I Haven’t Left My House in a Week – 60 Months to Ironman – Medium

Deep breath.

This thing isn’t going to work if I’m not honest. You being my accountability partner means I have to tell the truth. It doesn’t work otherwise.

So here goes.

I haven’t been to the gym. I joined the YMCA two weeks ago and I have not been. Not once.

Sure, there was a polar vortex. And sure, even on the best day out of the last two weeks it’s been miserable and wet and cold and gray in Northwestern PA. Honestly, I’m feeling pretty sorry for myself.

I miss the sun. Winter, with it’s short days, was hard on me in Nevada. I had no idea how rough short days without sunshine would be. But hiding out in my house isn’t making it any better.

Not only have I not gone to the gym for the last two weeks, I’ve barely left my house for the last two weeks. I went to two movies. Ruby had a couple basketball games.

And that’s about it for February.

I know what that means. It means that I need to shift something around. My goal is too big. Go to the gym is too big. Even go to the gym once a week. Too big. If I can easily skip it, I need to make it smaller.

And I really need to get out of my house.

I’ve done this before. Four years ago, I was so screwed up. I could barely put my own pants on. I was scared for my mobility. I made a pact with myself then — exercise for 10 minutes a day, every day for 100 days.

Actually my entire goal was 10 minutes of exercise a day and tracking my food in My Fitness Pal to make sure I was eating for my base metabolic rate (which at the time was about 2800 calories.) That was it.

And it worked.

There is real magic in a ten minute goal.

I can do anything for ten minutes, and ten minutes a day adds up in a way that is truly amazing. For a couple of reasons. I also didn’t binge once in those 100 days.

For one — you can do more in ten minutes than you think. Even if you never go beyond that minimum goal, it’ll add up to something significant.

For another — chances are pretty good that once you get started, you won’t stop with ten minutes every day.

Four years ago, I went from counting grocery shopping as my ten minutes of exercise on day one to swimming 3000 meters on day 100.

So, I’m going to go back to my roots. Ten minutes of exercise a day for 100 days. And track my eating on My Fitness Pal. Not with any change or goal in mind, just to help me eat more mindfully.

Exercise means literally any movement I wouldn’t have otherwise done. Since I’m currently spending easily 20 hours a day in my bedroom either sleeping or working, just about anything that involves standing up counts.

For old time’s sake, I went to the grocery store today. That was my first day’s exercise four years ago.

One hundred days February 16 is May 27.

I need you to be my accountability partner, so I’ll be making short daily posts here to let you know I’m sticking with it. If you want to give it a go with me, you can talk about what you did in the comments.

Ready to do this?

I made you something to help, if you want to do this 10X100 thing with me.

Shaunta Grimes is a writer and teacher. She is an out-of-place Nevadan living in Northwestern PA with her husband, three superstar kids, two dementia patients, a good friend, Alfred the cat, and a yellow rescue dog named Maybelline Scout. She’s on Twitter @shauntagrimes and is the author of Viral Nation and Rebel Nation and the upcoming novel The Astonishing Maybe. She is the original Ninja Writer.

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