Janathon proved to be the reboot / kickstart I needed to get my lazy-ass back in gear.
Funny how announcing to the world that you’ll be working out every day will actually make you work out every day. How is this a surprise to me? It’s not like I didn’t use the exact same formula to clock 365 days of exercise in 2013. I blame this lapse on my aging brain.
While technically I DID work out every day, I did not technically earn Janathon bragging rights, because I failed to also blog or log (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) each workout.
Janathon successfully completed? Not quite.
31 days of sweat? YES! I’ll take it.
The other really important project I kicked off in January was Breaking a Trail to Prom with my niece. The program kicked off strong. We were in touch via email and text every day. She completed the programs I emailed her each day, and then sent me a text each evening to tell me how it went.
A couple of weeks ago it seemed my emails were disappearing into the ether. She wasn’t responding. I knew she was studying for mid-term exams, so I gave her a pass. I didn’t want to add to her stress.
Last weekend, while visiting with my parents, my mom told me how happy she is that I’m coaching my niece this way. She told me, Cassie is working so hard every day. She had to miss exercise 2 days in a row because of exams, but she’s back to it now.
My heart exploded with pride.
I reached out to let her know it’s okay to make the conscious choice to skip a workout because something else was a higher priority. And I reminded her that I’m not here to judge those choices, so she can be honest with me.
Then I proposed the following to her:
In order to take more responsibility for your own health, I’d like to propose a change to our approach. Instead of me telling you what to do each day, you are going to tell me! Every day, I’d like you to tell me what healthy choice you made, whether it be exercise, food choices, or both. How does that sound?
And here’s how she responded:
I just read your email and, honestly, that sounds great! It will keep me even more accountable for what I eat and my exercise!
Um… seriously??? Who is this girl and what has she done with my niece?
I am over the moon excited for what the future holds for this young bad-ass.
So now that she’s all set for February, I need to make a plan for myself.
Here’s what I know for sure about this short month: I will be out of town for 2 of the four weeks of February. Ugh.
I will definitely need a plan to avoid last minute improvisation and scrambling in a hotel room. When in doubt, look to Neila Rey for a good monthly challenge.
I’ve picked two, one focused on core and one focused on legs. I will do at least one of the two, and ideally both, every day, while hitting a minimum of 8,000 steps (and ideally 10,000) each day.