My grand daughter is 6 years old and my goal is to be physically and mentally fit to enjoy her. Well after five years it was not going so well. I had a very serious sit down conversation with self last year around this time. “No more minute resolutions. No more unmet goals. No more start and stop diets.” I need help; this has been a 65 + year journey and things were not going as well as I had hoped. I downloaded a habit tracker and put short doable daily and weekly goals. For movement, I have the following daily goals:
- Walking at least 5 minutes per day
- Restorative yoga practice
- 15 minutes of inversion
- 10 minutes of exercises similar to physical therapy
I also have a weekly hot yoga class at 7 AM on Sunday mornings that I look forward to. The class is 90 minutes of stretching and meditating in the heat which is awesome for arthritis which is in various places in my body.
Over the year, I lost weight, my flexibility increased and my diet shifted as I no longer craved foods that were not good for me. Honestly, I did other things such as increase my prayers, meditation, breathing and affirmation practices. But the key was the physical movement — it always accelerated all the other practices. While I did not always do every practice every day, the habit tracker helped me stay on target by starting my count over when I missed a practice.
This year both my mind and body are in a better place than last year. The goal for 2020 is to add real cardio and reap more relief for sleep and stress. I joined my local gym last month; my plan is to enroll in a few classes and add it to my habit tracker. Slow progress is still progress.