Thursday, July 19, 2012

There's Nothing More Motivating Than Results

Recently, I put up a post about how to begin to lose weight and get in shape. I've been continuing my program. It's nothing fancy. I try to run every other day at least, and either run in place or do some aerobics on off days. I haven't been successful with that. Since I'm pushing 40, when I try to run in place, my knees start to hurt, so I have to stop.

Getting started is the hardest part. Once you're started, results are their own reward. It's Thursday. I haven't been able to run outside since Sunday, and that was cut short because the temperature shot up while I was out running and I had to stop. I got too thirsty.

One thing I've been doing since I have a Fitbit is to make sure I clock 10 miles a day before I go to bed. When I'm home, I often pace back and forth reading a book or my iPad. Sometimes I'll watch videos on my iPad while I pace around. I have been able to keep this up for over a week. This doesn't have to be as hard as it sounds. I didn't have to be in at work until later this morning, so I paced around reading for a while before work. Between that, the walking I did at work, and my run, I'm at 7.3 miles and it's just after 6:30 PM. I'm sure I can pace off about two and a half miles in the next 3 hours.

I guess that's helped. I was getting discouraged, but I noticed today that the collar of my shirt was loose. Just two weeks ago, that was one of my smaller shirts and I could barely keep the top button closed until I got my tie on. Today the collar was loose enough to look grotesque.

So considering those results, when I got home today, I went for a run even though my car's thermometer said it was 93 degrees out. I didn't want to run in the heat. I don't like the heat. But I realized, I didn't want to NOT run. I felt like a caged animal having not been able to run all week.

Once you get started, however small, and things start paying off, the results you see motivate you to continue.

Also, once you get started, new ideas come your way. David Allen says it's far easier to change course when you're already moving than it is from a stand still.

I recently listened to the audiobook "Wheat Belly". I'm going to incorporate some of that into my diet. I'm burned out on the cheap microwave crap I've been eating the last two years.

That's the advice I give you. Just start small. Do something. It doesn't have to be great. Just do something. Once you're moving, you'll figure the details out. At least, that's what worked for me.



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