For a few days I participated in a “walking challenge.” It didn’t work out that well for me. No matter how many steps I walked somebody always walked more and then I felt blue about it. Apparently this is not a good way for me to find motivation. When I asked some of the other, more successful walkers how they got such great results they shared such secrets as “pacing while reading,” or marching up and down at the bowling alley in between turns. Apparently the other people at the bowling alley thought the woman “must be on something.” One woman confided that she marched in place while brushing her teeth.
I guess that’s fine for them, but really I want the walking that I do to be something more organic, part of an active lifestyle, rather than just racking up points hardly moving. Sunday is supposed to be my day off, but because I was so busy traveling yesterday, I didn’t meet the quota and one day earlier in the week I was about a 700 shy. So today I went to the wondrous Wegerzyn Gardens and strolled through the woods, and wandered in the formal gardens. (It’s worth clicking the link to see the place.) That along with just normal day to day moving about was enough to give me 6321 steps.
In April, I’m supposed move the baseline to 7500, and it won’t be easy. I think I’ll have to do at least part of it on the treadmill in the morning, just to save time. Unfortunately I won’t be able to do it in my glorious new shoes because I am sending them back. They were remarkably uncomfortable. I don’t have high archs, but they had so little arch support, I might as well be wearing my Chuck Taylor’s. Yet, they were built up too much in other places. I only wore them for about five minutes before I had to take them off again. I’ll do some more research.
Today the target number changed again to 68.2. (Yes, hooray.) On the menu: Greek yogurt with granola, 3 small (soft taco size) tortillas with shredded pork (no sauce), half a dozen mini sweet peppers, a glass of v-8, two rice cakes, baby bok choy with a little chicken breast over half a cup of rice and two ginger Chimes.
I go out walking after midnight, out in the moonlight . . . .