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!

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.



13 thoughts on “Continuation.

  1. You’re doing so well! I totally understand the school schedule! It’s tough but you’ve got this! As soon as I get my tax money back, I’m heading out for a fitbit so I will be joining you in March! I can’t wait!

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    1. Thanks so much!

      I know that you definitely understand! It’s tough sometimes, but it’ll be worth it! 🙂

      I’m sorry I’ve been slacking on my blog commenting, too. I’ve missed several of your updates! I’m going to catch up on all that tomorrow! ❤

      And yay! I'm stoked for you to get a Fitbit! I'll keep this going for as long as possible. It's doing great things for me + hopefully for everyone else, too!


  2. Okay , because I am old and got wounded in action, I took a week off . But for an old lady , hey I survived.
    I am going for torture 3 X a week until he gets through losening up my old crickety bones. Ha ha!
    Presently I am walking in circles inside the house to make 5000 today. I am starting over. Yes I want to do this again.
    My goal for the grandma in the group is to reach the finish line with 5k daily. I am not overdoing it again. Just too old. Ha ha !
    My previous DIL said I’m the best looking old lady she knows. Ha ha ! Now just to get stronger – — maybe save up pennies from social security for a face lift
    Ha ha, not really – uh maybe-uh no- hmm- maybe. Fooey- since I lost weight my cheeks caved in – the wrinkles look like plaids- where’s my preperation H.? Maybe that’ll work to draw in those wrinkles.
    Sorry Rachel- looks like I writing on your blog .
    Latin thesis? Explain that to all us one day.
    Wow! Girl proud of ya!

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    1. Yay! I’m so glad that you want to keep at this with me! 5K a day is GREAT! Honestly, like I said in my post, it’s hard for me to hit that number some days! I definitely don’t want anyone to overdo it! Just do what feels right! 🙂

      And I think everyone has things they don’t exactly love about themselves after weight loss! I’ve been super worried about loose skin lately. I had a long chat with one of the staff members at my WW meeting about her experience with loose skin after losing 100 lbs. She said her stomach was so badly stretched out afterwards that she did, indeed, eventually end up getting plastic surgery to fix it. She said they removed about 3 lbs. of excess skin.

      I have never been the sort of girl that’s been fixated too much on my outward appearance — I’ve never considered plastic surgery! In fact, I’ve always kind of been personally against it (for me) + had hoped to just age gracefully. Now, though, I’m worried! I think my skin is probably going to be awful once everything is said + done + I’m coming to terms with the fact that somewhere down the line I probably will want to have some things fixed… But I’ll deal with that later. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself!

      + I’m writing an undergraduate thesis so that I can be awarded Latin honors at my college graduation. Once I complete my thesis — as long as it’s of high quality, that is — it’ll say either cum laude (with honor), magna cum laude (with great honor), or summa cum laude (with highest honor) on my diploma. At some colleges, they just grant you the honor based upon your overall GPA, but at the university that I attend, you have to meet several requirements (GPAs, course diversity, etc.) + then you are invited to apply for an independent study underneath the PhD-holding professor of your choosing. With that professor, you then research a specific topic in great detail for one semester + then you write a ~30 page thesis detailing your findings + providing a thorough analysis of your research. Once the paper is written, you must then provide bound copies of it to a panel of professors within your department (mine is English) + then you give a one-hour oral defense of the paper. After that, the panel will be given a small window of private time to discuss everything amongst themselves, + then they will call me back in + let me know what honors — if any — I’ve been awarded.

      I have spent my college career studying English writing — mostly the professional side of things (Business Writing, Technical Writing, Magazine Writing, Proposal + Grant Writing, Argumentation, etc.) with a slight emphasis on rhetoric. However, during my studies, I was forced to take a Language Theory course in order to fulfill a specific requirement. I quickly fell in love with theory, + I took a particular liking to the subcategory of language acquisition — more so than any other area of writing or language I’d ever studied. After a lot of consideration, I decided that I wanted to go to graduate school + get my Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology, + I thought that a good stepping stone for that would be to graduate with honors + write my thesis about something I really loved + hope to further study in grad school: the language acquisition of deaf + hard of hearing children.

      So that’s what I’m devoting a great deal of my time to right now! 😀

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      1. Dear sweet Rachael,
        I do want to stay in this group. It is so encouraging. I am so proud of all of y’all. For now my goal is 5k, not because of a group, but because I do want to.
        As to how you will look after weight loss, I think you will be just as beautiful as you are now, only more so. I would also think that since you are so young your skin will just shrink to the shape you are because your skin still has elasticity due to being young. How old is that leader, probably not 22. I was told that if you lose weight slowly the skin will shrink just as your body shrinks. My problem is I waited 41 years to believe it is possible. I guess God increased my faith.
        I don’t recall seeing a picture of you but I have read your words and they say you’re beautiful.
        I am amazed at what you’re working on. I’m overwhelmed. Wow! I know you will succeed with top honors.
        Let us know when you have to give oral presentation so we can pray for you.
        I apologize for being so flippant trying to be funny.
        Thank you for sharing with all of us – you, who you are, your dreams, & your beauty.
        I know your parents are awesomely proud of you. I am. You go girl- you go.


  3. You are doing such a great job. Rachael! And You are inspiring so many other. Well done!

    Next Thursday I will post my final update on your 1,000 step challenge, and send you my pertinent numbers (the weight part will be sent on Friday morning when I weigh-in).

    I am also coming to the end of my Daytona 500km challenge (it ends on 22-Feb). I want to keep going on that as well, so I am not yet sure what I will do. Most likely I am going to switch my focus to the muscles above my waist for March and April, but I will be walking too.

    That is a long winded way to say, I think I am in for your challenge. I will let you know for sure by the time it starts!

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    1. Thank you so much, Bobby! You’re a huge inspiration to me, so it means a lot that you think I’m inspiring to others, too! 😀

      + Yay! I really hope you do decide to continue walking with me! It’s been such a great experience these past couple of weeks! I think we’ve probably racked up a crazy amount of miles between all of us… It’ll be fun to see it laid out there!

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  4. Rach, I am loving reading your blog and learning more about your story. I have lost about 45 pounds, so your story about the 6-year-old really hits home for me and is making me smile on this otherwise stressful day!

    You are seriously doing so well, and I just love your positive attitude!

    Can’t wait for the step challenge! I will definitely be participating!

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