“What are you going to do when you’re done?” I get that question every now and then about the 20k One Year Step Challenge I’m doing. I’ve still got a long way to go since it doesn’t end until August 31, 2019.
My friend Steve Miller also gets that question a lot. He’s lost 147 pounds (and counting) since January 1, 2018. He’s on an eating plan and hasn’t strayed once. Not a single cheat meal. Not even a single cheat bite. Pretty impressive. Pretty inspirational.
But, Steve isn’t done yet. He wants to lose at least another 100 pounds.
So…we both get asked that question. Our answer is the same. It’s also the key to Part Two of a plan to help you Win at Fitness.
We started with Part One last week. (You can check that out HERE)
This Win at Fitness plan uses walking as your foundational fitness activity. Obviously, there are lots of ways you can reach a fitness goal, but I’m convinced walking is one of the best. (You can read about 9 ways walking for fitness has changed my life HERE.)
The ultimate fitness win is when it becomes part of your lifestyle. It ceases to be this “other” thing you do and becomes simply part of who you are.
Before fitness becomes a lifestyle it must first become a habit. To make THAT happen this must become your fitness mantra.
Start Small. Think Long.
Over time you will build a chain of fitness wins. Starting small allows you to score wins once the early emotional motivation fades. And, it will. You may feel a growing excitement about turning this fitness thing around. And, you should be excited. But, that will not last. It never does. Just check out a gym in February. Thinking long helps you endure past the emotional ebbs and flows to form fitness habits.
The conventional thinking is a new habit takes somewhere between 21 and 30 days to form. Sadly, this is not backed up by science. Research indicates it actually takes about 66 days to form new habits. And, for some people it can take as much as 254 days. (James Clear has written a great book about this titled Atomic Habits. He also argues convincingly for starting even smaller than I’m advocating) So, how long will the new Daily Target be your goal?
You are free to surpass the Daily Target as often as you want, but that needs to be your minimum for 90 straight days before it changes.
So, what happens on Day 91? We’ll answer that in a couple weeks when we hit Part Four. But, there’s bigger answer, as well. It’s the one Steve and I give when we are asked the question.
What am I going to do on September 1, 2019…the day after my 20k One Year Step Challenge ends? What is Steve going to do with his food plan after he reaches his target weight?
This is a lifetime pursuit. I will always have a daily step goal. Steve will always be on his food plan. I love walking and it is the foundation for my fitness win. Steve picked a food plan that he can sustain for the rest of his life.
That’s what we mean by Think Long. This is a lifetime journey. The finish line is a long, long, LONG way off.
Start Small. Think Long.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY
If you struggle with making fitness stick you can change that today. The 30 Day Fitness Challenge will help you begin building a fitness habit that creates fitness momentum which eventually leads to fitness transformation.
Walking is fitness hiding in plain sight. The 30 Day Fitness Challenge will help you set the perfect Fitbit goal for you. The Challenge includes a contract you can make with yourself. That might sound cheesy, but having a signed piece of paper is a powerful motivator on those days when you just don’t feel like it.
Every day you reach your Fitbit goal is a win. The 30 Day Fitness Challenge includes a Win Tracker to celebrate your progress every day!
Best of all…The 30 Day Fitness Challenge is free!!
If you don’t have a Fitbit I recommend the Fitbit Inspire HR. This is the Fitbit I use to track my 20,000 steps a day. The Inspire HR also tracks your heart rate and sleep so you get an even wider picture of your fitness progress.
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Lastly, this blog is designed to help you embrace walking as a fitness activity. It’s sustainable, flexible, effective, and fun. Every week I post new articles with stories and helpful suggestions to Win at Fitness.
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