Well, not that kind of streaking. You see, habits are as big a part of my life as frugal living is. Creating good habits is what keeps me on track of my goals. But I don’t do this only for spending. I also do it for health, social, and familial responsibilities as outlined in my 2016 Goals Half Year Review post. Health wise, I set a few goals this year that I have more or less slid on many occasions – find a work out plan I can stick to, daily stretching (still scratching my head on that one), and getting Bubba out more which in turn gets me out more. These health goals are important because good health leads to lower medical costs which equals more money saved. Voilá. So, after reviewing said goals, I figured it is time to revise them to be more concrete and specific. So, without further ado…
They say it takes 3 weeks to build a habit. Walking has always been something that I love to do so I didnt imagine this would be a hard habit to build. Have you ever heard of the Camino De Santago? If not, it is a 500 mile trek across Spain to Santiago De Compostela. And I’ve done it – multiple times. And it is AWESOME…because I LOVE to walk! Or so I thought… After dismal numbers at the start of the year (which I blamed on the frigid cold temps) and the equally dismal numbers in the spring (which I blamed on the rainy weather), I had to come to terms with the fact that my long distance walks were not part of my habits so much as they were a vacation choice. Moving into summer, I realized what I loved even more than walking in this god forsaken Chicago heat is sitting on my couch with my equally unmotivated dog at my feet, in the AC, watching SVU marathons on ION. 🙂 Now that is a habit I need to break!!
So, I made a decision. Get out and do it. Be the walker you say you are. And, as it happens when you finally motivate, last week I checked my phones handy dandy log and found that as of June 1 I have been on track every single day. 10k or more a day!! Do you know what we call that?? A streak!! Now, some like to call it a chain, and that’s fine. I prefer streaking because, let’s face it, the word insights a more exciting approach to my goals. 🙂 In any case, the end result is the same. You don’t want to break a chain/streak. You want it to keep building. There is actual science (and apps) behind this idea.
You see, maybe it isn’t that we can’t succeed with our resolutions – maybe we put too much pressure on ourselves at the start of each shiny brand new year. Why not eaaaasseee into these things and develop the new habits about 6 months in. 😉 So here we are. Day 20. 245,314 steps and counting. I intend to up my 10K goal to 12k at the beginning of next month in addition to adding a whole new habit to my repertoire. Wish me luck!!