Regular readers of this blog know that on January 1st I began a project of what I’m calling my daily “rituals.” I read a chapter in War and Peace. I write at least 100 words (free writing). And I do some strength/resistance training.
All these actions take very little time. I’m often done in 20 minutes. Because the rituals are so short, I feel very little resistance to doing them. And so I keep going.
With the reading, progress is obvious. I’m about 225 pages into War and Peace (yep, that’s where 40 chapters gets you). On the writing it’s less clear. I’d like to figure out some ideas for my larger writing projects (including ideas for another novel) but I mostly just describe the snow I see out my window. We shall see. I’m trying to be patient.
As for the strength-training, the definition of the ritual is just to do something. A single squat would count. I’m keeping the bar so low because I have absolutely failed to build strength/resistance training into my life in the past and I know it is supposed to be important. The trouble here is that progress is motivational…and a single squat isn’t going to deliver that.
But I decided that building the habit should come first. And sure enough, the more days I do something, the more I become interested in that something. I had been using a 10-lb kettle bell. Having used it every day for more than a month, I decided to add slightly heavier weights. My 15-lb kettle bell arrived yesterday and I used it this morning instead. The same exercises felt a little more intense. There is progress. As long as we just keep going.