…and it’s OK!

As many of you know, I have been working on my 28 day boost. It was a 4 part plan to:

  • Walk 150 miles
  • Work out for 28 hours
  • Write a blog post here every day
  • Track everything I eat and drink

When I started this, nearly 28 days ago, I had high hopes that the weather would break, that I would be writing every day, that my health would be at 100%, and all would be right in the world. Boy was I wrong.

The weather hasn’t broken yet. I’ve only been able to walk outside a handful of times, and some of those have been uncomfortable to say the least.

I got a nasty cold that kept me down for the better part of a week

We got busy on some Spring Cleaning projects which took me away from writing.

This past weekend it was the Spring Cleaning that took center stage. I ended up with no trips to the gym on Saturday or Sunday, and I did no exercise walking. On Monday morning, with effectively 6 days to go, I would have had to walk about 8.4 miles per day, and spend at least 90 minutes a day in the gym. I got up and got to it on Monday, and exceeded both of those numbers. But the reality of 1.5 to 2 hours a day in the gym was setting in.

This morning the alarm went off at 3:53am, and I was TIRED. It was at that point that I realized I wasn’t going to make it to 150 miles or 28 hours in the gym.

I will post the progress chart tomorrow morning, and I will continue to track, but I won’t make the goal for walking or gym time… and you know what?

IT IS OK!

I am doing the right things for myself. Going to the gym 4 to 5 times a week is a sustainable level. I can do that for the rest of my life. Going 2 hours a day to meet a self-imposed goal isn’t.

After the Easter weekend I am going to change up my approach to working out. I have been almost exclusively focused on walking. I will continue to do a lot of walking, perhaps as much as 100 miles per month. I also plan to work in some weight training to work on other parts of my body as well.

I said when I started this blog that I would be honest and transparent with all of you. I have made most of my goals for things like challenges, and I will always strive to meet those commitments in the future. This time it didn’t work out, but that is ok.

6 comments

  1. Oh it is more than okay. First it reaffirms the fact that you are human and not a superior being. Since I have followed your blog I have not seen you steer clear of your goals.

    So this does come as a bit of a surprise. Having said that, from my own miserable experience, don’t stop all the good work you started. I almost always give up if I don’t stay on track for a few days. It leaves me feeling pretty miserable. So do what you can until you planned to do.

    And even if you don’t.. there is so much more you are doing. It really is okay!

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    1. First

      . I am far from being a superior being. You’re making me wonder if I’ve been honest here. šŸ˜‰

      Don’t worry, I am not giving up on real goals or long term fitness plans. I am just letting this goal go. I will probably take up another challenge soon enough.

      Oh..and stop being so hard on yourself. You aren’t miserable. You are decades ahead of me on this. You’re doing great.

      Did you sign up on Alison’s blog for care packages?

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      1. Of course you have. That is not what I meant by superior being. I only wanted to point out that we win some we lose some. I have however always seen you stick to your goals. Always make that cut. I have suffered from some inferiority complex after reading your posts but have always come out more inspired!

        I didn’t mean long term goals. I meant don’t give up on this 28 day boost challenge. You may not make it to 150 but at least you will get to the finish line.

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        1. It’s ok. I knew what you meant, I was just trying to be a little funny. It made me laugh when you said that in the comment, and did make me wonder a little about how I portray myself in the blog. All good, really!

          I am glad you find inspiration. I find inspiration from your story as well. šŸ™‚

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  2. I really admire the attitude you approach this with. Good luck with weight training! I hated it (more so the mornings after) for the first week or so, but now I love it! The inches started to come off faster, too!

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