I walked again yesterday and the day before and the day before that. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but for someone who has not exercised consistently in the last few years, this is a big step.
And you know what got me moving? I set a goal.
A friend had posted a link to a #November50miles challenge on Facebook the other day. She had tentatively marked that she was “interested” in doing this. And you know, as I looked at that I thought “she can totally do that.” I’ve seen her posting regularly about her new running/walking life, and it has been such an encouragement to me. Every time I see her post I think “Go girl! You are doing this hard thing and rockin’ it!” So I posted a comment that she was inspiring me, and I’d think about taking up that challenge.
I told my husband about the challenge. He and I both looked at each other in our weariness and said, “We need a goal. We need to do something this month that we have control over, and despite all our setbacks, we can do this.”
So we said, “Yes, put us down for 50 miles in November!” My husband even made us quick little check off sheets to spur us on as we begin to cross the miles off each day.
And while our daily mileage is a little low and we are only a few days in, just seeing those miles start to get ticked off is encouraging us to keep going when we don’t really want to do it. Establishing new habits can be hard!
But we are finding that going for a walk together each morning has some added benefits. Like some much needed time to talk, brainstorm, laugh, and dream a little bit about where we go from here.
I totally believe that setting goals helps move you forward even in little ways. It gives us something to focus on and keeps us moving (no pun intended).
What goals are you setting this month to keep yourself motivated? If you don’t have one, pick one! It’s not to late to join the November challenge if you need a goal!