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Day 2: What was I thinking?

My decision to start this challenge yesterday was not very well thought out. It was around 4:00 pm when I published my post and I had barely cleared 4,000 steps by that time. So yeah, there I was, sitting in front of my computer with only a few hours to go and almost 11,000 steps left to take.

The easiest thing to do to quickly rack up some steps would have been to go for a run, but with my husband working late, I was on my own with the kiddos. Granted, I could have put the little one in the jogging stroller and let the bigger one ride her bike; but the jogging stroller has this almost magic ability to put the little one to sleep and at 4:00 pm, there was no way I was going to let him take a nap – there’d be hell to pay at bedtime. I decided to take them to the park instead, and while they played, I walked laps around the jungle gym. Unfortunately, that only added about 2,000 steps to my total. I seriously considered throwing in the towel at that point, but failing on day 1? I just wasn’t ready to give up yet.

Back at home, I did everything I could to keep moving. I took extra trips upstairs to put things away, paced around my living room, and took the dog for an extra long walk. By the time the kids were fed, bathed, and in bed, I had somehow cleared 11,000 steps. With 4,000 steps to go and less than three hours until midnight, I did the only thing I could think of: I walked laps around my living room for almost a full hour. Ridiculous? Yes; but effective. I hit my goal of 15,000 steps! Woo hoo!

Today I figured I’d start with some “before” stats to track any progress I might make over the next 365 days. I love tracking stats. My desk and computer are littered with half-used charts and spreadsheets I’ve created over the years to chart my progress. During our most recent move, I managed to locate and consolidate a bunch of old stats on a master spreadsheet of sorts. I have measurements dating all the way back to 2011! It’s fascinating to see how they’ve changed, and not-changed, over the years.

As I weighed myself and took my measurements this morning, I thought about which stats to share on this blog and how often to update them. Weight alone doesn’t tell the whole picture, but I’m not courageous enough to share any “before” photos. I also haven’t really given much thought to any goals I may have or any other changes I might make, other than hitting that magic number of 15,000 every day. So, these stats are really just a fun experiment at the moment – numbers to watch and see if they change at all as a result of this new challenge. I decided on sharing the stats further below and updating them weekly on Monday mornings.

And with that, I’m off to eat some breakfast and get some steps in. Happy Saturday!

"Before" Stats
Height: 60 inches 
Weight: 131.2 lbs 
Measurements (in inches):
Bicep 10.75
Chest 35
Waist 31
Hips 37
Thigh 22
Calf 14




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