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13 July 2013 @ 10:44 pm
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.
Ardaniel S. Collier: hunterardaniel on July 14th, 2013 04:28 am (UTC)
Mine's at 2500. I try not to let it be a goad; it's one of an arsenal of self-care weapons.

Also the thing is crazy about car rides. I hate that. ;)
Blind Zen Archerbzarcher on July 14th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
Hee. :)

But, yea. I need it to be a status device, and an encouragement. I think this will help.
worldmegan for the fewworldmegan on July 19th, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
This makes so much sense. I've noticed that if I use the stick of "exercise anyway, dammit!" my punishment annoyance and resistance flares up and I stop cooperating. But if I use the carrot of "let's just go and enjoy it, and take it slow as long as we have to" and walk instead of run, or minimize distance, or just go to yoga and go thru the motions instead of forcing myself to push... I end up enjoying everything more and more, which ends up getting me out there way more often, and when I'm happy and I really feel good, I put more energy into it anyway -- and all that means overall more benefit to my health.

That's a longass way of saying I think you're smart. :}
Blind Zen Archerbzarcher on July 19th, 2013 11:01 am (UTC)
Aww. That means a lot, thanks. :)