Why you need something to look forward to

I was looking for a photograph yesterday so was scrolling through my phone feed and then it hit me

It's 4 weeks since I went to see the water falls in the hills... 4 weeks

I kept scrolling

Then I realized it's been 8 weeks since I last went for a walk on the beach at Rockingham where the 2 boats had been washed up onto the beach... 

I'm a busy person - just like you are. But it can feel like the days and the weeks just morph into one another.

  • What did I do today?
  • What did I do yesterday?
  • What am I going to do today?

Remember I told you I kept a weekly win sheet and a journal - this is why.

A month ago I bought a fit band. I was never much of a fan of the pedometer because they were inaccurate, so when smart phones came in I downloaded a fit app. They're ok, but I don't always carry my phone with me. Most of my clothes don't have pockets... A question for the designers out there, why don't my work pants have pockets big enough to put a phone in? What happens if I don't want to wear a jacket... yes no pockets means I don't carry my phone with me, so the fit app was not able to tell me how much incidental walking I was doing - hence the purchase of the band.

What blew me away was the distance I have walked in a month. Not just the steps, which seems like nothing at all, but averaging 6,500 steps a day equates to a massive 166km. Might also explain why I lost 6.5 inches in all over girth measurements during June :-) 

If anyone were to tell me that I would walk over 160 kilometers in a month I wouldn't have believed them. Why? Because I sit down for a stupendous amount of time during the working day. And I can now see why the doctors are saying sitting down is bad for you... 

But I've gotten away from the main point of what I was trying to tell you.

You need to have something to look forward to, be it a once a week date night with your partner, or a once a month dinner with a friend, or an annual trip to somewhere you've never been before.

Otherwise what is the point.

I was seriously thinking about heading to Bells Rapids this weekend, we'd had amazing amounts of rain in the past month and I've never been and thought it would be worth the 40 minute or so drive - then I found out that the Avon Descent was on and according to the person who told me - it was park your car miles away and get a bus shuttle in ... no thanks, sounds too much the south rim of the grand canyon...thankfully we went to the north rim and quite happily bypassed the bus lines :-) we got that piece of advice from an information officer in Sedona I think it was. 

Plans make a big difference to what you can achieve...and you can do it one step at a time.