Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we all need to take time for ourselves. You hear and read that all the time, right? It doesn't matter what religion you are. It doesn't matter if you're male or female, rich or poor, fat or thin, old or young. We all need to take time for ourselves.
I INSIST that YOU take 15-20 minutes EACH day for yourself. You NEED it! The chores will wait. Your desk won't get any messier. Your shopping list won't get any shorter. You won't get richer. BUT, you'll FEEL so much better and have more energy to take care of all that's required of you by work, home, and family.
So, start immediately to make a plan for yourself. How will you get through the holidays - these holidays - without making yourself crazy and TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF in addition to all the other things you must take care of?
You're plan will be simple. Somewhere in each 24 hours, you'll set aside 15-20 minutes to walk. Just walk. These may be abbreviated walks. You might like to walk longer or farther. These might be slower walks than you're used to - or faster if you're fightin' mad about missing that deal at the mall or if you want to sock your boss. Walk it OFF!
Start now. No New Year's Resolutions. They don't work anyway. Don't put it off. Envision yourself putting on your walking shoes (or wearing them on your regular rounds) and heading outward bound for 7 minutes then back for 7 minutes. SEVEN MINUTES. How bad can that be? That's 14 minutes. You're done til tomorrow.
Think about this. If you start now, by January 2, 2009, you'll have walked 350 minutes even if you take off Christmas Day and New Year's Day! That's more than 23 miles if you use 15 minutes as your baseline mile. TWENTY THREE MILES BEFORE JANUARY 3, 2009. It can be done! Walk On!
Don't be discouraged if you have yet to begin walking or if you only walk 3 minutes a day. Begin now! Don't be deterred. You'll make remarkable progress in endurance and healthy feelings before the New Year. If you walk only 3 minutes each day between now and January 2, you'll have walked 75 minutes or FIVE MILES. Did you ever think you'd walk 5 miles!! You can!
Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude.
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