I am stealing sharing this picture because I can’t think of a truer statement. You really do need to stay motivated and not let bad numbers get you down. It’s much like endurance training, if you are injured and not performing as well (ah hem!), your power numbers on the bike are not increasing, or you feel sluggish at the track you just need to keep motivated and set small goals. Here are some examples of how lately I’ve had to use small steps/goals .
- I am injured, so I’m backing off BUT I’m still getting to the pool and biking. I see other runners and I am in serious envy but I need to listen to my body.
- This week I’m working 12+ hour days but I still get up early –knowing that I can’t get out of work on time to do a small workout even if it’s swimming for half an hour or doing a few sit ups.
By doing this I get the following awesome results: I know I have done something for myself that makes me feel good knowing that otherwise I might get depressed having to work a ton of hours sitting in an office; my body feels better and more alive after a good little swim or bike and my blood sugars stay in better control since it is used to exercise not doing so can cause fluctuations. Its win, win, win! That’s a lot of winning and I didn’t even have to buy a lotto!
I just think that if you set small doable goals for yourself the benefit will grow exponentially, the impact on your body and your mind is a powerful thing.
Do you ever plan on a certain activity and adjust your schedule/your mode of transportation/ your alarm/ you basal rates only to have the activity fall through?
UUUUUUUUUUUUrg! This happened to me this week. I got up early, I DROVE to the lakefront to go and swim. Now, I’d heard there were rip currents but I thought how bad can it be! I really wanted to swim (see last week’s OWS the drug post and you’ll understand why https://endurancediabetic.com/2012/07/05/my-report-card-and-ows-the-drug/ ). So I made my coffee, decreased my basil to 40% ½ hour before the swim, ate a banana and almond butter with no bolus (I was in the low 100’s) and off I went. I got there suited up and looked at the waves slapping about. My swimming buddy Nic was with me. He jumped in and all of a sudden the waves looked ginormous against his tiny little head (he has a normal sized head but it looked tiny against the waves). I had already warned him that I was having my doubts (after a bad incident last year in the lake where I truly thought I was going to drown). I jumped in. We started to swim, he made quite a go at it. I got about 5 yards only to turn back. We were being tossed about like the olive in my salad today. I swear it took me 10 minutes to swim back to the ladder. He also turned back. We were done. I was still pleased at myself for getting up and attempting the swim so reveled in that euphoria for a while. I went on with my day, of course FORGETTING to re-adjust my basil back to normal for the no swim. So my BG skyrocketed up to 345….stay motivated.