5 Day Streak—Day Two—Allen’s Dog strikes again!

October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s Day 2 of my 5 day streak to get up every day and go walking.  I was challenged by a dog who chooses to remain anonymous.  He will only reveal that his owner’s name is Allen.  But this dog is psychologically astute.  He seems to know me well.   And if you’re looking for a personal trainer, Allen’s dog is in the business of training people.

Oh you thought people trained dogs?  Maybe….

Unless you’re Allen’s dog.  Because THIS dog has no time for games.  And when he decides to train you—he doesn’t mess around.

If you want to read Day One of how Allen’s dog motivated me to start moving HERE it is!

So on to today’s progress….

Whenever I start doing something new in the realm of exercise, I usually can get through about 3 or 4 days before I want to quit.  As I’ve fallen off the wagon, I have to now reform the habit.  My goal is consistency–plain and simple.  It’s not the distance. It’s not the time.  It’s just doing it every day that is my goal.  Not making any excuses.  That is why I have made it simple.  Only half a mile.  Something that even I cannot makeup an excuse to not do.  But it’s still tough in the beginning because after a few days, I start to lose my drive.  That is why I have to power through the first 2 or 3 weeks until I start to feel the benefits of it again which gives me extra motivation to keep going.

I had already done about 4 days last week.  But I started a 5 day streak this week because I knew it was coming.  The wall I will inevitably hit.  The wall that says “I’m staying in bed”.  And this morning I hit it.  Last night I was helping CJ with his history project and we fell asleep on the couch.  Let me tell you something about sleeping on the couch with a 9 year old boy.  NOT COMFORTABLE.  First, he stole the blanket so I woke up freezing cold.  Second, his foot was in my face.  Also not comfortable.  So when I woke up I immediately determined that I didn’t feel well enough to go walking.

“I’m just not doing it today and I don’t really care if it’s only half a mile!! It is a half mile that I will NOT be walking.  So OH WELL.”

I get rebellious sometimes 

But wouldn’t you know it?? I picked up my phone and what was the first notification I see??

Allen walked his dog! And THIS TIME…the dog walked 1.6 MILES.


I mean Allen has been walking that dog 0.4 miles every day 3 or 4 times a day.  And I decided to get up and go walking too because of it.  I wasn’t going to be outwalked by Allen’s dog.  If he could walk half a mile so could I.  But today it is raining AGAIN and my son’s foot was jammed halfway up my nose for who knows how many hours and I was freezing to death and my back hurt.  I don’t need to prove anything to Allen’s dog.  I am not walking that half mile.

Except on this day they walked 1.6 miles.  Way to step it up, Allen’s dog!  It’s like he knows what is going on.  Like he knows what’s happening.  He will never pass up an opportunity to shove in my face that he’s more committed than I am.

Oh you won’t do our half mile this morning? Fine you lay in bed, Holly, and I’ll just walk three times as far instead.  

I’m so sick of Allen and his dog.  Off I went to throw on my shoes and sweatshirt.  Out the door we go.

Today I wasn’t feeling it though.  And I’m not lying, I think my son kicked me in the face last night because it hurts.  But WHATEVER.  I did it.  I was slow and it took me an extra minute but I did it.   I still jogged up the hill and I jogged all the rest of my street back home.  It doesn’t matter that I wined and complained and it took an extra minute.  It’s about consistency so it’s a WIN.

Don’t let the 9:15 AM thing fool you.  I am guessing that is when I snapped the picture of it and that’s why it says that.  I am getting out there before I take the kids to school. That’s part of my challenge.  So it’s usually between 5-6 am.  Who am I kidding? Today it was 6:40 and the kids were like, “Mom!! Don’t make us late to school!”  But I told them I had to do this BEFORE school because that is part of the challenge. Priorities, people??

And they weren’t late!



