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Day 56: Why I write

The day before yesterday, I messed up. After 34 consecutive days of hitting my step goal, I lost track of time and fell asleep less than 500 steps from the prize. I didn’t feel discouraged, and fully intended to get right back to it yesterday, but I started to wonder if I needed to keep posting about it. It’s been over two weeks since I last published anything, and despite starting several drafts, I haven’t really felt like sharing anything.

Yeah, there’s been a lot I’ve wanted to say. My brain is always going – analyzing every little thing I do, feel, or say; and I have opinions about everything. But I don’t always feel comfortable sharing all that crazy, even somewhat anonymously, and I know that having opinions doesn’t mean others want to read them. But, I quickly realized this morning that without this blog, I’m significantly less motivated to hit my step goal every day. Writing these posts provide me with accountability. That’s reason enough to keep doing it.

So here I am, back at day 0, but still here. I’m not giving up on this challenge just yet.

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Day 16: Confusing results?

I had my monthly Bod Pod appointment this morning. As I wrote in a previous post, I wasn’t expecting much of a change from my last results. If anything, I was just hoping they wouldn’t be worse. Despite making it to the gym a few times this month and hitting my step goal for the last two weeks, I’ve been feeling super bloated and huge. That glutening at the retreat really did a number on me.

So, you can imagine my surprise when the wellness coach announced that despite gaining 1 lb of overall weight, I’d actually lost 3 lbs of fat and gained 4 lbs of fat free mass. My body fat percentage decreased by 3%! At least, that’s what the Bod Pod seems to think.

I’m suspicious of results that are too good to be true. Even if I wanted to believe it was some sort of muscle memory thing, it’s still too large of an increase. Plus, fat free mass can be anything, so who knows? Maybe it’s just the bloat the Bod Pod is picking up on. Regardless, since I can’t make sense of the results, I’m going to assume it’s a mistake for now. If I get the same result or better next month, then maybe I’ll believe this one was right after all.

In other news, a few days ago, I also wrote that I would start working on getting more and better sleep today – it’s not going well. I’m off to a rough start. It’s already 9:37 pm and here I am, typing this post on my phone (I’m sure you’ve heard the whole, blue light keeps you awake thing). I’m basically doing the opposite of what I should be doing and just setting myself up for failure. I’m also still short about 1,000 steps for the day, so I’ll need to walk a few laps before bed to hit my goal. So much for going to sleep by 10 pm.

Oh well, I’ve got to start somewhere right? And the bottom is as good a place as any. Plus, after I hit my goal today, my streak will be up to 14 days. I just might break my longest streak by the end of the week!

Happy Monday!

Day 12: I’m in the double digits

Despite the ups and downs of the past two weeks, I’ve hit double digits on my step streak. Today marks 10 straight days of walking 15,000 steps a day. Woo hoo!

Now that I seem to have this whole step thing somewhat under control, I think it’s time to start working on getting my sleep on track. Sleep has eluded me since childhood, so I kinda sorta feel like this is going to be a much harder goal to hit. There’s just so much info out there on how to get more (and better) sleep. I need a plan, and I need it before Monday.

Monday is the day.

That means, I need to get smart on all things sleep related. So, from now until then, I’m going to listen to podcasts about sleep, read articles and books about sleep, think about sleep, and write about sleep. Exciting stuff, huh?

It gets better: Monday is also the day of my next Bod Pod.

Although I did make it to the gym a few times this month, I don’t expect any significant changes. I didn’t really do all that well with restricting my eating window, and the scale says I’m bloated. My measurements haven’t change much either.

I’m still looking forward to it though – It’s a great starting point to see what getting proper sleep can do (assuming I’m successful at getting proper sleep that is).

Speaking of sleep, it is past my bedtime. Hasta mañana!

Day 5: The things we do

It’s almost 11pm and I’m walking laps in our hotel room. My family and I are here for a retreat of sorts, and as I was laying in bed, getting ready to go to sleep, I remembered my step goal. Almost reflexively, I checked my watched and there it was: 9,478 steps. I was a bit over 5,000 steps short. So, despite not really wanting to, I sucked it up, got out of bed, and started pacing.

Now, walking around a dark room when I’d rather be sleeping isn’t fun, but it isn’t the end of the world. I’m certain (hoping) the sense of satisfaction I’ll have when I hit my goal will make it all worth it. That being said, on nights like these I can’t help but wonder:

1. Is this crazy? Am I being weirdly obsessive, or am I just really dedicated to hitting this goal?

2. Is walking 15,000 steps worth losing an hour of sleep?

Funny enough, it’s the sleep question that concerns me. The more I read (and listen) about the importance of sleep, the harder I want to try to make sure I get enough of it (and the more conflicted I am when faced with having to choose between hitting my step goal and going to bed).

Granted, there’s an easy fix for this: I just need to get all my steps in earlier in the day. Unfortunately, given my track record, that’s easier said than done. So, to pass the time as I stumble about, I’ve decided to brainstorm ways of hitting my step goal before it gets too late.

  1. Take the dog for a walk in the mornings (this one is iffy since it interferes with my gym time – assuming I stick with the whole going to the gym thing…)
  2. Start doing cardio (definitely an option, but not on a daily basis)
  3. Set an alarm to go off every hour and take a 5-minute walk whenever it rings
  4. Park farther away from wherever I’m going
  5. Take stairs instead of elevators
  6. Pace when waiting, instead of standing or sitting (I already do this one)
  7. Take the dog for a longer afternoon walk (unless it’s really hot out)

I feel like I should be able to come up with more, but since my watch just buzzed (alerting me to the fact that I’ve hit my step goal for the day) I’m going to leave it at 7 and go back to bed. It’s a 3-day step streak!

If you have any suggestions for ways I can get in some extra steps (that you wouldn’t mind sharing), please let me know! I could use all the help I can get!

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