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Whatever happened to ... update on my New Year's Resolution


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

You will recall that last New Year's Eve I made the resolution to walk 10,000 steps/day for all of 2012. I quickly (after having pneumonia in mid-January) realized that AVERAGING 10,000 steps/day was a lot more realistic that an absolute requirement: sick days, travel days, and weather happen to us all.

All spring I struggled at just under the 10,000/day average. Then, I went to Russia for two weeks and India for six and walked and walked and walked. I have several days well over 20,000 steps/day and I was averaging around 15,000 steps. Suddenly I was ahead of my goal and by the time I returned to the States it looked like I could coast until the end of the year.

And then October and November happened. Maybe some of you wondered where I had gone to. I hadn't given up on SparkPeople, but teaching was taking so much of my time. I didn't have time to spend a lot of time on these pages and my walking also suffered.

So, at the beginning of December, I realized that it was put up or shut up time. I had to average around 11,000 steps/day for the entire month to reach my goal. That wasn't easy: December in New Hampshire includes not only the holidays, but also some pretty bad weather. And so at dawn on December 31st I found myself with 3,647,993 steps, 12,007 steps shy of what I needed and with less than 12 hours of daylight in which to walk them. But my wife needed help around the house and there were people coming over ... so I got fatalistic and walked when I could.

I'm pleased to report that at 10:47 PM EST on December 31st - while walking around the block with my wife and a friend of ours, I crossed 3,660,000 steps, an average of ten thousand steps a day for the entire year. I even finished with a few steps to spare.

Doing this resolution has taught me so much about consistency, and making permanent changes in my lifestyle. I didn't realize it at the time, but I think it was the perfect New Year's Resolution for me.

And so, I've decided to repeat it for 2013. My resolution is once again to average 10,000 steps/day PLUS one more thing. I've always had tight hamstrings and so I also resolve to stretch every day with the hope that by the end of the year I'll be able to sit on the floor with my legs straight and together, grasp the soles of my feet with the palms of my hands and drop my elbows to the ground. And if I get there (no guarantees) I'll try working on touching my head to my knees in that same position. You can rest assured that if I make it, I'll post a picture here.

Keep on Sparkin' friends and don't forget to take a walk today.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
COREY04 2/21/2013 12:02PM

    Congratulations: How are you tracking so far this year?

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WRITEMANN1 1/6/2013 8:34AM

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KELPIE57 1/4/2013 11:59AM

    Well done, you know, I may even join you on this one!

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SUSIEGKORN 1/4/2013 10:59AM

    Good for you! That is quite a nice goal met! I'm proud of you! Best to you and your wife in 2013!

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DGILBRIDE1949 1/2/2013 9:56PM

    Wow! I am impressed. Exactly how far is 10,000 steps. I would like to try that,

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JSTETSER 1/2/2013 5:50AM

    What a great goal. Glad you reached it! Consider joining my group for a hike up Mt Monadnock some day. We hike every month-usually more than once!
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PAPAMIKIE 1/1/2013 11:21PM

    Way to go!!!

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KAYOTIC 1/1/2013 8:58PM

    Congrats on making your goal! And good luck with the next one too, flexibility helps in so many ways!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 1/1/2013 7:18PM

    Excellent! Congratulations to you and I admire your consistency. Have a great, steady New Year full of many many steps!

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CHOCOHIPPO 1/1/2013 4:52PM

    Wow! What great determination you have and you did it!!!!!!! YAY! Congratulations!

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STRIVER57 1/1/2013 4:26PM

    congratulations ... with barely an hour to spare ... how efficient!

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BEATLETOT 1/1/2013 3:52PM

    Wow, you did AWESOME!!! Glad tosee a post from you. =)

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VHALKYRIE 1/1/2013 3:27PM

    I believe that walking really is the ultimate fitness exercise. Congrats on all your steps!



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SLENDERELLA61 1/1/2013 3:07PM

    Can't wait to see that picture! I bet you'll do it with your history of consistency.

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/1/2013 3:06PM

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I love walking. I walk everywhere. It's not only great cardiovascular exercise, it's a great way to reduce stress too. It's when I do a lot of my "thinking".

Also, have you ever taken a yoga class ? If you'd like to increase your flexibility (as well as improve coordination, balance, strength and stamina), I highly recommend yoga. When I first started taking it, I couldn't touch my today. Fast forward a few years and now, with a preparation stretch, I can touch my palms to the floor.

If you can't touch your toes, that's an indication of tight hamstrings and even hip flexors. Yoga would be a great way to increase over all flexibility.

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