I’ve keep a Journal or An Exercise Workout Log for most of my life. I’ve keep a Journal or a Log, my sister kept a Diary. I never kept a diary, or wrote the silly stuff she used to write in hers…. opps.
the Power of Setting Goals.
Why I Keep Them
Every once in a while, usually when I’m clearing stuff out I’ll find one of my old journals or Exercise Workout Logs. Why are they important to me? Well, at the time if I write it down, I don’t have to remember; sets, reps, time, distances, weights, pains… and Successes! It also gives me an incentive to set what my next Goal should be.
A couple of weeks ago, I was up early looking through some old stuff on my computer and I found this Exercise Log from 2011.
Tues. June 21st 2011 the First Day of Summer I weighed 245 lbs.
My goal was to walk a mile without pain from shin splints.
What a scary time that brings back. Morbidly Obese, unable to walk without pain. I’m sure I was huffing and puffing just to make it up the stairs to my apartment. I didn’t see any note of it, but I was probably deeply depressed. If I wasn’t depressed, I darn sure had a good reason to get depressed.
Let’s fast forward… three years later….
Sunday Sept. 7th 2014
What a beautiful day, sunny in the 60’s. My weight has been kind of stalled at 190. I’ve been trying to get to 180 for a family wedding I’ve got coming up. I walk or jog every day. Today is my day to jog as far as I can and then walk the rest of the park for about 3 miles total. I haven’t been able to jog ¾ of a mile without stopping, but I was going to give it my best today.
I walked to the park, stretched and started jogging real slow. What I like to do is
pick out the slowest jogger I can find and let them set the pace for me. If I set the pace I tend to go too fast and get winded too soon. What I really like to do is to find a slow moving ponytail and follow that. The ponytail swinging back and forth kind of hypnotizes me as well.
Any way, I want to jog a mile today. I start off nice and easy, the first ¼ mile I’m just loosening up. At the ½ mile mark, I’m feeling pretty good.
At the ¾ mark, I’m okay, not great, but nothing hurts and I’m not breathing heavy… I’m okay. I know where the 1 mile marker is and I know I’m going to make it. For the first time this year 1 mile jogging without stopping. I cross the 1 mile mark and I keep going, I’m okay so why not. I’m starting to feel it now, I’m not at the mile and a ¼ mark, but I know I can do it.
I Did It! 1 ¼ miles without stopping.
First time this year. I set an achievable goal, I hit it and kept going. I walked a ¼ mile and then tried jogging another ¼, but I got winded, so not today.
When I got home and out of the shower I couldn’t wait to weigh myself, I just wanted to be under 190. It read 188.4.
Should you keep An Exercise Workout Log?
All I can tell you is, I’m glad I wrote that old journal, I’m glad I found it today. I’m happy to share this great day with you, and to tell you I’m not the same person that wrote that Log back in 2011.
Just a blackboard in the kitchen, with your Goal written on it, to track your progress. This was for my nieces wedding. You can see the reminder on the bulletin board. I didn’t hit my goal, but nobody at the wedding knew. They thought I was looking good.
I had my Pizza the next week. A homemade Bolognese Pizza, it was amazing. You can eat anything you want still lose weight.
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