Accountability is huge for me! It’s what inspires me to keep going. Usually, my sister or a close friend will be my exercise accountability partner. However, ever since I started blogging about my grocery budget, I felt myself being more intentional than I ever have been about watching what I spend on food. So, since it is working so good for the grocery budget, I am also going to use the blog for accountability with exercise, writing and decluttering. These are all categories of goals I have set for 2020 and I want this year to be the year I win.
2020 Exercise Weeks 1 & 2 – 1/12/2020
Over the course of the first twelve days of the year, I have exercised every day. A couple of days it was only 5 minutes. Now that may sound lame, but have you tried setting a timer for a minute and doing a plank? It’s hard if you’re not in the best shape. Ever since having my third child, my abs have been toast. He’s a toddler now and it’s time for NO. MORE. EXCUSES. I have always considered myself fit, but when I look in the mirror I am not where I want to be.
The simple 5 minute routine I use is from Steven Grundry’s book “The Longevity Paradox – How to Die Young at a Ripe Old Age”. I read it in 2019, and picked up some good tips. In the book, he recommends ‘The Longevity Pardox Exercise Plan’, 1 minute of each of the following: Jog in Place, Classic Crunches, Plank, Squats and Meditation (mental exercise!). I have pledged to myself, no matter what, I will exercise everyday. Some days my exercise is a 1 mile run with my kids in 1 minute run/walk intervals, some days its yoga, other days pilates and, if I can’t find time for ANYTHING else, its 1 minute of each: jog, crunch, plank, squat, meditate (for me that means prayer).
To encourage myself towards achieving this goal, I bought myself a new pair of running/walking shoes. Once upon a time, I ran a marathon. That was back in my single days before a husband and children. What I remember most about that time is how great running felt. It melted away my stress. My goal is not a marathon. My goal is to get back to being fit: mentally and physically.
So, my fitness goal for this year is to exercise everyday to get back in the habit of being fit.
Last year my fitness goal was to lose 10 lbs, and I started the year strong by walking every morning. But being gone for a half an hour every morning wasn’t working for our family. Once I quit walking, it seemed like I totally gave up on any exercise. So, hopefully, intentionally thinking about it EVERY. DAY. will be just what I need to get back on track. What about you? Do you have a fitness goal for this year? Tell me about it and we can encourage each other.