Day 46: Challenges

One of the many challenges of trying to walk 15,000 steps a day is the initial streak hurdle. When you’ve only hit your step goal for one, two, or three consecutive days, it’s easy to blow it off and start over again if you’re too tired or cranky. You haven’t gotten very far just yet, so no big deal right?

That’s the challenge I’m facing right now. I’m exhausted and I want to go to bed. My step goal seems out of reach since I’m only at 5,842 steps for the day. Hitting 15,000 would require over an hour and a half’s worth of living room laps, and frankly, it just doesn’t seem worth it right at this moment.  I’m so tired! Isn’t getting a good night’s rest more important?

When it comes down to it, it really doesn’t matter what excuse I come up with or how I justify it. What matters is what I choose to do or not do, and the only person it really matters to is me, right? Why all the drama? Sometimes going to sleep is the right answer. At least that’s what I’m going to tell myself tonight.

Day 12: I should have known better

After five challenging, but successful days, I ruined my streak by less than four hundred steps.

It was such a dumb way to fail.

After walking hours of living room laps because I’d spent the day on the couch recovering from one too many cocktails the night before, I decided to take a short break. I only had about 350 steps to go and it’s was only 10pm; there was plenty of time to get those steps in – or so I thought.

I got comfortable. I lost track of time. It wasn’t until after midnight that I realized I hadn’t finished walking my steps. I quickly opened the Garmin app on my phone and saw it: 14,679 steps.

So frustrating.

I knew better. As I sat on the couch to relax, i remember having the fleeting thought that I shouldn’t sit down. With so few steps left, I should just go ahead and finish them right away. Why risk it?

But risk it I did, and I failed.

No biggie though. Shit happens. I’ll learn from today and do better tomorrow. I’ll have a new streak going in no time.

Day 88: FFS

Day 87

I’m drawing a blank on yesterday. Luckily, I have my Garmin app to remind me that I failed to hit my step goal yesterday by a lot. Thanks Garmin Connect!

Final step count: 8,355

Day 88

Today’s post was supposed to be one full of successes and yay mes, but it isn’t. Little kid was still sick today, so I kept him home. I couldn’t decide on a workout plan to follow, so I skipped the gym out of frustration, and instead of having a plan for tomorrow to get back on track, I am already anticipating another failure.

That’s not a good sign.

Oh, and did I mention I didn’t hit my step goal today either? At this rate, I’m going to surpass my previous 20-day step goal streak with a streak of days I didn’t hit my goal. :/

I need to snap out of whatever this is, and I need to do it pronto. I really don’t want to waste this week or worse, the next four.

Final step count: 12,165

Days 82 & 83: Where am I and where did my motivation go?

Day 82

I went to bed last night without hitting my step goal. I knew I was short steps, but I just didn’t seem to care enough to get up and walk laps. I am still struggling with getting back into the swing of things after vacation. It’s frustrating because I’d hoped that the progress I’ve made since I began this challenge would make it easier for me to bounce back from vacation mode. But it hasn’t, at least not yet. I’m still that person who struggles for weeks to get back into the whole “working out and eating better” thing after indulging and being lazy for a week on vacation.

Final step count: 10,379

And struggle this week I have. Yesterday was the first day I stayed within my calorie range since last Wednesday. I haven’t even tried to make it to the gym this week. I basically resigned myself to not working out until after my Bod Pod for no good reason.

Even worse, I feel like I subconsciously blew off my step goal. As I updated my tracking sheet this morning, I realized that I missed my step goal on Monday by less than 1,000 steps. I hadn’t even noticed.

I need to snap out of this funk and get motivated again. I’ve made too much progress to start slipping back into old habits and start regaining the weight. I just don’t know how to. All of my old “tricks,” like finding a new workout plan, just aren’t working this time around.

Any tips, tricks, or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Current step total: 13,022

Day 81: Thinner Leaner Stronger

Day 80

As I skimmed through the book last night, I made changes to my goals in MyFitnessPal based on the nutrition recommendations in the book. Specifically the following two:

  • Eat 30-40 grams of protein at each meal
  • Eat 40-50 grams of carbs before working out

I decided that I would try to use my “strengths” in the nutrition department to overcome my weaknesses. Basically, I tend to be better at sticking to the healthier stuff earlier in the day. It doesn’t bother me as much to drink a protein shake in the morning as it does to try to eat a healthy meal at dinner time.

Granted, I haven’t even been able to drink protein shakes these past few weeks because of my bratty inner child; but I decided it’s time to remind her that we’re an adult now.

Last night, I planned and pre-logged my meals like this:

  • 5:30 am – Protein shake (6am workout) (410 caps)
  • 8 am – Eggs, rice, seaweed, fruit (399 cals)
  • 12 pm – Grilled chicken with rice (302 cals)
  • 5:30 pm – TBD (489 cals; minus 127 cals if I want to have a cocktail – although the book highly suggests just saying no to the booze)

I’d like to say I went to bed motivated for the new week, but the workout program itself feels a tad intimidating. Mike Matthews, the guy who wrote the book, states it should take about an hour to complete. I don’t have an hour in the mornings right now, unless I start waking up at 4 am.

The other small obstacle is the equipment needed to complete the workouts. Despite it being all pretty basic stuff, the gym I go to doesn’t really have it. Believe it or not, my gym doesn’t have a squat rack. Crazy, huh? I have access to a better gym, but it would add an extra 15 minute commute each way to go there.

What to do?

Final step count: 15,475

Day 81

I woke up this morning still unsure of what to do in terms of this new plan. Do I start waking up at 4 am to workout? If I were to drive to the other gym I’d have to get up at 3:30 am, and that’s just not realistic. How do I get around the lack of proper equipment? Should I find a new program for now?

I’ll tell you what I did finally decide to do. I decided to give myself a week to figure it out. My Bod Pod is this Thursday anyway. It might be best to wait until after I get my updated results to try out a new program. Or maybe that’s just the excuse I’m going with to skip yet another workout.

Current step total: 735

Day 75: Struggling

Day 75

This post is a tad late, considering it’s technically Wednesday already; but hey, better late than never.

I didn’t make it to the gym today. I told myself it was because I didn’t have enough time, but the truth is, that’s just an excuse. If I had really wanted to go, I would have found the time. The worst part is, I’m not exactly feeling motivated to workout tomorrow morning either.

I really don’t want to fall into the rut I mentioned yesterday. I need to find a way to motivate myself; but first, I need to get some sleep.

Final step count: 16,426

Day 43: Emotional eating

Day 42

I made it through the rest of the evening without going over my calorie goal for the day. Win!

Final step count: 18,354

Day 43

Unlike yesterday and the three days before it, I went over my calorie goal today. Despite how great I’ve been feeling, I woke up really tired today. I had another full day of volunteering, followed by an extra long afternoon meeting. It wasn’t stressful, but for some reason it just felt emotionally draining.

Maybe it was the rain, the workout I skipped today, or all the sugar cravings I gave into. Unfortunately, whenever I feel really tired, I crave the sweet stuff and have little energy to “just say no.” This is probably one of those reoccurring situations I should have a plan for to stay on track, but I don’t yet.

I know the scale is going to go up tomorrow morning as a result of the chicken tenders and fries I had for dinner. I know whatever extra weight it shows isn’t actually real weight gained, but still – like most people hoping to lose some weight, I prefer to see the numbers on the scale decrease.

Oh well. Tomorrow is another day and another opportunity. It’s just a little water weight, and compared to past binges, it could have been worse.

Happy Friday!

Current step total: 9,747

Current step goal streak: 13 days 
Previous step goal streak: 2 days
Longest step goal streak: 13 days