Last week I promised to actually set a goal and put effort into fulfilling that commitment, because as I’ve gotten older I’ve quit trying. Life has been all about going through the motions and following routines.

The specific goal was to workout first thing in the morning on at least 5 days. And guess what, I did it! Actually, I did it all 7 days.

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Every morning I got up, put on my workout clothes, fed the cats and then immediately went to the basement where there is nothing to do but workout.

I went from averaging about 7,500 steps a day, to almost 11,000!

Last week’s steps (I wear a Jawbone UP band)

 

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Steps by week. The light orange band on the far left was our holiday when I walked deliberately each day. The dark orange band on the right is last week. In between there are 6 weeks of laziness.

This small change meant I really gained about 45 minutes in my day (wasted time each morning), and I was generally more productive.  Certainly I had more energy. At the end of the day that, “ugh, I need to work out” thing wasn’t hanging over my head, which in itself was a huge reward.

And then there was the satisfaction that I had set a goal and actually achieved it. There were a couple of days when I had to push myself and I complained bitterly, but that’s what this whole exercise is about – pushing myself again. Trying to prove old stereotypes wrong. (Yes, we can learn new tricks.)

This small 7-day test was an important one both physically and psychologically.

Staying on the weight loss/be healthy theme, this week I’m keeping up the morning workout thing plus I am going to record my food in My Fitness Pal at least 5 full days. Yes, it will be a pain but that’s the whole idea.

Hold me to it, will ya?

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