PS.  I just want to point out that as I went back to edit any mistakes I noticed that I wrote this…”I WINED and complained”

That’s right, folks.  Not that I WHINED with an “h” but that I WINED.

UGH!  Either I am really starting to lose it in my 40’s with spelling (which pains me as a former English teacher) OR this is my subconscious mind pushing forward that it misses the wine I have been working diligently at giving up.

Because it’s not enough that I have to give up sweets and food that I love.  Now I get attached to wine and have to give that up also.  DOES IT EVER END??  The amount of things I like and have to give up?  Some days I just want to scream it’s so frustrating.  But I won’t.

After all, Allen’s dog is out there somewhere.  Waiting.  And he doesn’t like weakness.  So let’s get moving!

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Jo October 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Yay! YOU DID IT!!! So did I. Hi five Holly.


Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 14, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Thanks JO!! Back at you!!


Anneli October 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm

A clear win!!!
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Barb October 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

WTG Allen’s dog and awesome for you Holly!

I’m on day 2 of success! I don’t like posting on Facebook because I don’t like all my “friends” seeing me trying to lose weight again! I’ve only tried it a 1000x.


Anneli October 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Your post got me to thinking (so much more fun to solve your problems rather than my own)—for me, walking is a real pleasure, not exercise or a chore. In fact, once I got to thinking about it, walking is probably in the top 10 pleasures of my life–(with food in the #1 spot). In fact, I’m going crazy right now because I’ve hurt my knee and can’t walk–and it’s October, and the leaves are changing and the soft breeze is blowing, and the sky is blue, and I’m MISSING IT!!! (I especially love to read while I walk). Not everyone is a walker of course, but I was thinking about what others do for fun–not for exercise, for fun. One friend does dragon boat racing, another rides horses, a few golf. I’m convinced that somewhere out there are somethings that you LIKE to do–but maybe you just haven’t discovered them yet, or maybe the activities are so weighed down with the idea of “exercise” that they are in the drudgery category. Or maybe you don’t give yourself credit for the active things you do that aren’t in the “exercise” category–like watching your son’s ball games? You’re clapping and cheering. By all means, keep up the morning official exercise—-I’m just thinking that if you can recognize that you don’t hate all movement–then maybe it will be a little easier to like your official exercise time more. 🙂 Good luck!


Natalie October 15, 2014 at 12:47 am

Great work! You can outwalk that stupid dog, I know you can.
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 16, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Thanks Natalie!! The poor dog has no idea how he tortures me!


Nicola October 15, 2014 at 6:28 am

Don’t let Allen’s dog beat you!! Holly for the win 🙂


Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 16, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Thanks nicola!!


Linda October 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Hey Holly

I went to hear a short talk by Jillian Michaels and she confirmed that the exercise 5-6 days a week is the difference betw losing 2 pds a MONTH to losing 1 1/2 -2 pounds a week !!! Just that extra differential it adds. That 300-500 cal burn plus its afterburn makes all the difference !! I struggle w exercise too because of the uncomfortableness of it. But it really is not optional unless we want painfully slow losses!
Which i do not! Hard to stay motivated when scale moves only 2 pds in 1 month eating 1200 cals day ! So u r on the right track ! Keep up w the dog Holly !!! Hilariously funny btw. But whatever works !!
When it stops working. Find something else. We r all in this together !
Love ur blog !!


Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 16, 2014 at 7:22 pm

wow. that is a huge difference. You are right . We need that constant positive feedback to keep going. When I feel like I am not going anywhere then I get discouraged. And I can’t let that happen anymore!


Wendy October 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I seriously LOVE this! I love the goal of doing something every day. I start and stop exercise programs all the time. This might be one I can do 🙂
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Holly from 300 Pounds Down October 16, 2014 at 7:21 pm

Thanks Wendy!!! Like you I have started and stopped a thousand times. I think it’s easier to just start so small that we won’t quit. Slowly we build it up over time and it becomes a habit. That’s what I am trying to do…again!


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