Monday, May 3, 2010

Breaking my habit

I am a creature of habit. This can be either a pro or a con depending on what the particular habit is :)

I hate it when I need to go to a store that doesn't open until 9 or 10am. Target is my friend, open at 8 - yay! I can go and get my stuff done while I'm already out dropping the girl off at school in the morning. Once I get home I get sucked into all the other stuff and have a tough time getting out again. Sad, isn't it? I'm pretty sure it's nature over nurture on this one. I am what I am.

Well, now it's time for me get my pre-training into a more consistent schedule. Let's say, hypothetically, that my current morning routine is.. drop off the girl at school, come home and check my email, harvest my farm, read a few 3-Day blogs, etc... hypothetically. On Friday let's add in a stop at the (hypothetical) donut shop for a boston creme and the local paper. Hypothetically speaking. Where does my walking fit in to all of this? Unfortunately, for all of my good intentions the walking seems to get pushed to the back burner. No hypothetical there.

In the not toooo distant past I went to the gym about 4 days a week. I had decided it was something I needed to do, and felt strongly enough about it to turn it into a habit. Once summer hit I had to deal with the kid issue and as hard as I tried, the girl was NOT enjoying her time at the gym's kids-fun time-zone-club thing. By default, my habit was broken.

Over the weekend I spent some time at my fav new time waster,err ummm, website, I mapped out a walk that would start at the girl's school. Yes that's right. This morning I put on my walking attire and once the girl was safely in her classroom I set out on my walk. It was a good walk, a relatively pain-free walk, and an introspective walk. I pondered more about this habit thing, and how much work it is to change once a routine has taken root. I liked this walk, and even more I liked that I got it done.

I plan on doing this two or three times a week to get myself going again. Not sure I'd be happy doing the same walk 4 days a week. That sort of conflicts with my creature of habit thing, huh? Oh well, I'm a complicated creature : )


  1. You are so awesome! Way to fit the walk into your life. If you are at the school with your walking gear and have the route mapped, nothing will get in your way of a great walk! (Except maybe rain..) Way to go!!

  2. It is our JOBS as women to be complicated. Sure, I like onion rings, but I don't like onions! My husband finds this confusing - I think it's a charming example of what I consider my mercurial and fascinating personality (what?). You'll figure something out - walk on the other side of the street or something - make a playlist for the different days of the week (do you walk with a music player? Or no?), or take a photo for your blog... something will keep you interested, no matter where you are. Good luck! Proud of you!