Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Day Five - Don't Take No For an Answer

Today I learned that I tend to take no as an answer and give up.  I also learned the value of not doing so.  When encountered with "no" my friend encouraged me to ask "what do I have to do to move this to a yes?" and keep searching for options until you do.  While the end result may not be exactly what you started with, you are able to move ideas into actions and that is more valuable in the long run.

I noticed today that it was really hard to keep up with the gym/workout portion of my challenge, ironically, the blogging part was really easy.  Earlier today, in a fit of energy and cockiness, I informed my boyfriend that I was going to do 4 miles on the treadmill today.  Now my minimum each day has been 2.5 and the most I've done has been 3.5.  Since I'm walking, this usually takes at least 45 minutes to complete.  Seriously, what was I thinking?  So I went to the gym and twenty minutes into my workout I decided that if I could make it to 2.5 miles without collapsing I would consider it a miracle.  I played my favorite music and made sure the songs had a fast beat.  Around the thirty minute mark I started to think I might make it to 2.5 miles.  And then at 3.25 I decided to end with a specific song as reward but as I was searching through the playlist I kept saying "and that one, and that one, and that one."  I listened to them all and finished at 4.25 miles (and over 77 minutes)!  I am now showered, and exhausted, and hungry...and so proud of myself.  I'm starting to think this process might actually result in some new (good) habits!  Are you with me?  How are you progressing?  How do you keep yourself going when you just want to stop?