Exercise · Heath

Ups and downs today.

So, yesterday saw me getting up 6am to exercise.  This morning, I didn’t get out of bed.  I did really mean to.  I got up at 9am.  So, this morning ritual thing takes some getting used to.  So, we got in the car and drove out to Oldbury on Severn and walked.  We walked some more and it was lovely.  Blue skies and the temperature was just right!  There was still something niggling at me.

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The walk continued and as we neared the nuclear power station, I had walked 3.4 miles.  My heart rate was steady, but I kept the pace up.  Canadian Geese flew overhead, the sun shone – yet still something was bothering me.

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As we returned to our starting point, a delightful community cafe – I had a coffee in hand and my wife and I chatted.  Something was still up.  We then walked a further 10 minutes through the village, up a hill, and sat looking over the Severn.  A fantastic view from the churchyard.  I realised what was wrong.  I still felt guilt that I hadn’t stuck to my goal.  It was the first, in the first week, that I had let something slip.  I had been beating myself up for it.

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Because I’m new to this, I don’t know how to deal with things not going to plan.  Despite doing the exercise and having a lovely time too, I feel that not getting up and hitting the street as planned – I’d taken a step back to what I was doing.

So, I’m confronted with two options, do I get up at 6am tomorrow, or do I allow myself to find other ways of exercising.  The main point of this morning routine is to achieve exercise when I’m working.  I’m not working at the moment, but is that an excuse?  Probably.

Looking at the stats, I think for this week as long as I achieve the steps, points and tick some goals off my list, or take action to achieve them – I think it’s okay.

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Tuesday 19th September 2017

In terms of goals, today I achieved a leap toward achieving something I’ve been wanting to do for years.  During the last 5 years of my Dad’s life he wrote is memoirs, and 2 novels.  He died 13 years ago.  Tonight, I started to prepare one of his novels to publish it online as an e-book.  It feels good.  I’m about 60% done with it, but I’ve never published an e-book before so lots to do and learn.  It’s all on the list.

Anyway, time for bed.  Tomorrows another day!

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