5 Day Streak—Day 3 and 4!

October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

***If you’re looking for my Thursday “Not Afraid” Challenge and Giveaway post then go HERE.  I accidentally posted it yesterday because I thought that yesterday was Thursday.  Turns out it wasn’t.  Now I have an extra day in my week! But that’s ok…moving on!***

The 5 Day Streak Challenge

So I’m still at it!  Are you?  This is Day 4 of the 5 Day Streak to do something…anything….for 5 days straight.

If you want to know what motivated me then check out my post on why I think exercise could be the secret weapon to mind control!! Ok that’s a bit dramatic but it’s basically what I’ve been thinking about lately.

Also here is the post on what inspired me to start this 5 day Streak Challenge:

  5 Day Streak (the dog did it!)

I didn’t post my day 3 update on here yesterday. I posted it on my Facebook page  which you can find here—-300 Pounds Down Facebook Page  I try to post  there every day so check it out.  Especially  if you’re looking for less longwinded entries by me!  I can’t write as much there so if you get sick of me rambling head over there for the more condensed version!

So to recap: My personal 5 Day Challenge was to walk/jog for a half mile every day for 5 days straight.  That’s a streak, right?? I decided if Allen’s dog could walk a half mile 4 or 5 times a day then I could certainly walk a half mile at least ONCE a day.  I used to do Crossfit for goodness sakes.  Why can’t I motivate myself to do something…anything….now??

Start small.  So small you won’t quit.  Then do it every day.  Let it snowball.   That’s the way to get back in the game!

Yesterday was Day 3.  The middle of the challenge.  The exact time where I usually am “over it” and want to give up.  When I woke up, I had no interest in moving.  I couldn’t muster up the mental strength.  With one eye open, I checked my updates on the phone .  Allen’s dog had already walked 0.9 miles….of course! And I decided to let him win. So  I went back to sleep.

 

But soon it was time to take the kids to school. And the idea of not completing this challenge was weighing me down.  Especially when the distance I had set for myself to go was so small.  It made it hard for me to give up.  And isn’t THAT what we need?? A goal that is hard NOT to complete? One that is actually tough to NOT accomplish?

 

When I got home it was still raining. But I knew what I had to do. I got out there with my umbrella and I made it happen.   I still jogged up that hill but I wasn’t too quick the rest of the way. The rain slowed me down but I did it.  The win was in!!!!

 

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300 Pounds Down's photo.

 

That was yesterday—Day 3.   Today was Day 4.

And this morning I had a similar feeling.  I didn’t want to make myself move.  This is what always happens.  It’s a pattern in my life.  I start out guns blazing and then within a few days I’m already done.  But that’s the brilliance of starting small.  It is really hard for me to say no to that half of a mile because at this stage in my life it’s between 13 and 15 minutes of my life.  It’s hard to make up a reason why I can’t do that.  So even though I didn’t get out there at 5 am, I still got out there.  And this time I managed to still get it done before taking the kids to school.

I jogged more of it today than I have all week.  This is my quickest time yet.  Now let me add that trying to jog the whole thing or even beat my time is NOT part of my challenge.  My challenge is simply to do the half mile.  Nothing more.  But in the midst of that if I feel inspired to give myself mini challenges then why not?

When I started out it wasn’t pitch black dark but it was dreary. There was just a slight bit of light peeking through.  It looked like this—

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As I kept going, that light started breaking through.  At one point, I got to the dead end circle at the bottom of my neighborhood.  And in that short amount of time, the sun had already started to light up the sky so much more.

 

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That is when I have to turn back around and start jogging up that hill.  I make myself go to that 2nd mailbox which sits at the top.   That is the worst part of it for me.  It’s always tough to go up hill.  When I got to the top, I looked back and it was almost shocking.  I couldn’t believe  how much the sky had changed in the few minutes it took me to get up that hill.  There I was moving forward and behind me the whole sky was changing.  As I continued back to the house, it just kept shining brighter.  In a matter of 12 or 13 minutes, I went from gloomy to a bright painting in the sky.

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I am reminded today that this is what the journey is like.   When we start out, it seems hopeless.  Maybe there is a dim light in the distant.  Just a small faint hint of hope.   As we step out though in faith and start moving in the right direction, the light increases.  The hope gets bigger.  Then one day there we are—with a painting in the sky.   It all happened before we knew it.  We might have been struggling up that hill thinking we would never get there when right behind us was hope right on our heels ready to take over our life!

On Day 4 of my 5 Day Challenge I not only accomplished it but I jogged half of it and had my quickest time yet!

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If you look at my progress below you may notice the same thing that I did.

It’s interesting to note that my longest time (and worst day) came right before my quickest time and best day.

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THAT Is how it works. Because what they say is true.  It’s darkest before the dawn.  Right when you are ready to throw in the towel and quit—that is probably when you are right on the cusp of your biggest victory.  The truth is that the enemy will fight his hardest right before you are about to win.  He knows when you are about to turn the corner.  When you are about to finally gain victory over whatever has been holding you back.  It could be a mindset.  It could be a false belief that is keeping you hopeless.  But whatever it is—the enemy will strike hard when he knows you are about to overcome it.

