On Thursday my mom arrived in town. And on Friday when I was getting ready for a date with my husband I dropped my iPhone on the floor where the screen immediately and permanently went blank. I spent Saturday morning in the cell phone store, and I’ve been all over town and playground with Mom and the kids.
It’s been fun to break from the norm, but I won’t lie. My 10,000 steps goal has suffered.
Just when I was finding my stride (literally), and just as I was hitting 10,000 steps consistently, I loose my place, slip off track, and my step count started sliding backward.
Saturday: 4,695 (blame the sit in the cell phone store)
I’ve talked before how much better I do with a routine. How a routine helps me establish habits. And habits lead to success. And I feel like I’ve abandoned my routine for something else entirely. I’ve got that pit-in-the-gut feeling that I am failing.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m wouldn’t trade time with my mother or my kiddos for anything. And I was being responsible replacing my phone when it was broken.
In a challenge like this one, it seems like the only way to be really successful is to make the steps just another part of the day, as normal as brushing my teeth or pouring my coffee. If my steps can become routine, then I won’t have to think twice about meeting my goals. If I can stick to a routine that works, then it will be like second nature. Today, I’m setting up a plan to do just that.
I have 18 days left this month, and I know now that my goal can be just to reach my steps, it has to be to make my steps second nature, to wake up each morning knowing that I’ll reach my goals.
So starting right now, my goal isn’t just to reach 10,000 steps, but my goal is to make my 10,000 routine, second nature, just part of what I do. And it that can’t falter if I break my phone or am on vacation. That is the road to success, and that is the only way I’ll reach it.