Sunday, August 12, 2012
our ten week walking challenge at work starts today or tomorrow. I actually think it starts tomorrow, that is when they are having the kickoff walk around the block at the mother ship downtown. I work in a satellite office 20 miles away, so won't be part of the mass of humanity down there, but we have about 40 people signed up from our building, and hopefully we'll throw something together to kick it off. That is one definite advantage to working in a location with less than 100 people in it - you can throw things together with short notice.
We had to set a goal for ourselves, I set a pretty easy goal of just 5000 steps each day but am really hoping to record around 7500 each day (and more would be better!)
Everyone who signed up for the challenge got a free pedometer. It's pretty basic, just counts steps and that is it. The first one I got quit working less than two weeks after I got it. Fortunately I was able to get a replacement but the girl that gave it to me told me I should just go buy a better one now and showed me the kind she had. Last year she was the #1 walker in all of our company's general office, I'd guess about 1000 people participated. So I listened to her advice and picked up a good one over the weekend for about $20. It measures steps, distance walked, calories burned, and resets itself at midnight, but stores seven days worth of data.
I wore it today and tried to see how many steps I could get in just by making small changes to what I had planned for the day. I spent most of the morning doing laundry. Usually I fold it all and wait for all the loads to be done before I carry it upstairs but today I carried it up as I finished folding each load. So that was a start, and I was at 1500 steps before I left to run my errands. I had several stores to go to, I started by parking towards the back of the parking lots. Then when I went inside I did a lap around the perimeter of the stores before I went to get what I had gone to the store for. I did "laps" in four big stores this way. By the time I got back home I was at almost 7000 steps. I'm at 7800 now and should hit 8000 or better by the time I hit the sack.
I'm pretty excited that making some small adjustments in my routine will help me reach the goals that I have set for myself, and look forward to the day when these changes will be "normal" and I'll be able to push myself just a bit more!