Giving Myself a Break

Giving Myself a Break

I think it has been pretty obvious around here that I’ve been beating myself up lately over my lack of fitness, healthy eating, everything.  I keep trying to make big goals to try to get my healthy life in gear but I always feel like I’m not doing enough.

And then today, I checked my Garmin Connect.  It is Garmin’s platform for all of their fitness devices like the VivoFit (their new fitness tracker which I don’t have, yet…) and my Forerunners (GPS running watches).  Well, I uploaded my run from this morning (woot!  I ran today!) and decided to check out my yearly mileage.  One thing became obvious: registering for the Philadelphia Half Marathon was a good decision.


I made the decision to register for the Philly Half Marathon back in June.  My foot injury had finally let up (from August 2013) and I finally have the time to exercise more (summer vacation).  I didn’t get started right away but eventually that decision paid off in motivation.

While I didn’t do my training like I should have (grad school and stuff), one thing is clear from the above graph.  I need to stop beating myself up over not doing enough and see how far I have come in the last few months.  While it might not have been as much as it should have been for the half marathon, I am still doing more than I was.  This graph doesn’t show all of my workouts, but running is my staple and it fluctuates like the rest of my workouts do.  I usually do more running than anything else so just looking at a graph of my mileage is pretty indicative of how active I am at the time.

So I guess I learned a few things today.

  • I’m doing more activity than I gave myself credit for.
  • Singing up for races works for me.
  • I still need to get into a regular routine.

That last statement can be seen on a different chart on Connect where it shows the number of tracked activities per month.  My goal is to get a nice steady, level line on that chart that shows consistency.  Now I just have to be happy with what I have done and improve on it!

Are you realistic about your activity levels?

I still don’t think I do enough, but at least I am doing way better than just a few months ago!  That was surprising to me.

3 thoughts on “Giving Myself a Break

  1. This is a great attitude to have! The facts you’re being active at all if so much better than so many people who don’t do anything, you should definitely give yourself credit for that!

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