Oh, yes, they call it The Streak!
Monday, October 10, 2011
To get myself back in the swing of things, I signed up for the Sparkpeople 10-Minute-a-Day Challenge. I don't think that's the proper name of it, but whatever. It is a 4-week challenge designed to get you back in the habit of exercising by committing to 10 minutes of exercise a day. This is not exactly a new concept for me, but treating it as a streak is. I like games and I have a collecting nature; I play games like Neopets and where the satisfaction comes from finding all the items on a list or climbing higher on the leaderboard. I would love to be able to say that I walked 10 minutes a day every day for a month. Now, if I can make myself do the actual walking!
The weather seems to be cooperating, and right on time. It is 68 degrees here, which is perfect walking weather to me. I was walking on my lunch break for a few months until it got too hot outside to do that. I tried to transfer the habit to walking on my treadmill at home, but never stuck with it. With my current schedule, midday is when I have the most energy to exercise. I really don't like the attention I draw from my coworkers from walking around the block ("Are you dieting? What plan are you following? Have you lost anything yet?"), but I've decided to suck it up and not use that as an excuse to skip exercising.
One excuse I could have used today,though, was the pain in my foot. I was going to start my walking yesterday, but when I went downstairs to get on the treadmill I got sidetracked. I decided to take the trashcan outside to wash it and let it air out. Of course, in my clumsiness I stepped on a clump of grass and twisted my ankle. The good thing is that it didn't swell up this time, but it does feel a bit tender. I walked around the block twice today and halfway through my second lap I almost stopped because I felt a twinge every time I put my foot down. I soldiered on, but I'm thinking that maybe I should wrap my ankle before I walk tomorrow. Either that or do chair exercises like they do in the pensioners' home!