The magic of starting.
I’ve read many quotes and articles about starting, and now I truly believe that it’s one of the most important steps in achieving any goal. It only makes sense, right? If you don’t start, then you can never achieve the goal. And if you do start, what’s the worst that can happen? You at least stand a chance.
I promised myself that I’d get back on a fitness routine post Ramadan. It’s however been almost a week since Ramadan ended, and I found that I was slacking seriously. So, I set a reminder on my phone for every evening at 6pm that just says ‘walk, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk’ [in my head I’m singing that to the tune of Rihanna’s ‘Work’, lol]. Even if I won’t run, I can at least start with walking, right? The first alarm went off at 6pm, and I was like nah. Not today. Then I heard a voice in my head tell me how I haven’t been disciplined about anything lately, and I need to take control and get my life on track.
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So, I told myself, just start. Fine, don’t wear running shoes. Don’t even wear running clothes. Don’t power walk. Just go for a stroll. I threw on a boubou, a pair of slippers, grabbed my earphones, and decided to go outside to see what the kids were up to. Around that time in my estate, there’s always kids playing all over the streets. And that’s how I started. I ended up power walking in my boubou, lol. I think I might have actually run, if I was wearing proper clothes. And it felt so good. Except for the fact that I forgot to take antihistamine, and I now broke out in an itchy rash on my thighs. But now I can’t wait to to it again tomorrow. I only got in 1.5 miles because of the rash. But at least it’s something. I’ve done 5% of my 30 mile challenge for this month. The point of this rant? JUST START. Whatever it is you want to do. Just start. You’ll figure it out along the way. Whatever goals you have, get started. Progress trumps perfection. The beauty in starting is this – once you start, you likely wouldn’t want to stop.
Hope your week is off to a good start.