Friday, December 28, 2012

Marking Your X

The yesterday I wrote about Oliver Burkeman and his idea of junking New Year's Resolutions and starting really small - 15 minutes of walking.

In that same article, Burkeman also states that we should track change by marking an X on a calendar each day you do the new activity.

Well, do you think he's been reading my blog?  I wrote about that here.

This is not about what you're gonna do - it's completely about what you HAVE ACCOMPLISHED.  Every X on your calendar is a day of SUCCESS!

It works perfectly to track your progress.  Day One is listed on your calendar, then an X for each day you do your tiny step in the right direction.  You can go farther and note how many seconds/minutes/steps/miles you've done each day.

How cool will it be when you see that on Day One you put in say FIVE minutes of walking.  Then there is a row of X's on your calendar with minutes by each one.  Pretty soon, by adding maybe ONE minute per week to your program, you'll see that in a couple of months of X's on your calendar, you are now walking TEN minutes per session.

That is REAL PROGRESS - and no one can take that away from you.  It's something that YOU have done for yourself.

Even if you plateau - stay at a certain level of activity for months - that's fine.  Before long, you'll want to add a minute to your daily program.  Or, you might have to decrease a minute or two for a few days due to increased hours at work or whatever.  You'll regain those minutes - but you won't know when you did unless you've marked it on your calendar.

So, here's your homework.  BUY A CALENDAR AND A PRETTY MARKER IN YOUR FAVORITE COLOR.  Hang it on the kitchen door.  Mark an X on each day that you walk - and be kind to yourself by adding the time each day.  You'll give yourself such a boost!

*************************** 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. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.

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