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Here we go

Monday, October 01, 2012

OK, the last challenge of 500,000 steps is done and I succeeded! Now what? It's a new month and a new quarter so I guess it's time for some new challenges. After all, I've got an 18 day streak going with at least 30 minutes of "active" walking. So what's the plan?

Step 1 ~ Join a walk challenge from work. Done... actually I joined 2. The first one is a short term (probably one week) to get to 100,000 steps first. The challenge started today. The current leader (no, not me) has over 22K steps in so far. When I posted this morning I had about 14K. Challenge 2 is to take the most steps in a given amount of time, I think it's either 2 weeks or a month... don't remember the details right now. And of course the next 500,000 step challenge for the insurance premium reduction.

I'm off to a good start there. Today I feel great. I haven't felt this good consistently (ok, does 3 days count as consistently?). It started on Saturday with the wonderful balloon ride. It continued through Sunday and today I felt good enough that I actually got out of bed at 5:45 to do a walking dvd to get a jump start on the challenge.

I am also walking a 5K the first weekend in November with a couple of Spark friends. I'm really looking forward to actually meeting them. My first actual Spark meet up.

Then in mid - late November I'm taking vacation! Almost 3 weeks! I've never in my life taken a vacation of that duration, well at least not since I graduated from school. So this is something else to look forward to. Yippee! Life is looking and feeling good.

10 things I'm grateful for today (in no particular order)...
1. Good medication that actually works.
2. Good doctor's who listen & help
3. Enough money
4. Sunshine and dry heat
5. Those people who create and run teams on Spark People
6. I feel great today!
7. I've an 18 day exercise streak and counting (that is every day, no days off)
8. Good health insurance
9. Internetability (being able to get online and spend time with friends)
10. Being able to learn and overcome fears.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ANGRITTER 10/5/2012 12:43PM

    You just keep on goiing; just like the Energizer Bunny! Maybe I have a new nickname for you! And everything you are doing, you are doing so well at.

I love the streak. I don't think I have ever looked into mine, but I know a good start when I see it... and I see it in you!

Keep kicking tail out there and keep those knees up!


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ZANNACHAN 10/3/2012 6:16PM

    You are doing FANTASTIC! And wow for the 18 non-stop streak... that's awesome! And it's wonderful that you have meds that work that LET you be so active... I know that you've had a long fight to get here!

I'm envious (in a good way!) of your vacation.... we took a nearly 3 week vacation for our honeymoon but that was 10 years ago and we haven't done anything nearly that long since because my husband just doesn't get much vacation time (the only reason we managed the honeymoon was because we'd planned it before he hired on---in fact before he'd gotten laid off from his previous job, where 'd been banking vacation for a couple of years for it--and because he arranged to take it without pay). So no long vacations any time soon..... I'll just have to live vicariously through yours *grin*

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TJCADDO 10/2/2012 11:45PM

    I didn't even know that a pedometer could count up that high. Looking forward to hearing about the day you pass up the current leader. You are so close.


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JENS_DOIN_IT 10/2/2012 6:16PM

    Girl! I just got exhausted from READING! Keep it up!!! emoticon

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MONETRUBY 10/2/2012 3:45PM

    Sounds great! You're doing a fabulous job, and should be quite proud of yourself and your progress. Enjoy that wonderful vacation! Will you be going anywhere?

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SNOWYOGA 10/2/2012 11:38AM

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AMARILYNH 10/1/2012 8:29PM

    Great gratitude list!! I totally believe in the power of an attitude of gratitude - I believe it is life changing!!

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SEAWILLOW 10/1/2012 6:38PM

    I so need a good doctor that can treat me as a whole person! You are blessed to have w good doctor!

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KARIDIAN1 10/1/2012 6:14PM

    Awesome. Good luck with your walking challenges.

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FITLIKENIC 10/1/2012 5:57PM

    100, 000 steps in a week?! That sounds like a LOT yet look at you already at 15,000 + I'm thinking, WOW!

Sounds like your work is really inspiring and encourages Healthy Staff!

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