It was New Year’s Day when the routine started, an early morning stroll on the treadmill. At first it was a 211.8 pound body walking for 31 minutes for 1.7 miles, a pace of 3.9 miles an hour. Today, it was 2.3 miles in 36 minutes, an average pace of 3.8 miles an hour. That along with less caloric intake reduced my weight from 211.8 pounds to 209.4.
Some will say that dropping a couple of pounds in 11 days is too much too quickly, especially when the goal is to drop 12 pounds by New Year’s Eve about a year away, but it’s a challenge to be kept, especially the walking. It has made me feel better than the somewhat sedentary style of sitting at a desk most of the day, working on the same machine used to create the stories for this website.
As a salesman, use of email and telephone supplements in-person visits to customers and prospects. Getting caught up in a daily grind of typing and talking can lead one to lose any idea of time and space. This part of work, especially requiring a computer, can be mind-numbing and can remove one from a daily routine. For anyone in sales, a daily routine is better than allowing external forces to take over and dictate life as it comes.
Thus the morning exercise schedule. It’s up at various times, usually between six and seven in the morning, make a pot of coffee, retrieve the print edition of The News & Observer from the driveway or yard, pour a cup of coffee, head to the water closet for the daily constitutional using the sports section as a laxative before reading the remainder of the newspaper over a second cup of coffee. Then it’s off to the treadmill for 30+ minutes, a shave and shower, and then to the office to work.
For some, a routine is not necessary or desirable. Look at it as more than a daily custom or schedule. Look at it as a road to success, such as walking on the treadmill as part of an effort to reduce weight and stay healthier than previously determined.
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