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You might remember that I wrote something about this new habit I’ve trying to build up again this year. That habit is jogging.

I was actually wrote about me walking around the block in the morning and I’ve been doing it for five days at that time. Well, today is the 26th day of the exercise and I’m  planning to keep on doing it.

Before, I was usually start my exercise with running slowly, which is the general definition of jogging, for about 1 to two minutes (then gradually improved day after day), followed by walking in a slow to moderate motion, then ended it with another slow run for about 1 minutes. It’s a total 30 minutes exercise.

When I re-started the habit building this year, I was basically did the same thing.  But since I haven’t doing it for quite some times plus I was not in a very good condition that day, I sort of threw up by the end of it :p

Then, the next day, I try a new approach. Instead of start running immediately at the beginning of the exercise (without even have a warming up before :p), then walking moderately afterwards, I decide to start it with a fast walking (still without any warming up :p) and only jog by the end of the exercise (I started with one minute and increase it gradually). I found it pretty effective. I still got the exercise with all the sweat and cardio advantages without being over exhausted at the first round but then drastically slowing down at the next round by walking in slow to moderate pace.

After about two weeks of doing so, I found this cool website about jogging and running own by Valik Rudd. I look around the website, then decided to subscribe to get his free course. There’re some tips about warming up and how to start jogging. I’m interested on the steps of his program that I think can helps me to improve my exercise to more jogging than walking, since jogging is the habit I want to build at the first place. You can read about the program here.

I’ve been doing the first week program this week: Walk for about 6 minutes, then jog at a relaxed pace for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times. Do three sessions with the same sequence for the whole week. But since I use to do it every day, instead of follow the three sections a week program, I’m doing it for the whole week. I also keep the 30 minutes length, so when I’ve finished the three times sequence I used the extra time by fast walking.

I still mostly forget to do the warm ups though. I know that it’s important to help us avoid injuries and prepare our body to do the exercise better, so I will pay more attention to it.

There are some other tips and knowledge that you can get from subscribing for the course or reading the articles directly from the website, like the right shoes for running, jogging benefits, the difference between walking VS jogging VS running, jogging safety, etc.

I feel good about this jogging thing so far. I actually start to enjoy doing it and the program is making it even more interesting. I can’t wait to start the second week then improving my jogging durability until I can finally jog for 30 minutes non-stop.

Interested to join me? 😉

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Next Chapter: 2011

A new beginning is always exciting. It’s a chance to put all the bad things behind and start over with a clean slate. New year is one of the moments to have a new beginning.

Of course everyday could be the new beginning, like this quote said:

You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it; This is going to be my day.

~Brendon Burchard – author, motivational speaker

And we don’t need to wait until new year to do some changes in our lives or to be a better person.

But hey, new year isn’t coming everyday. A new year title would help to give us a better sense of starting a whole new chapter or even a completely new book. It’s a new day,  a new month, and a new year at the same time, it’s a perfect time to add more new things to it. Well, it’s a perfect reason to make it a perfect time 😀

I never really make any goals or resolutions every new year, until last year.  I read this book by Jack Canfield called “The Success Principles” and decided to write a list of my dreams and make goals out of it. I start reading the book by the end of 2009, so it just feels like a great way to welcoming 2010.

I was writing all my dreams, what I think I want to have, do, achieve, and be at that time. I made a goal for each dream. I made steps to reach the goals and plans to do each steps. I divided the goals into years then into months and divided the steps into weeks and days.

It might not be perfect. The goals, the plans, the steps. I might missed some of the steps or decided to eliminate some goals in the process.

So did I reach all the goals from last year? No.

But did it helps me to have a better year? Yes.

It makes me believe that I can do a lot more than I thought I could in ways that I never imagine before. It makes me want to do more, to make more of my dreams come true. It makes me believe that I can have, do, be anything I want in life, that I can be the change I want to see in the world, that I can create the life I want to live.  With God permission, if I just put my mind, heart, and action to it, I can.

I’m not always this positive of course. But it definitely helps me to feel more of it. I also get to have, do, and be more than I would if I haven’t make the list in the first place.

I glad I made the list. I glad I put it into goals. And for this year, I’m going to make another goals, renewing the one I have made to be precise.

Like I said, new year is a perfect reason to create a perfect time to do some changes, to make and reach more goals, to make more dreams come true. We have passed 2010 with all the failure and glory we made in it. We’ve made mistakes and (hopefully) learn from it. We’ve experience good and bad, sad and happy, ups and downs. Now it’s time to start a new chapter, where we can create a new story, put anything we want in it, be prepared for anything that could happen along the way, and enjoy the ride.

We don’t need to wait until new year to do some changes in our lives, but while it’s here let’s use the moment, let’s make it the day to start making that change and be the person we want to be.

We have passed 2010 and all the story in it.  Next chapter: 2011.