Wednesday, October 14, 2009
For the most part, I have been one to shy away from any sort of physical activity.
As a kid, I always felt awkward and bulky. There was a brief (one season) time where I actually joined a school team and played field hockey but that was definitely an anomaly and not the norm for me.
I've always been one of those people that has done her own thing when it's come to working out - if I've worked out at all!
So now that I'm trying to get back into things, and it seems whenever I'm really about to get into it I start getting sick (this time is no exception), I've wondered what I could do to keep going and do little things so as to not come to a complete and grinding halt.
Two things have happened recently that have made me try to get back on track. One was my husband who asked me if I had "given up" on my Nintendo DS. Those were his exact words. The other was another Sparker saying to me, "Well, you could walk home from work. That shouldn't be hard."
Last Christmas I got the DS and started to acquire "games" for it. I have yoga, a personal chef, mind games, but the two there are two that are a little less "game" and more about health. I've really got to get back into setting up and using "My Weightloss Coach" but for the time being I've been using one that measures how many steps I take. It isn't fancy, there aren't a lot of bells and whistles to it, but I see every day how many steps I take.
So while there are those out there that are walking miles (good for you!), I'm walking around 4000 steps a day. That's at least 6000 shy of what the average person should be walking.
4000 doesn't seem like a lot, but it's an amazing accomplishment for me! I'm proud of myself that I am sucking it up and walking a little more. Taking longer routes to places I'd normally try to find the short cut to. I'm trying to take the stairs a little more. I'm now starting to actively look for ways where I can walk more, even if it means only 20 steps at a time, it's 20 more than I used to.
This is just the beginning for me. It really is one small step...