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.