August 13 – August 19
Three days after deciding it was time to make a change to a healthy lifestyle, I sat down to make a plan. I know me. If I dive into the deep end making all kinds of changes, I’m not going to stay with it a week! So I only made 3 changes… 10,000 steps/day, replace my biggest vice, Coca-Cola, with water (minimum 64 oz.) and to eat at home. No more drive-thru suicide. I have always heard it takes 21 days to make something a habit, so if I can make those three changes for 21 days straight, then I can add more changes after those 21 days. Baby steps…
I started by asking my friends to join me in a workweek challenge. They all came back and really pushed me! I came in 3rd place but more importantly I hit my 10,000 step goal everyday! My best day was Monday with 11,782 steps (4.69 miles). Some days were a real struggle. But it got easier everyday… and best of all, I wasn’t feeling tired like I was the week before!
Saturday and Sunday did not go as smoothly. On Saturday, I was feeling pain in my left knee. When I was in the Army, I had problems with that knee and was eventually medically boarded out (I’m a disabled Veteran). I have had this problem for 28 years and knew I needed to stay off of it, but sometimes I can be stubborn. I hit my goal (barely) on Saturday but by Sunday I learned my lesson. I spent most of the day on the couch.
As for my other two goals, I went the whole week only eating at home. I only drank water and milk. I did not always hit the 64 oz, but I am not going to beat myself up over it. Giving up Coca-Cola is a big change for me so I will take it!
All in all, the first week went really well!
1) 10,000 steps per day
2) Eat all meals at home
3) Drink water instead of sugary beverages.