I've been playing an overabundance of Sims 3 the last few days. It's kind of a weird addiction because you're living life, but you're not living life. Anyway I had a realization that I've had many times already but I had it again. You don't get anything you don't work for.
In the game you can improve your sims skills by having them spend time practicing different skills. There's several like cooking, playing guitar, charisma, and fitness. The different sims you make can have personality traits that improve their ability to learn different skills but ultimately they have to practice to obtain any of them.
Even though it's a simulation of reality it's probably more honest than actual reality. The point being, how many times have I tried to tell myself that I just have to find another way to get healthy because the thing I'm doing isn't working. The reality is that it probably is working I just have to keep doing it and keep improving my skill so I get better at it. This applies to running. This applies to walking and the elliptical. This applies to every sport or form of exercise that I've started and not ever improved upon because I got frustrated and found something else to do.
The moral of the story is that starting and maintaining a new lifestyle is great, but if you don't keep pushing yourself you'll never get better than you are.
Today I ran week one and did 4 of the 6 intervals. Tomorrow I will walk for an entire hour. Next week I am going to start dragon boating and I will go to every practice that doesn't conflict with working. Every single one. This is how I am pushing myself. And, I challenge everyone that reads this to tell me what you are going to do!