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I got a message yesterday from a friend I've not seen in a while (BethAnn). She reminded me of something with a very good point... I need to stop trying to walk, and actually walk.
Specifically, I need to not be so hung up about going on a formal trek out of the house to get in 1000+ steps at once... it is clearly not fitting into my lifestyle well. Pinning my walking success on fitting it in is causing me to walk less steps than if I abandoned that particular cause and just paced around my apartment.
I think I've figured out the walking thing during the work day. I've got all of my little tricks to get in extra steps in the 750+ range, and am getting in 8000+ steps without stressing about it. At home.. not so much. I seem to struggle to fit in even 2000.
My thinking was that I just needed to apply more desire to getting out and walking. After all, it's only 20 minutes and there's nothing actually stopping me other than my own distractions. It sure seems like it would be an easy thing to do. It's very easy during the workday, and the gym at my house is actually closer than the one at work.
Home is a different environment than work, with different tensions and priorities. I think I need to treat it as a separate walking program to begin with. I need to learn a new bag of tricks to get myself up and walking... because after all, it is the walking that is the point of all of this, not making the pedometer tick.
Although I do admit that I like to see those high step counts. :)
So, thanks to BethAnn for reminding me!