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    Yes! Finally! For the first time in years, I was able to exercise for 30 days straight.
    I finished the Vitality program. I've been trying to do it for over a year. I made my first attempts around a year ago when the program was just released. Since then it was on and off. I will almost do it (in August or January), then something stops me — I get ill, I lose all my vigor, I become really busy. After that come month and a half of completely no exercise, and I start all over again.
    But this time I did it! My first fitness height is conquered!

    How I did it? There were several adjustments in my routine, but I'm not sure that I can pinpoint one that was the key. First, at the start of the year, I decided that I can have one rest day every four days. I don't have to — Darebee programs are designed the way that you do them in one go without rest — but if life gets in the way, I could skip one day without breaking the chain.
    That was not enough. I kept my streak going for 26 days with several off-days, but in the end, I was not able to keep it going. I got vaccinated twice, and both times I had serious side effects, being almost completely useless for three days straight. Doing exercise was out of the question.
    But even when feeling okay, it was just too hard. Life is just a little too distressing right now. Even knowing that exercise makes it better, at the end of the day I couldn't force myself to do it. I was battling my inability to act until the late evening when I told myself that it's too late, and I better try tomorrow.

    And then it struck me. Why not try doing it at the start of the day?
    To be honest, I thought about it before, but in the mornings I try to have some free "clean mind" time for writing, and workouts wouldn't fit in my routine.
    But my writing going... not that well either. I live not in the optimal environment for quiet time in the mornings. So I decided to give morning exercise a try.
    I googled "best time for exercise" and found out that exercising first thing in the morning (before breakfast) is a way to prevent diabetes. Or reduce the risk of diabetes. It helps with muscles absorbing glucose and drops the resistance of insulin or something close. I'm not a medic, I may explain it wrong. But my grandfather had diabetes, and I heard that it was an illness connected to genes. So this bit of information somehow was the last piece to push me into trying exercise in the morning.
    And it worked! I exercise the first thing after I get up from bed. It's not always easy, it's not an automatic response. Sometimes (like today) I really have to force myself to do it. But I am yet to skip an exercise.
    Mostly that's due to the fact that I'm fortunate enough to work flexible hours, and I can approach exercise at my own pace without the worry of getting late.

    Overall, I feel good about exercising every day. I wouldn't say that it has completely changed my life. I'm not instantly happier and more focused, as some of the accounts, I've read about exercise. But I'm already seeing some benefits. I will try to formulate them in the next post.
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      Hey, I've finished the Baseline program!
      I had two days off the past month, but overall, I was able to keep the steady pace.
      I will start Square One tomorrow.


        Congrats on baseline badge