Saturday, June 16, 2007
Fresh Start Take Two
It's funny how I am about these fresh starts, first days, renewed effort. I always loved the idea of the first day of a new school year. That's one of the few things I miss about being a kid. The idea that each new year could be completely different than the last. For some reason, I've never gotten into the whole New Year's resolution thing. Seems that would be a natural for me but it's not my thing. Six months ago I decided to make a fresh start to get into fighting form. I did okay. I didn't do as well as I hoped but about 10 days ago, I was rolling in to day 170 having hit an average of slightly better than every other day for my brisk walk. I still occasionally try to walk/jog but that is usually counter productive so a brisk walk is my current mainstay in terms of exercise. Alright then, I was doing okay but for the past 10 days I haven't don't any exercise type walking which means I'm hitting the 6 month point no longer averaging every other day. At first I thought, if I want to get back on track I need to walk every day or almost everyday for a few weeks but that's not realistic in terms of where I'm at now. For one thing, I want to keep doing a little bit of garden work. Not anything terribly strenuous but I don't have the energy to walk 2 plus miles and garden. Sounds pitiful but it could be a lot worse. These 10 days I haven't gotten motivated to walk, I have done a little gardening. My decision is that I'll start fresh again with day 1 beginning tomorrow. This time instead of trying to build up to anything, I want to stay the steady course. I want to walk at least 2 miles three or four times a week. Not great but better than standing still. I could look at it as going backwards since last time I did have a few 5 mile walks and quite a few weeks where I walked or walk/jogged 5 days a week. The problem is when I do that, I don't get stronger. I find myself getting worse and end up having to recuperate. I don't know why but I do know this is a pattern. So with my fresh start, I don't want to push to do more, I want to push to be steady. I still need to lose quite a bit of weight that I've put on over the past two years but I want to think about that as little as possible. If I focus on being steady, being active but not wearing myself out, try to eat well, that's what matters. I turn 50 in November of this year and I'm not going to set any over the top goals but what I want to try to do is enjoy what I do have, keep moving, never give up, never give in . . .