I’m usually good at just getting on with things, but I find that I’ve spent most of this week ‘talking to myself’ and constantly having to stop, take a moment, evaluate (and reevaluate) my choices and almost scold myself into action. Okay, scold is a bit of a strong word. It’s just that things this week just haven’t fallen into place naturally like they usually do. It’s strange.

I’ve spent the past 3 years getting into good habits, and for the most part they really are part of my lifestyle, but every once in a while I stumble. Perhaps it’s about getting bored with my routine – eating and doing pretty much the same things day in and day out. Still, in the end I’m kinda just being a baby about it. The choice to do things differently and change things up is always in my hands. It basically boils down to two choices — do something to change your routine or suck it up and just get on with it.

I’ve done a bit of both.

I’ve been doing a weekly step challenge through the FitBit app. I have to say it has really motivated me to get up and moving. I get my workouts in daily – whether it’s at the gym or on the Jiu-Jitsu mats, but this step challenge has added a new dimension. The bit of friendly competition gets me to go out and take a walk when normally I would have just stuck to my basic workouts. It just goes to show, when you’ve got the right motivation, you will make time to keep moving! So I’m happy with my step count. I have a relatively low daily step goal (only 5,000 steps), but that’s because Jiu-Jitsu doesn’t involve any steps, but it sure is a workout! I’m happy that I’ve hit over 10,000 steps on all days this week except for 1 day. That’s more than I’ve done in a while and I’m happy with that!

I’ve also been stepping away from the treadmill. The cold has kept me indoors. Yes, I know that compared to other places, it’s not that cold in London, but for me it’s cold. I chose not to confront the cold this time and just workout indoors. However, now that it’s finally warming up (I would have never called single digit weather ‘warming up’), I’ve been going for outdoor walks. The brisk air is refreshing, and the lovely natural scenery around me makes it much more enjoyable.

So my steps have been good this week. Despite craving sweets and bread – I don’t normally crave bread so this is strange for me – I haven’t given in, and I’ve been sticking to my veggies and proteins. Overall, the week has been going well — now it’s just about getting rid of that nagging voice in my head that keeps saying – Take a break, stay in bed. Be lazy and order in a pizza.

Will that voice ever disappear? I’m not sure — in the meantime, I’ve got to keep my ultimate goals in mind and keep powering through.

Life better