I had to replace my FitBit (again), and decided to get a Zip to see if the smaller and more rugged construction will help it survive longer.
While I was setting it up, I looked at my recent history, and my goals.
I had been using a goal of four miles a day. But that was set when I had a four day work week, an office next to two major walking paths, and a lot less work travel.
It was also before I had, y'know, multiple tumors taken out of my neck.
I've been averaging about one and three quarters to two miles pretty consistently. I decided to change my goals down to two and a half (5000 steps). It doesn't sound like a big deal, but it took a LOT, mentally, to change it.
It's hard not to see it as a setback. A failure. Like I haven't been able to stick with things. But I need to get out of that mindset. Like I mentioned, I had major surgery, and to an extent my body is STILL healing. My work routines, my travel, even my living situation has changed.
I'm adjusting. I'm setting a goal that is more achievable right now, and that I can use as encouragement instead of a burden.
And in time, I can more that goal back up again.
Maybe I am falling back, but I have to keep in mind that I can still advance, too.