However, as I was riding to work in the morning, I began to question a decision that I made 5 hours before I really needed to. Why not exercise today? I made it to my car didn’t I? I made it into work, why can’t I exercise? As I worked through the process I came to the realization that my knee hurting was just a convenient excuse to not exercise.
I decided to go to the mall again. I set out to do as much as I could at whatever pace I could do with my sore knee. I completed 2 laps (about 1.5 miles). Half as much as the day before, but 1.5 miles more than I originally planned; I was thrilled that I did it.
As I was walking I started to think about all the other “why not” moments I’ve had lately:
- I can’t quit smoking AND lose weight at the same time… Why Not?
- I can’t go to the mall to walk… Why Not?
- I can’t survive on 1800 calories each day… Why Not?
- I can’t Quit Smoking, Quit Drinking, Lose Weight and still be happy… WHY NOT?
When I look back at other failed attempts at improving my health I see a lot of excuses for why I couldn’t do something. In order for me to stay committed, I need to keep asking myself “Why Not?”
Another pretty good day. I stayed on my eating plan with the exception of having a second cup of coffee after lunch (in the hopes that it would help me get through the day). Today was a hig carb day so I got to enjoy some fruit and didn’t feel as hungry as usual. I also drank my requisite gallon of water and as I mentioned above I walked about 1.5 miles.
I also hit a milestone today… it takes 3 days for you to flush the nicotine out of your system. As of today my body is nicotine free! I still feel like crap from the withdrawal, and I’m not getting anything done at work, but I’m hanging strong and I know that eventually I will start to feel better. Day 3 is in the books… On to Day 4!