Good morning, friends!
Happy February! It’s hard to believe we’re already this far into the new year!
There are now officially 10 days left in the 1,000 Extra Steps Challenge (it ends on February 12th), so I hope you’re all still keeping at it and that you plan to finish strong!
At the end, I’d really like to get a tally of everyone’s total step count and the weight loss they experienced throughout the 31-day challenge. I think we’ll all probably be pleasantly surprised by the miles we’ve collectively racked up and the pounds we’ve collectively shed. So please do share your numbers with me as we near the end — I’m super interested to know how we’ve all done!
I made my 5K a day goal this past weekend, but not without some difficulty. I’ve been feeling overly fatigued for the past couple of days. I’m not sure if the stress of the new school semester is getting to me already or what, but I’m seriously exhausted. I’m currently researching and writing an undergraduate Latin honors thesis while also taking 3 other courses, and that combined with everything else — including my weight loss and fitness journey — has me stretched a little thin, which doesn’t exactly bode well since we’re only 3 weeks into the semester… Yikes!
But oh well! I’m close to the finish line. My diploma will be in my hands soon enough! 🙂
I know I’ve said this several times already in numerous blogs, but the 1,000 Extra Steps Challenge has been so helpful to me these past couple of weeks. I’ve genuinely been making an effort to be active every single day, and just the idea of the challenge has made me very conscious of my daily activity. Now I always seem to be looking for ways to add extra movement into my day!
I never thought I’d be one of those people, but here I am! 😉
So that brings me to my next point…
How do all of you feel about the challenge? Has it helped you and made you more aware of what you’re doing during the day? And, more importantly, is it something you’d like to continue doing?
I would really, really love to continue with this. If all/some of you are willing, we can just continue right along as we have been without changing much of anything. My one suggestion would be that we make a slight goal adjustment for month two — just a slight increase that you’re comfortable with.
My goal for this first leg of the challenge, as you all know, was to hit a minimum of 5K a day. On most days, I’ve managed to get anywhere from 6K — 6.2K steps in every day, but there are still some days that I really struggle to hit that 5K. Because of that, I think I’m going to set my new target to 6.5K a day. If, after doing that for about a week, it seems like it’s too little of an increase, then I’ll adjust it accordingly, but that’s where I’m planning to start out.
Once again, this first leg of the challenge ends on Thursday, February 12, 2015.
If anyone is interested in continuing on and doing this for another month, then here’s what I suggest: after the first leg of the challenge comes to an end, let’s take a couple of days off, and then let’s start back up on Monday, February 16, 2015 and continue on until Monday, March 16, 2015.
That’s the day before St. Paddy’s day, so maybe we can preemptively walk off a couple of pints of Guinness! 😉
So, whatddya say, folks? Are you up for another round of walking?
For me, the group effort and extra accountability is what makes this idea so successful and achievable for me, so it would be such a big motivator if some of you would be willing to continue on with me!
I seriously love walking and moving more with you guys! You really do make me work a little harder to be a little better! 😉
So if you’re interested, please let me know!
I hope you all have a lovely week.
Eat well. Be well.