Initiating Streak for Daily Minimum of 10K steps
Sunday, June 09, 2013
Well that's how I felt like saying after I finished my seventh mile (walking) this afternoon. It has been pouring rain in varying intensity since last night and all day long so far. I decided that outdoor walking wasn't going to happen so I popped in a DVD by Leslie Sansone and walked 5 miles and then repeated the first two miles to get a total of 7 miles. Well maybe 7 miles according to their calculations, but my FitBit only registered as 10.6K of steps as opposed to the nearly 14K I get when I walk a similar distance outdoors. Since her 'miles', besides walking in place, involve a lot of side steps, knee lifts, kicks, and other movements that aren't picked up my my fitbit I hope her mileage is accurate but that's also why I did the extra 2 miles to make sure I got my 10K of steps in.
Five days a go, I decided to really try to stick with my daily minimum steps goal of 10K and accept nothing less until I've attained it even if it takes me all day long. Since setting that as a firm goal I have been able to do so despite foot and toe injuries and the beginning of the deep south heat and humidity settling in for the late Spring, Summer and most of Fall. I suspose I shall have to make sure I have it a trackable goal in Spark so that the exercise log will help me keep track of my streak. I've gotten so that I rely of my Fitbit sync to input my aerobic exercise data. Its hit or miss if I record my ST which I haven't been doing neither much of nor often.
Last week I even went to a gym for three days and , after getting a little bit of instruction, did a bit of strength training using a TRX machine. I was unfamiliar with the TRX system but its basically a huge metal bar (like a swing set bar) with various adjustable straps hanging down from which you do various exercises utilizing your own body weight while keep your core 'tight'. It was harder than it looked but there were some foot adjustment I could make to allow my legs to carry some of my weight instead of just my arms and chest. The planks were a lot harder to do correctly than the ones I do in yoga class as the TRX ones require me to suspend myself at the ankles and have my forearms flat and 90 degree bend at the elbows to keep the rest of me parallel to the ground. Most uncomfortable to try to keep the back properly straight while doing this when I have such a huge girth still. However, it was something total new to me.
As part of my summer reading program, I purchased several artsy fartsy books to peruse as well The Spark Solution. I haven't read any of them yet but have skimmed through the artsy ones to see which one I want to start with first. I probably won't read the new Spark book until after I've finished some of the drawing/painting exercises in my artsy books. Hope everyone had a great weekend.