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My resolutions for '52 Small Steps' on The Mighty (dot com, a mental health support website). 

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Setback, sort of....

I wound up having to call in sick to work today, so I can't do my walk like I had wanted to. I'm fairly sure I'll be up and around in time to do it tomorrow, though.  Meanwhile, Here's Deadpool......  
 

First Day, Sort Of.....

I started this blog on my first day of implementing my new year's resolution via The Mighty's 52 Small Steps program. I just realized I need some sort of concrete measuring point - something I can point to and say 'this proves I was successful', or an overall goal that everything works towards.  So I've decided that my overall goal is to lose weight and improve the shape I'm in.  I won't use numbers here, but it is easily in the mid double digits.  I'm not sure how to measure the 'improve the shape I'm in' part.  Maybe signing up for a marathon or something next year, like the OKC Memorial Marathon in April next year. I don't think I'll be jogging it, but I'd like to be able to at least walk it without hip pain after the first mile and quarter. I've decided that for my 'walk three times a week, I'll be walking Sunday, Wednesday, & Friday.  Having specific days helps me stick to it.  Hopefully later this evening I will be editing this post to add that I went on my walk after work.   Edit 1/10 to add:  Yes, I did go walking yesterday evening after work - I stayed out for 20 minutes and went just over 1.1 miles. 👏  ✨  😉
 

Introductions....

I'm working with something I found on The Mighty (mental health support website)  called '52 Small Steps'.  It's a more manageable version of a New Year's resolution. Basically you pick a general area - for me that is getting healthier - and plan out small steps you can do each week towards that goal.  It helps turn One Big Scary Thing into 52 smaller, I Can Do That things.  My resolution is related to physical health - which changes I know will help improve my mental health.                      'Improve physical health by getting in shape and eating less and healthier.' Sounds pretty vague, huh?  Exacto, my compadre.  It's big and vague and nebulous, and the nebulousity (it's a word now)  is intimidating in its size and vagueness. So I'm breaking that down into 52 (well, actually I'm working on 50, because I've already procrastinated a week away) steps.  I'll put them here, both for my sake, and just in case there is one other person in the universe out there who might accidentally be inspired or some sh*t.  My doc has already told me that I should be walking a mile a day - this was in response to my informing him of my not so successful attempts at interval jogging.  Don't be impressed - being the good little procrastinator that I am, this convo with doc took place well before Thanksgiving.  Hey, I got there, all right?  Focus on the positive, people, work with me here! 😉 So here is my run down so far - likely it will be adjusted as time goes on.  I still have to finish out the 'healthier eating part'.  A.  Make walking a habit 6 days a week.  Once established, 5 days will be acceptable, given weather or health concerns.   At least 1 mile and 20 minutes.  Current paths are 1.1-1.2 miles & take 20-23 minutes. Over is preferable to under.  [est. 4 months] Week 1: walk 3 days this week Week 2:  walk 3 days this week Week 3:  walk 3 days this week Week 4: [1mo]  walk 4 days this week Week 5:   walk 4 days this week Week 6:  walk 4 days this week Week 7:  walk 4 days this week Week 8: [2 mos]  walk 5 days this week Week 9:  walk 5 days this week Week 10:  walk 5 days this week Week 11:  walk 5 days this week Week 12: [3 mos]  walk 6 days this week Week 13: walk 6 days this week Week 14:  walk 6 days this week Week 15:  walk 6 days this week Maintain walking 6 days a week for at least 1 mile and 20 minutes.  Gradually increase walking time to 30 minutes a day.  [est. 4 months] Week 16: [4 mos]  walk 6 days, for 23 minutes minimum Week 17:  walk 6 days, for 23 minutes minimum Week 18:  walk 6 days, for 23 minutes minimum Week 19:  walk 6 days, for 23 minutes minimum Week 20:  [5 mos]   walk 6 days, for 26 minutes minimum Week 21:  walk 6 days, for 26 minutes minimum Week 22:  walk 6 days, for 26 minutes minimum Week 23:  walk 6 days, for 26 minutes minimum Week 24: [6 mos]  walk 6 days, for 30 minutes minimum Week 25:   walk 6 days, for 30 minutes minimum Week 26:  walk 6 days, for 30 minutes minimum Week 27: walk 6 days, for 30 minutes minimum B.  Eating less and healthier.  Two meals a day, three snacks a day. Do not limit portions or foods yet. Use mints or mint gum to help limit snacks to three a day.  [est. 4 weeks] Week 28: [7 mos]  2 meals, 3 snacks Week 29:  2 meals, 3 snacks Week 30:  2 meals, 3 snacks Week 31:  2 meals, 3 snacks Week 32: [8 mos] 2 meals, 3 snacks; low fat dairy Week 33:  2 meals, 3 snacks;  low fat dairy Week 34:  2 meals, 3 snacks;  increase veggies Week 35:  2 meals, 3 snacks; increase veggies Week 36: [9 mos]  2 meals, 3 snacks; increase veggies Week 37:  2 meals, 3 snacks; increase fruits Week 38:  2 meals, 3 snacks; increase fruits Week 39:  2 meals, 3 snacks; reduce red or fatty meat Week 40:  [10 mos]  2 meals, 3 snacks; reduce red or fatty meat Week 41:  2 meals, 3 snacks; reduce red or fatty meat Week 42:  2 meals, 3 snacks Week 43:  2 meals, 3 snacks Week 44:  [11 mos]   2 meals, 3 snacks Week 45:  2 meals, 3 snacks Week 46:  2 meals, 3 snacks Week 47:  2 meals, 3 snacks                                    
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