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A Conscious Decision

Friday, December 23, 2016

Yesterday, I decided to skip my 2 minutes exercise and 10 minutes writing. I woulda/coulda/shoulda taken a two-minute walk earlier in the day. But as the day drew to a close and I considered my decision (break my streaks or get up and do these little habits), I decided to skip.

I had done both for more than a week straight without a day off. I realize they are small habits, but there are something I hadn't been doing before. So even though they take relatively little energy and effort overall, the effort of building the habits themselves requires a continual use of energy (and willpower).

I felt it would be best for me to give myself a break to allow for recovery. Kind of like a rest day when training for a race. The important thing now is not to allow that break to extend beyond one day.

Of course, I could just be rationalizing because I didn't want to do what I had committed to do. Either way, long as I keep it to one day, I'm still on my way.

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    Some people enjoy competition with others and themselves and love the streak goals. I ignore the streak goals. I find them frustrating to maintain. Some days I prefer doing yoga, others I would rather walk. When dealing with chronic health issues knowing when to take a break and how to pace yourself is imperative. Just remember to keep the blood circulating. You might want to wiggle, shrug your shoulders, or do five arm circles every half hour. Looking forward to hearing how you are managing your pacing.
    1393 days ago
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  • EILEEN828
    Well it is true, a break can be very helpful. In fact I think that putting that 'have to' spin on it is what would eventually cause you to break it as a habit. Habits are because you like them. Turn them into a chore and you will start to hate them and end up quitting altogether. I think worrying about breaking a streak is a monumental waste of mental energy, out of touch with the reality of life and circumstances. So keep up forming your new habit, soon it will become second nature and it will be stress free.
    1395 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    A well timed break can be a good thing.
    1396 days ago
    You've got this. I've recently learned that a day of rest is beneficial to allow our bodies to recover from whatever we've put it through (exercise or otherwise). Great job!
    1396 days ago
  • QUINNY2016
    We are still working it, all of us together.
    1396 days ago
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