It’s Day 3 of the 2013 100 Days Challenge and I am, honest to goodness, having the feeling of Deja Vu. Now, when you get to my age it’s good to be able to remember anything, so to be remembering things that I only think I did is a little like remembering a dream you haven’t had. But I digress.
Why is is that despite my best intentions I always begin by doing too much too soon? You wouldn’t think that walking for 40 minutes 2 days in a row would be too much for someone who has completed 45 marathons but, I can tell you, it was.
I woke up this morning and my legs didn’t feel quite right. Not tired or sore, exactly, but not quite right either. In the old days I would have told myself that I was just trying to find an excuse to not work out. Today, I told myself that I had done too much – even if that too much didn’t seem like too much – and that today I didn’t have to NOT to anything, I just had to not do as much.
So that’s what I did. I got on the treadmill, set the speed at 3.0 mph, and walked for 30 minutes. Not 40. Not zero. 30. That’s what I’ve committed to. That’s what I did.
In the next few weeks – or even the next few days – your body and mind may start to argue with you. If you’re new to activity your history alone will be screaming at you to quit. Remember, the you that you used to be doesn’t want you to become the you YOU want to be. Your history will try to convince you that you can’t do it. Not today.
Do it anyway. Do 10 minutes 3 times a day. Do 15 minutes twice. Walk VERY slowly. Just move intentionally.
Eventually the monsters in your head will start to let go. In the meantime, just keep moving.
John “the Penguin” Bingham
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