Don't be too hard on yourself, Onehabitatatime. You are on the right track. You just had a minor setback. Don't let it derail you completely -- or cause you to give up your plan. Your plan is a GREAT one. Set a goal to get X minutes of exercise and do it.
Now that you have had a couple of days to try out your plan, what have you learned? Maybe you need to do your 10 minutes of exercise BEFORE you do something like yardwork. Maybe you should schedule a specific time each day. Maybe you should find some exercise you can do indoors so that you can do it at night or in bad weather. You don't need to do the same type of exercise every day.
Also, yardwork is physically active -- and it's OK to count it as exercise if you are doing it enough to breathe heavy and work your muscles. So I think you have done better than you are giving yourself credit for.
Another good thing you are doing is being honest with yourself. You are setting goals and documenting them regularly. That's what most people who succeed do. Good job! Keep that up and you will soon start to notice that meeting your goals will get a little easier.
I used to hate exercise and NEVER did it. But when health problems forced me to start exercising regularly 5 1/2 years ago, I started. I still don't enjoy it -- and usually have to force myself to do it -- but I do it regularly now. I am in the best shape I have been in as an adult and have committed to exercising regularly for the rest of my life. That doesn't mean I like it -- it just means I like how it helps me feel and I have promised myself that I will keep trying -- even when I experience some setbacks of my own along the way.
Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 7/7/2012 (13:12)