Today is the start of week three of the 1,000 extra steps challenge, and I’ve been dragging my feet since Saturday. Hopefully the rest of you are faring a bit better!
My goal, as you all likely know by now, was to get in a minimum of 5,000 steps per day. On most days, I have been trying to get in 6,000 steps per day, and I’ve been pretty successful. On Saturday, however, I only just managed to make my 5K goal — coming in at 5,035 steps, I just made it by the skin of my teeth! Yesterday, I ended up getting in 5,460 steps, which was better, but still not quite where I wanted to be.
It’s close to noon currently here in my neck of the woods, and, sadly, I’m still under 1K for the day. I’m planning to go for a walk later which should drastically increase my steps, but it’s definitely slow going today.
I’ve been called for jury duty tomorrow, and I know that that’s also likely going to put a damper on my activity level. If you’ve ever been summoned before, you likely know that the process entails a long day of hurry up and wait. Even though I’m only 22, I’ve already been called and selected to serve on a jury before. I was called for the first time when I was 19, and I was selected to sit on a 15-person jury during a first degree murder trial. The trial lasted over a month, and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. Although I know that jury duty is a civic obligation, that first experience really soured the whole process for me, so I’m hoping that I’m not called to actually serve again tomorrow, but that’s some pretty big wishful thinking on my part.
In Denver county, they only call jurors on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Last time I was called, I was told that if you’re summoned on a Monday or Tuesday you’re basically guaranteed to be selected for consideration. The day that you’re most likely to be dismissed is Wednesday. What bad luck, right?!
Regardless, I’m hoping I can still get in a little walking tomorrow, and hopefully I can also make good choices food-wise since I’m most likely going to be stuck with crappy cafeteria food or fast food.
Wish me luck!
I’ve been thinking long and hard about walking lately, and I decided that this year I’m really going to try to step outside of my comfort zone exercise-wise. I have a bad knee, so running is out for me, but thanks to this extra steps challenge, I’ve discovered that walking is something that I can do, and it’s also something I actually like to do.
I really enjoy walking with my dog, so I decided to investigate some dog walking opportunities that we can maybe participate in this year.
The Denver Dumb Friends League (a local no-kill animal shelter) holds an annual 2-mile charity walk called the Furry Scurry on the first Saturday in May. I’ve decided that we’re going to do it this year, and I’ve already looked up registration. It should be a fun experience!
I also discovered that the Denver Turkey Trot allows you to walk with your dog if you’re willing to be one of the last to start. Thanksgiving is a long way off at the moment, but it’s something I’m definitely interested in potentially pursuing. It’s a 4-mile walk, but we’ve got lots of time to train for that.
I’ve been trying to do some work on my arms (strengthening and toning, etc.) for the past week or so, and yesterday I somehow managed to injure myself. My right arm was extremely sore yesterday evening, but I was hoping it was just the “normal” soreness and muscle fatigue associated with starting a new routine.
I was sadly mistaken, though, which I figured out after waking up numerous times throughout the night in horrendous pain. I’ve been taking 800 mg. of ibuprofen every few hours and I’ve wrapped my arm in an Ace bandage, but I’m sure I’ll need to see a doctor within the next couple of days to figure out exactly what I’ve done. Hopefully it’s not too serious.
Anywho. That’s what’s going on.
I hope you’re all having a lovely week, and good luck getting those extra steps in!
Eat well. Be well.