In the words of Brett from 6 Weeks “fail early, fail often”. That’s been the story for me these past weeks when it comes to exercise.
Now in all fairness I believe that Brett advocates learning from those mistakes. While I am in favour of that idea, I just haven’t been able to put it into practise. I just can’t get back on that horse.
It’s the most bizarre thing! I have a desire to be in better shape, I don’t want to be an tired old man when my son is ready to play ball. So I think it’s time to change things, yet I haven’t been able to put that motivation into practice. I don’t want to be a heart attack waiting to happen when I’m 50, yet I do nothing.
Now understand that I don’t eat poorly, my diet is fairly balanced. I have a weakness for snack food, but I try to limit myself. I’m also not in bad shape, I know people who are worse. However, I don’t want to slide down this slope. I fear that if I keep going things will only get worse and then it will be a truly monumental battle to fix.
I realize all of these things, yet I have done nothing.
As I write this I wonder, what type of a kick in the pants do I need?
I know what is required, I know how to eat healthy, what exercise to do. I don’t need to read a book to learn ‘how’. I know how.
I also know why I want these things, I’ve outlined it above.
I have come to the realization that I know where I want to be, I know what is required to get there. I have a road map if you will. What I need to do is break it down. I need to get very specific regarding the process.
What I need to do is set tiny goals. On his blog Brett lists his weekly objectives, one of them is “Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! daily”. He’s created a list. That’s what I need to do, create a list combined with small daily goals.
This takes me back to my post the other week on SMART Goal Setting. I need to create specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time sensitive goals regarding exercise.
So here they are:
- Specific: I will be working out to Tony Horton’s Power Half Hour. I already own it so there is no capital to be spent.
- Measurable: I have some weight to loose, I’ll monitor this on a weekly basis (no I’m not sharing the numbers, at least not at this point).
- Achievable: I’ve experimented with this workout series in the past, I know it’s on a level I can handle.
- Realistic: Working out 5 or 6 times a week for 30 minutes each is realistic.
- Time: Thirty minutes a day, 5 or 6 times a week. I will continue this for a 3 month period and then I will review my progress to make adjustments.
This is achievable. With some perseverance I will succeed.
I may fail on occasion with exercise, but I hope that I am done with failing often.