He will make it so bleak and dark that you actually think there is no point in going on.  He will make you believe that there is no end in sight when in fact the finish line is just a few feet away.  So if you’re feeling at your lowest point—take heart!  That probably means your victory is right around the corner.

I don’t care that it’s only half a mile.  I don’t care if it seems SMALL.   The point is that for  4 days straight  I’ve done it.  And tomorrow if I accomplish this again then I will have succeeded at my challenge.  I will have built consistency by doing it 5 days straight RAIN OR SHINE.

And trust me—there has been more rain than shine.

I’m building the mental strength to once again get up and fight.  To once again keep going in spite of how I FEEL.  And I really believe that this is going to change things.  It’s going to get me moving once again in the right direction.  Being consistent means you refuse to let your emotions control you.  That rain won’t stop you.  It means you can trust yourself to keep going when it looks bleak because you now believe in hope once again.  You can see past the doubts.  But it takes small steps to grow faith.  Like the half mile I am working on.  Or 30 seconds if that is easier for you.  But small is fine.  Small works.  Because this principle is ALWAYS true–

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.

Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

So start small.  And then just keep going.

Before you know it you’ve accomplished a 5 day streak!  And if we can do THAT…then what else will we be able to do?

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Jo October 16, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Hi Holly, I didn’t realise you posted your walk on facebook, I will have to remember that. I was dying to tell you yesterday that I had completed day 2. Anyway, I completed day 3 today. It was a miserable rainy day, no moon, just black skies. I was going to pass but then I thought of you and that darn dog 🙂 So I got my umbrella, coat and hat and headed out before I talked myself out of it. I was wondering what kind of weather you and Allen’s dog were having. When I got home it was light but very heavy clouds and no gorgeous sunrise like I saw a couple of mornings but I was done and proud. I will check back here or facebook tomorrow and report a successfull day 4 (’cause that dog is not going to beat me).

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 16, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Oh that is so awesome Jo!!!! Way to go!! I am so proud of you!! I had a rainy day too and it was super yucky but we did it! Now I will remember you out there in the rain the next time I want to quit bc of that! Allen’s dog will not outtalk us!

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Tessie October 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Hi, Holly!
Good going with the streak!

I myself am a runner and I get up very early every day, depending on the weather, and run, and then come back and take my dog for a walk (she’s working up to becoming my running pal, but she’s not quite there yet.)

Anywhoo, something else I do almost every day: my husband has a very demanding job; he is at the office for long hours, where he sits most of the time. This worries me a lot, so for Christmas last year I bought him a treadmill desk.

Of course, my husband thought this was kind of weird so the thing sat in two big boxes until a few weeks ago. Then I had my husband get rid of the table in our breakfast nook and put up the treadmill desk. Now, even though I consider myself a pretty active person, just like many people I love LOVE LOVE to sit on the couch for hours every evening and watch my favorite TV shows. So now most nights I crank up the treadmill desk while I’m watching all my stories on the big TV. It’s great! The desk part is big and stable so I can also work at my computer while I slowly walk.

I also have a regular treadmill, which is good for indoor running, (when I watch movies on my iPad) because the treadmill desk only does a max of 4mph.

With your schoolwork this might be a good idea for your situation (you can walk as slow as .4 mph, but, heck, you’re still moving!). The steps really add up fast! (The machine counts steps, which is nice). Allen’s dog would be toast. The drawback (and I think it’s pretty much the only one, oh, though it does take up a good amount of space, though it fits fine in my smallish breakfast nook) is that it is quite expensive. For me, it was a good investment because I spend MUCH less time sitting on the couch. I watched the entire Ken Burns Roosevelt series while I walked on it. I can’t wait for Downton Abbey to return!!!

Of course, you may also think this is kind of weird (like my sedentary husband does), and I wouldn’t blame you! But if not, I ordered it from Amazon, and it was delivered right to my front door, free shipping. My husband put it together for me, but it didn’t look that hard to do. The boxes are really big and heavy though!

Ok, just a thought on a pretty easy way to incorporate more movement into your day. Take it for what it’s worth!

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I don’t think it is weird at all. I think treadmill desks are very cool. I have literally thought about doing this before. The ones I had seen were creatively put together by someone. I didn’t know you could buy one already done . Very cool! I think its an awesome idea! But ooooh Downton Abbey…..I am still mad about Matthew. I missed all of the past season bc I couldn’t get over it! I probably should consider letting go at some point LOL

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Renee October 16, 2014 at 8:08 pm

“I don’t care that it’s only half a mile. I don’t care if it seems SMALL. The point is that for 4 days straight I’ve done it. And tomorrow if I accomplish this again then I will have succeeded” I LOVE IT!

I don’t care that its only 3.6 pounds. I don’t care that it’s only been four days so far. I don’t care that I have so much more to go. If I stay on course tomorrow…I will have succeeded, again. 🙂

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Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm

YES!!!!! That is just plain awesome Renee!!!!

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