I have fallen from the wagon this week into a big pile of cow mess.
I haven’t done any serious exercising since Monday, and even Monday is debatable.
There’s no good reason. No crushing demands on my time. No excuse for me to cling to. But in the interest of learning something from the experience, I will venture a guess as to what’s happened.
No Plan for this Week
Unlike weeks one and two, I didn’t start this week with a plan. That made it easy for me to cheat, since I didn’t have any specific goals. I had hoped to maintain the momentum from last week and simply stay in good habits, but it seems that’s not specific enough. I need to define clearer goals for the week, and maybe even day by day to ensure that they get done.
After letting one day slip, it was pretty easy to let the next one slip, and so on. Even though I didn’t have specific goals, I did have the overall goals from week one of exercising regularly and eating better. But once I had cheated and gotten away with it with no obvious consequences it was more comfortable to let the next day slide.
Willpower and Accountability
As I mentioned at the outset of this project, one of the reasons for doing this publicly in a blog rather than a private journal or spreadsheet was that I have very little willpower when it comes to things like diet and exercise. I had hoped that by tracking progress in a blog I’d feel accountable to the readers, and therefore I’d be more motivated to stay on track. But this blog is new and I haven’t really announced it anywhere yet, so there haven’t been any readers (that I know of).
So in practice it’s been like keeping a private journal but leaving it unlocked in a cupboard no one opens. Yes, someone could find it and read it, but the odds are pretty low. That means that if I slack off or cheat, I’m still accountable only to myself. That should be enough, but in the end I don’t think it will be.
So what to do now? It seems like I should start with the following:
- Get back to 30 – 60 minutes of exercise per day
- Don’t miss any days
- Spread the word about this blog to some folks
- Look to communities and other sites for motivation
Hopefully these corrections made now will be enough to get me back on track.