A balance of Mind-Body-Spirit

Monday, April 6, 2009

The first day of the rest of my life

If you are a milestone person, a birthday is a good day to start something new. I'm not a milestone person, but I won't let the fact that today is my birthday stop me from getting started on the next step in my quest for a fitter, healthier me.

I was reading Runner's World this morning (love that magazine) and was once again struck by the idea of having a "streak". There is a guy in there who has run every day for 31 years! There was also a study that people who ate 3 apples or pears a day as a snack lost 2.7 lbs/1.2 kgs in 12 weeks. The every day-ness of this approach intrigues me. Could I be disciplined enough to do the same thing each day for a set period of time? Sure I can!

I feel like everything is poised for me to succeed. The baby has weaned (he'll be 1 tomorrow!), I'm within 10 pounds of my goal weight, I have been working out 2-3 times a week, I've used Lent as a way to help me make good food choices, my husband is--as ever-very supportive, and I really really want this.

As usual, I plan to use a babysteps approach. Daily workouts until the end of April while maintaining my other good habits. Since I was sick yesterday, I chose yoga to be today's workout. It was lovely.


Willa said...

Wow, congratulations about being so close! I read that article too. The message is timely -- I read some spiritual advice recently that was similar, perhaps Edith Stein on Leonie's blog.

Leonie said...

You go - I know that making working out a daily habit, doing something every day, no matter how short or easy, has helped me. I can count on one hand the times I;ve missed a workout the last six years - and they have been because of surgery . Consistency has really helped me.

Rachel May said...

I love the support here. So, I'll freely admit that the next day I got sick and my "workout" was some very gentle yoga. Yesterday was the first day without anything at all, sigh, but I love the fact that every day is a new opportunity.

Leonie, How will you attack your 10 kg?

Willa, Great to see you here!

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