June 19, 2019

Let's go streaking....

Consistency - noun. A steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.

Self- Discipline - noun. The ability to control yourself and make yourself work hard or behave in a particular way without needing anyone else to tell you what to do. 

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After allowing myself to recover from Little Rock Marathon, I kept running just for the joy of going out and catching endorphins and it gave me an excuse to hang out with my good friend, Frog.  Nothing was consistent though. I didn't have a planned race on my schedule for me to train for....in turn, the lack of consistency led to me leaving all self-discipline behind.

One day, I leaned over to put on my running shoes; and as I was tying them up, I noticed myself not being able to breathe easily and the spare tire that was hanging around my midsection was over inflated. Nope, this was unacceptable for me. I needed to make a change. 

So, forty-five days ago I challenged myself to add more consistency and discipline into the fitness portion of my life. I started a fitness streak. My streak will consist of at least 15-20 minutes of activity that gets my butt off the couch and my heart pumping. I could run, walk, cycle, take a fitness class, get in the weight room to pick things up and put them down. Whatever it was, I had to get my heart pumping for at least 15 minutes.

I am affected by anxiety and depression that comes to me in waves throughout each month. This challenge will become a real challenge during the low times that I experience.
So far, I've gone 44 days (today will be day 45) with only experiencing one day where the low was really low. Thanks to my wonderful, supportive husband, I got that day completed with him and my daughter by my side. 

I know I feel better and don't have as many attacks when I'm moving my body. It has helped me keep cancer away for 8+ years. Its definitely going to help with the anxiety disorder I face every day. 

By nature, I'm a pretty lazy person so I have to set myself small goals. Usually within those small goals I'll begin to explore other goals or even change the entire goal in itself. I see this small goal morphing into something bigger later on down the road....so let's go on this adventure and see where it leads. 

What do I hope to accomplish with this fitness streak?
I hope to bring some motivation within myself to lose a little insulation around the midsection, improve on my running and build my self-confidence.  

How long so I plan to keep this up?
Right now, the goal is to just go every day until I decide I'm done or bored with the challenge. That goal may change over time and that's okay. Small goals sometimes lead to bigger and better goals. 

What is your strategy to bring more consistency in your life?
What is one small goal that you are working hard to complete?

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