1 Mile A Day And Beyond
Walking a mile a day may sound like no feat at all for you, but for others, this is one massive step in their journey! Making the commitment to doing it every day makes even more daunting! No matter what your goal is, it should be important to you. Something that you are willing to do whatever it takes (within reason) to get it done.
If you are anything like me you may have some resolutions that you set in January that just have not taken off yet. You know those goals that just seem to appear year after year on your list. My biggest two every year is to lose weight and to get fit. I wish I could say that I made progress on both of those, but the truth is they keep recurring on my list year after year because I have NEVER really committed to it.
So this year I resolve to do something about it. When I reflect on 2018 in December, I am going to look in the mirror and SEE that I did well. I am going to FEEL it as I walk up flights of stairs without having to stop to catch my breath. I am GOING to experience it with a 5K that does not leave me feeling giving up half way through. I am also realistic. I have said this same goal over and over each year and NOTHING ever changes. The fault lies with me, not a program. I am smart enough to know that sometimes we need a little help or push to get that ball rolling, and I am no different. So if it has to start with me, then so be it. I can’t afford to sit by any longer and allow my health to deteriorate because I am waiting for that magic program or pill to make it all better. I have kids and grandchildren that I NEED to stick around for. I WANT to be apart of their lives and live a life that is rewarding.
My family is my WHY for 2020. I WILL accomplish my goals so that I can be here to live life with them. Life can change in the blink of an eye! Two years ago I came face to face with this realization when I was involved in a head-on collision. I no longer want to just go through the motions day after day and take one another for granted. Knowing that my family is my why, how do I begin this journey? The only way I know how, setting up my community. In order to be successful this time, I MUST establish a community around me of like-minded individuals. People that will hold me accountable and join me on this journey. When we have a group behind us, the goal is easier to accomplish. What we must remember though is transparency. If I am not honest with myself and my group, I will not be successful. I have tried this rodeo year after year without success. Why? Because I was the only one involved. I refused to bring alongside me the support group that would help me through those tough times. I had no accountability to anyone other than myself. When you embark on a weight loss journey, you NEED a team behind you. People who get it and will help pick you up when you fail. People that won’t give up on you.
In January I went back to Weight Watchers, and it has been one of the BEST decisions for me. Since joining in mid-January, I am down ten pounds. WHY? WW provides that community I need. Weekly meetings and checking in IS what makes the difference. Having a dear friend join me on this journey, makes it even better. For the past several weeks, she has been my accountability partner and I am thankful for her. Doing it alone, I can easily back out at any time.
Be Authentic to your True Self
Two weeks ago I actually gained a pound, and I was going to not show up for my meeting. I was waiting for my sweet friend to text about what time we would attend, and I was going to create some excuse to get myself out of attending that meeting and weighing in. But this little voice inside my head told me otherwise. When I got the text, I chose to be transparent. I told her I had gained! You know what? She didn’t mock or ridicule me. She didn’t make me feel worthless. Instead, she said it is okay and told me about her journey. She said to go in there with your head up and weigh in. You won’t be the only one who gained and you certainly won’t be the last.
When I went to weigh in, I wasn’t mocked there either. I had assumed that the lady would remark about how I had gained weight and needed to follow the program better. Guess what? That didn’t happen! She simply recorded my weight and reminded me of what I had accomplished so far and that next week would be better.
During my meeting, I accidentally raised my hand to signal my friend to come and sit by me and it was mistaken for me wanting to share a non-weight scale victory. Seriously! I didn’t mean to be called on. After all, I gained weight. What could I possibly say for some Bravo celebration? In an effort to continue being transparent on this journey, I decided to tell them about the struggle I faced with coming to a meeting after I gained weight. This opened the line of communication to hear real stories of others that have experienced exactly what I had. If I had gone through with my own plan of not attending, I would have missed out on this. The community gave me the motivation to do what I needed to. I chose to learn from the experience and grow. The following week, I lost that pound!
Now that I understand my journey a little better, I need the motivation to walk at least a mile a day. What better way to do that than take my blog readers on this journey with me. I need the motivation to walk this mile daily and hosting a Facebook group will help me in this endeavor. I also hope that it will help you too!
Walk a Mile Challenge
Are you willing to commit for 30, 45, 60, or 100 days or beyond? I am ready and willing to accept this challenge. All we have to do is move our bodies forward for at least 1 mile, every day? Whether you choose to run, jog, walk, crawl, bike or swim, just break out of your normal routine and move a mile a day. Studies have shown that if you commit to something for 21 to 30 days, you can break old habits and create a new one. With a new year ahead, why not make this year about you!
I will be on this journey with you and will provide that support and motivation! You will get to be a part of an AMAZING support group, a Facebook page filled with tips and motivation to get us through this challenge. Whether you want to lose weight or just commit to fitness, join us as we commit to moving at least a mile a day.
Together, we can do this!