerobic exercise for 100 days in a row, no exceptions. If I miss a day, I have to start over! At the end of day 100’s workout, set a new exercise goal.
That's it! Just 20 little ole' minutes, one time a day... for a hundred days. Here's why I think it's working this time:
- It's measurable.
- Twenty minutes really isn't that much of a time commitment.
- It can be any kind of movement I want. I happen to like to dance. A lot. So I just made myself a playlist of music that was guaranteed to get me out of my chair. Sure enough, once that music starts blasting through the airwaves, I'm like one of Pavlov's little dogs. Moving my patootie to the beat.
- I work from home, so I can do this any time throughout the day that's convenient to me.
- I knew this was going to make it into my blog one day; nothing like a public announcement to give a girl some accountability.
- Once you've achieved a few days in a row, it gets harder and harder to consider NOT doing a day's workout. Thoughts of losing that momentum and having to start over? I shudder.
- In the scheme of things, this is one of the easier things I'll be able to check off my Life List. All it takes, after all, is 20 minutes for 100 days. The check is practically guaranteed!
- Once you've gotten a few days under your belt, you're also just more used to the routine. Less mental objections.
- Once I hit 20 minutes, I'm allowed to stop, but I usually keep going. In fact, so far I don't think I've ever stopped at 20! And sometimes I've continued on for almost twice that long. Yup! Just turns out that way!
So yea, I'm more than 1/10th of the way to this particular goal! Woo hoo! So never mind I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year. And never mind I decided the solo camping trip was something I should be more prepared for, too. At least some things I'm sticking with. Including this one: I have exercised for 12 days in a row! Yay me!
And yay you! It's easy! Try it with me? Then tell us about it in the comments!
Or you can tell us about your own personal tricks and ploys to help you work on your own physical fitness goals. We'd love to hear those, too...