30 days ago I took on the 40 day challenge. Wherein I seek to work out …do some kind of intentional exercise for 30 minutes, 40 days in a row. I did not finish. But, I did not fail.
Why did I stop? I came home on Thursday to a dirty pool, and said to myself, “You don’t need to work out. You can clean the pool Vigorously. And that will be a great workout!” So, yeah. That is not a workout. I said on Friday, “Yeah, you are standing around at a football game. That burns calories.” Um, no. I knew we were in trouble when we headed to Burger King after the game. At 9:00 at night. Saturday came and went with a birthday party for a 14 year old. 10 boys …NOT a workout, and not intentional.
Here’s what I DID gain
- I went from 196 to 189. Yes. That’s pounds. American pounds. I had such a slide after the LA Marathon, and I was really hopeless to lose the weight. But, I stepped on the scale yesterday to the numbers staying on the 8. I was not only thrilled, I finally had hope. I believe that the small bits of exercise I was getting jump started my metabolism.
- Tracking. I started to be more diligent with tracking on Livestrong My Plate. I’m pretty bad about that, so I just did what I could. If it goes in my mouth, I write it down. Simple.
- I loved swimming again. I liked running. I wrote a post about how I was staying on track.
- I got a new job. I’m teaching High School English in a public charter online school. Medical benefits. Pays retirement. Working at home. I started trying to figure out ways I had to move during the day, because sitting with my new fancy computer every day would make my butt get new and fancy and big too. I rediscovered the gym.
- I learned that most things are out of my control. That the only control I have is inside my bubble. That relationships with harley guy and children and family and work people are all based on me being truthful and staying current. I cannot control what will or will not hurt my children. I can only be there when they fall. And…they will fall. My job is to be here to help apply a band-aid.
- I learned that if I don’t workout, I won’t workout tomorrow either. That’s how I am. All or nothing.