Where I'm having trouble is with my walking mileage, and with fitness activities in general. It's far too easy to cut myself some slack on Wednesdays and Thursdays (work days), and it was especially easy this week, since I mowed the yard both days as well.
(For those of you who may not know, our house is in the middle of a three-acre field. Sometimes I do the whole yard on one day, but usually I split it up. It takes three hours to finish the job.)
In order to make my 1000-miles-in-2013 goal, I need to walk an additional 649 miles in the next 245 days. Most of those days will be nice weather. Southern West Virginia winters don't really settle in until January. That's about 2.5 miles/day, or 18.5 miles per week. I'd really hoped to do consistent 20-mile weeks, to give myself a mileage cushion. Seventeen weeks into the year, though, and only 10 of my weeks have exceeded 20 miles.
I have a walking date this morning. Travel tomorrow will preclude any opportunity. Sunday is the last day of my week, which is wrapping up to be pretty light on miles – only four so far, and in spite of plans to work in the garden then I'm going to start the day on my feet AND on the road.
I thought about wearing a pedometer at work, because I surely do get a couple miles in there, but I want my walking to be walking – either outdoors or on the elliptical. Arms swinging and full strides rather than baby steps and dragging a watering hose around behind me.
And that's the other part of the fitness equation. Working at a garden center makes use of plenty o'muscle, but not in the controlled, disciplined way that lifting dumbbells or doing lunges and squats does.
THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED that beginning next week and continuing throughout my term of employment this year, I will walk three miles from 7 to 8 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. I did two miles one morning before work and it was fine, but it's far too easy to let the blog writing/reading and Facebook cruising and Pinterest browsing take over. (It's 7:24 as I type, and I got up at 6.) Clearly I have the time. As for the strength training? Well, y'all know that's not my favorite fitness factor.
One thing at a time.
I will build on my two recent successes – not coming in last at the 5K (how was that for a goal?) and sticking with the paleo method for FOUR STRAIGHT WEEKS – to muster up the discipline to Make. This. Happen.