I had a shockingly simple realization earlier this summer that led me to completely change my perspective on exercise in a remarkably good way.
We have a drawing of Seth Godin’s Purple Cow book cover outside the main conference room at work. The book’s subtitle says, “Transform your business by being remarkable.”
Have you read the it? The basic story reminds business owners, that in today’s competitive world, being good at what you do isn’t enough. You need to stand out, be different, remarkable, interesting.
I see this art on the wall every day at work; each time I get up to go to lunch, make a cup of coffee, or head to the bathroom.
Towards the beginning of my weight loss project this summer, I walked by this artwork, stomach growling, happy to be heading to lunch. The purple cow drawing triggered a chain of thoughts in my mind about what makes something remarkable. As I walked down the stairs, I came to the realization that it would be a truly remarkable, rare day if had a day that I didn’t eat.
That thought stopped me in my tracks. I have always thought of remarkable as “remarkably good” but it could go both ways, couldn’t it? Why was it not a remarkable day if I didn’t exercise? Exercise is as important to our body’s well being as eating healthy, so shouldn’t it have the same level of importance in my mind?
A day I didn’t exercise should be as remarkable as a day I don’t eat.
When I looked at my weight loss failures in the past, exercise is definitely one of them. I have never enjoyed exercise of (almost :)) any kind. I played tennis in high school because my friends did too and we had fun together, but I wanted to quit every day the coach made us run.
Each time since then, when I’ve tried to stay committed to an exercise routine, I dreaded it and my routine would never stick. It felt like a punishment that I had to endure. The heaver I became the more I hated exercise. It hurt and as I’ve said before, I cared way too much what others thought.
I knew that in order to for this weight loss journey to be “remarkably good” and work this time around, exercise would need to be a regular part of it.
I bought the WeightWatcher’s Active Link, shortly after joining WW. It shocked me as to how inactive of a life I led. The Active Link measures your daily activity and gives you challenges which are designed to help you gradually increase your activity level beyond your base line of normal activity your body does every day, like showering, making breakfast, getting dressed, etc. My activity level registered below the average baseline for most people.
So I set out on a quest to meet and exceed the goals mapped out for me by the Active Link every day. What started off as a simple walk at lunch has progressed to swimming for an hour 5-6 days per week, weight training 2 days per week, and an overall more active lifestyle to stay ahead of my challenge goals. I’ve also committed to doing at least one 5K every month this year.
I’ve since upgraded the Active Link to the FitBit because I wanted more information than only how many Activity Points I’d earned, but the Active Link helped me to wean myself into more activity. Remarkably simple.
I feel remarkably better too, beyond losing weight. I’ve found that people weren’t lying that more exercise would give me more energy. Increasing my activity has also dramatically helped to increase my focus and lower my stress. (A good thing considering I’m smack dab in the middle of Black Friday season at work with 3 kids and a new puppy at home! hahaha!)
Have you attempted a goal in the past and not reached it? Spend some time thinking about why you didn’t reach your goal and what may have gotten in your way. Commit to doing what you haven’t done in the past, going the extra mile, and making this time of working towards your dreams different, interesting, and remarkably good.
I believe in you!
P.S. What would a remarkably good day–one that moves you closer to whatever your big goal is–look like for you?