Another week is done, Week 2 of Phase 1 went really well. I walked over 4 miles over seven days and six walks. I did my strength exercises Monday thru Saturday adding one new exercise to my routines. I am quite excited that today is my day off from my exercises. My upper body exercises were making me sore. I have until Tuesday to recover.
I am happy to say that I am now entering Week 3. It’s in this week where I find that I will either stick with something or I will inexplicably drop the ball. I don’t understand it myself but it’s happened more than once. I have started the EA Sports Active 3o Day Challenge several times. It really only has 20 days of exercises because there are set rest days within the challenge. I have gotten to exercise day 17 or 18 and then just stopped. The reasons are varied but mostly it came down to the fact that I simply lost my motivation. I’d miss a day and try to make it up and then I’d miss another day. That day would stretch into two and then suddenly I would be completely off track.
This time I am not going to let that happen. I have a plan and I am going to stick with it. I’ve stayed on track for 14 days and I only have 7 days left. That’s six days of walking, three days of upper body workouts and three days of lower body workouts. I can do that, right? When you break it down like that it doesn’t seem like that hard of a thing to do. It doesn’t seem like it to me. I can ignore the fact that after this week is over I fully intend to keep walking and doing my strength exercises. Right now, all that is important is that I reach my three week goal. That I make these activities habit, part of my daily life, as integral to my day as taking a shower or feeding the dog.
This is the point of transition, changing these activities from ideas I want to do and have to remind myself to do into activities that I just do because they need to be done. I don’t know why it’s so hard to convince myself to take care of me. I’ll spend time taking care of the bunnies or other critters in the house, I would think it’d be okay to spend equal time on me. I am ready to finish out this week and this first three week ‘phase’ strong.Phase 1: Day 15 I had a good walk. I’ve been getting pain in my shins midway through my walk. I did some online research and it seems that power walking with long strides can cause this. I am doing some extra stretching and my strength exercises to help my muscles adapt quicker. In the meantime, I am going to walk a more even pace and shoot for about 12 minutes and 0.7 miles. I did a pretty good job, I was on my last 300 yards or so when I felt my shins start to think about hurting. I shortened my stride and was able to finish my walk without it getting out of hand. No workout today but I did get an extended stretching session in before bedtime. I was really ready for a day off from the strength exercises. Water = 48 ounces –> I seriously need to be better about drinking enough water everyday. I am now to the point that I can tell the next day whether I had enough water the previous day. Who knew I’d ever become one of those people. 🙂