By the time my husband got home from work yesterday, I had barely hit 5,000 steps. My attempt at motivating myself by writing yesterday’s post failed. I felt groggy and not in the best of moods, but I really wanted to put a stop to my failing streak and hit my step goal.
I figured a run would be the easiest and quickest way to knock out a few thousand steps. I wasn’t necessarily in the mood for running, I’m not one of those people who likes to work out in the evenings; but I figured I could manage a short, slow run. So when my husband walked through the door, I told him I needed to go for a run to clear my head, and I took the baby with me. I figured the little kid could use some fresh air.
We ran a very slow 2.5 miles. When we were done, I checked my Garmin and I was a few steps short of 10,000. It was almost 6:00pm, and I knew if I went home then, I would likely not be able to hit my goal again. Little kid had fallen asleep, and he needed to rest to get better, so I decided to just keep walking for a bit. By the time we got back home, I was a little over 12,000 steps. Win! I also had a text from my husband: he was proud of the fact that I had chosen to go for a run to clear my head.
That may sound silly or weird to some, but normally, when I’m in my not-so-great moods, I tend to wallow in them. I just want to veg in front of the TV, binge on comfort food, and maybe have a cocktail or two. My husband, on the other hand, is exactly the type of person who would choose to go for a run to help get rid of a bad mood. For the first time ever, I chose the healthier route for trying to manage my bad feelings.
Granted, my motivation came from wanting to get my steps in, not necessarily to make myself feel better, but I still got out there and ran right? That’s what counts. It seems this challenge is definitely working.
Final step count: 16,171
I’ve already hit my step goal for the day and it’s not even 6:00 pm yet. I’m back on a roll and ready to keep this streak going!
Current step total: 16,211
Current step goal streak: 2 days Previous step goal streak: 1 day Longest step goal streak: 6 days