Life goes on?
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
I have had so much going on in my head during the past 2 weeks that I’m not sure where I am or what’s going on. They have been a blur and I really don’t remember much. Where to begin?
So on the first of October I started a challenge and as most of you probably know someone else won it in 1-day… 100,000 steps… one day! Seems to me someone cheated but that’s not my call to make. I got depressed and lost all motivation for about 20 minutes. Then my husband challenged me to take as many steps as I could for that week (Monday – Saturday night). I would get $1.00 for every 1,000 steps. I would get $1.00 additional for every 5,000 steps before Friday night when I left on an overnight trip with my bff.
So I got $201.00 total and took over 170,000 steps that week. Part of my prize was also to go rock climbing that Sunday if I had over 100,000 steps before Friday when I left. Blew that one out of the park. On Sunday, both DH & I weren’t feeling well so we put off the rock climbing for a week. I wasn’t feeling good last weekend (rain and damp cold weather to hot weather just had my joints (especially fingers) hurting. So we are going this Sunday! Sweet.
Here is my steps breakdown for the challenge for that week with Zanna.
10/3 Wed – 38,511
10/4 Thu – 24,738
10/5 Fri – 21,107
10/6 Sat – 16,710
10/7 Sun – 8,349
10/8 Mon – 11,397
10/9 Tue – 10,658
As you can see I got tired and also a little achy with my left (weakest) ankle swelling most nights I had to slow down a little. Last week’s steps breakdown:
10/10 Wed – 12,448
10/11 Thu – 15,097
10/12 Fri – 11,666
10/13 Sat – 8,756
10/14 Sun – 11,615
10/15 Mon – 8,015
10/16 Tue – 10,412
As you can see I didn’t do as much this week step wise as last. On Monday I completed a challenge to earn a new badge on the other site called the TrailBlazer for walking for 30+ active minutes for 30 days straight. Sweet! Now I’m aiming for the WALKstar, which is 60 days in a row of 7,000+ steps a day. Because of my battery dying in September, I have already gotten 34 days (including today) which means I should earn the badge the day before we leave for the cruise. And who knows I may even make the 500,000-step goal before the cruise too. LOL!
That’s about as far as my motivation has gotten me. Eating was pretty good for the first part of the month. I loved the fact that Spark People had me upping my food intake significantly last week. Well, when you’re exercising for over an hour or two (before AND after work) you’ll burn more calories. Then last week… eep! I even stopped tracking my food so I’m not sure exactly what I ate. Sigh. I did move my estimated calorie burn back down to something closer to what I normally do which of course lowered my calorie range again. I am trying to remember to eat well even though this is the week before treatment. Monday was really, really bad with chili cheese fries, Fig Newtons and way too much other food. Yesterday was better although not the healthiest I could have eaten. I even stayed in calorie range. Which really surprised me when I realized that I was just 2 short days away from my next treatment. Thankfully I didn’t do too much damage as I’m only up 0.2 lbs. Which is better than I normally do the week before the treatment. Also I have been MUCH more active with at least 30 active minutes a day… no excuses. If I don’t get up and do it before work I at least have been able to do it after work.
Now I just have to be able to continue that for another 26 days. Maybe by then it will be a habit. Then all I’d need to do is add to this base. Maybe, by adding in some more intense activities and strength training after I get back from my vacation. I’m planning to take some of the fitness center’s classes on board the ship. That means packing several nicer exercise outfits. That may be where some of my money goes but I really need new work clothes too. We’ll see what I get. Probably will go shopping early November after the Color Run 5K.