Garmin Australia Facebook Fitness Challenge - Laser Focus.
Since I bought my Garmin watch and joining their Facebook community I have no doubt in my mind that leaving the FitBit that I had to replace every 3 months behind was the right thing to do.
What makes Garmin’s Facebook community so great?
They give you weekly, sometimes daily challenges, it acts as an external source of inspiration.
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I have been wanting to get my fitness back to a respectable level.
Talk is cheap though right?
This post from Garmin single handedly sprung me into action and gave me the push I needed to get started.
For someone who hasn’t run any sort of distance in years 25km in one week was going to be a challenge.
Then I looked at the 150,000 steps and thought to myself, well if I’m going to do the running I may as well go all in and try and reach that target.
To give you some further insight the week of Feb 6-12 I completed 30,517 steps and Feb 13-19 I completed 26,242 steps so it was going to take a big effort to reach 150,000 and really make some significant changes during the week.
I started off slow, in fact very slow.
On Monday Feb 20 (the start date) I only took 10,484 steps. Which was well down on the average I needed to take. I made a decision there and then I was going to go all in and the rest of my week looked like this:
Monday: 10,484 steps
Tuesday: 20,838 steps
Wednesday: 18,748 steps
Thursday: 29,309 steps
Friday: 32,154 steps
Saturday: 22,133 steps
Sunday: 16,574 steps
TOTAL: 150,242 steps from Feb 20-26
This challenge taught me a lot of things.
If you prioritize your goals you can always achieve them
I am much more product breaking up the work day with exercise
Even when it’s painful you can push through
Knowing you are actually taking action and achieving your goals is a reward feeling.
There needed to be that laser focus to achieve my step goal this week.
The last time I had experienced anything else like the type of focus I needed was during this challenge was when I went all in on the Acer Team Unlimited Challenge.
It pays off.
This image was a screenshot a few hours before Sunday ended so it is missing 240 steps.
My experience through the week was also an interesting one.
I woke up earlier, got more done - despite walking for 3-4 hours a day and I had to push through the jelly legs and force myself to go on a few of the walks towards the end of the week.
There were some Garmin watch prizes up for grabs which I unfortunately didn’t win on this occasion but I have learned a valuable lesson from a mentor Timothy Marc about rewarding yourself when you achieve your goals.
When you achieve what you want to achieve you need to reaffirm those actions with a reward of sorts, it could be a nice dinner, a night at the movies or buying yourself something you’ve been wanting for a while.
Even celebrating the small wins, and that’s what I did.
Today I went out and got a 30 minute deep tissue massage on my legs to try and restore a bit of bounce back to those jelly chicken legs!
It felt good knowing I had done it, and during the massage I also had time to reflect on it as well and needed to find ways to carry it over into my working life.
Where to from here?
March is approaching at a rapid rate and I am dedicating March as a client acquisition month.
I have been procrastinating for too long now and I need to start bringing on some more business into my Google Advertising Adwords Management service and other general digital services I currently offer at Snapback Media
So that’s the goal for March. I want to get on 3 new clients in March.
I have a feeling at some point very soon Snapback Media will have its own blog as I start educating clients and potential future clients on ways they can increase business to their website.
That’s all for today. My last blog post was around this time last year so it’s good to be putting up some new content after a year of no blogs. I hope you enjoyed the read.