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21 Days

Monday, May 05, 2008

They say - the ubiquitous "they" - that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. Today makes 21 days since I began getting up at 6 AM and walking for at least 30 minutes before breakfast.

I didn't get a driver's license until I was forty; since often I couldn't get a lift, and there was no public transportation in the town where I was living, I walked everywhere. There were no school buses, so when the kids started school, WE walked everywhere. Dance lessons, YMCA, scouts - we walked.

Until fairly recently - maybe five years ago - a 20-minute mile was a norm for me. If push came to shove, I could sometimes clear a mile in 15 minutes. Now, I do just a bit over a mile in half-an-hour. If I'm walking outside (as opposed to on the treadmill) hills just about kill me. One set of steps, and I'm panting like Bannister after the four-minute mile.

But today, for the first time, my ankle isn't hurting. And I've found it's easier to get up in the mornings, and not even (well, seriously) consider skipping my walk.

All of which tells me... I'm getting there.
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    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! It's the LITTLE things you notice that will keep you going! Don't downplay them...celebrate them! Little things are everything :-) Remember what I said about the pebbles and the mountain!


    (written by an unbiased observer)
    4682 days ago
    Way to go on building new habits! Don't worry about the speed. slow and steady wins the race!
    4682 days ago
    That is such a great achievement!! well done for sticking with it and getting the habit...stuck! :)
    I'm going to definately give the 21 day thing a go!
    4683 days ago
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