This time last year I had lost quite a bit of weight, was feeling much healthier but I decided that I needed to get some exercise. I also broke my ankle a couple of years back and struggled to do too much on it since then so I started out quite basic. My unofficial mantra back then was ‘I do not jog’. I’d tell everyone so proudly about the weight loss and the new healthy lifestyle with the ‘walking’ but I’d always tag on ‘no, I don’t jog’.
Here’s the thing – I was not ‘not jogging’ because of any real benefit, although I’d make reference to my (now healed) ankle, but rather, I was afraid I couldn’t jog. That I’d look silly or that I simply wouldn’t be able to keep going.
Well, here’s the thing. I’ve had a few setbacks over the last 12 months. I do struggle to keep to my routine when the kids are off school and I didn’t go out in the big snow last year because it was slippery (and a bit too cold 😉 ) but I have built up my exercise from power walking 2 miles on 2 mornings per week to power walking 2 miles on 4 mornings per week until… (drum roll please) one morning I realised I couldn’t walk any faster and tried jogging.
That was just a couple of weeks ago. I still don’t jog the whole way round my course, I alternate jogging and walking but I can do it. I will build up to jogging the whole course – I don’t doubt it. I don’t look silly (even if I do, I actually don’t care) and do you know what – I really enjoy it. I feel such a boost on the mornings I go out. I’ve invested in better trainers to support my ankle but despite my fears I think the walking I did strengthened it.
My point really is that to do anything you only need to take baby steps, as long as you take some kind of action. Start small – I walked in my normal clothes at my normal pace to start with, eventually building up speed and pace, graduating to needing to wear sports clothes and, well, you know the rest. It’s not just true for exercise, its true for healthy eating too. The same with your mindset. Make small changes and build up to the radical change you want. Because the girl who does not jog, just started. And you can too 🙂
Please leave me a comment – I’d love to know your victories and successes too.