I joined this challenge on 3/21/15 the Goal – walk/hike/run 1000 miles between now and winter 9 dollars and half the fee goes to make a wish. If an individual is doing it this means 3.26 (? I’ve forgotten the exact number ) a day. something like 25 miles a week.
some people are doing this as teams so they are able to split the mileage, i am doing this as an individual .
It has been exciting to see people take up the challenge. Long hikes, short walks , and runs of all lengths. but….
There has been a lot of hoopla about ‘intentional’ ( meaning exercise ) vs walking around miles.
here is why I joined:
1) the person who brought it too my attention has been working really had to improve his level of fitness.
2) i have diabetes and the very best thing you can do for diabetes is – move the big muscles.
3) A big goal is a kind of fun . Long term challenges give you room to form habits , and deal with real life events like – getting sick or busy lives or….
So I am counting every step I take. I should reach this goal without any serious problems. 5 days a week – I walk over 3 miles a day. Only two days a week do I have to work on walking. good for me.
If you are a runner,a hiker or distance walker the real challenge might be to do it without counting you walking around steps. good for you. I’d like to be there some day. When I trained for the SGK walk, I might have been there. Not now.
Why I think walking around steps count ( for me ) . There are studies out that suggest no matter how much you work out – sitting for long periods of time is not good for you. As a kid – I read that our bodies are mostly water. As an adult – I knew what happened to water if it sat still too long. Very very gradually I went from being a couch potato to someone who has a hard time sitting still too long . But sometimes I still have to remember to move.
I do have some secret goals — I’d like to get to 1500 miles. and maybe next year not have to count my walking around miles . However, I need to get to 1000 miles first.
so I finished the 30 day squat challenge with a rousing 250 squats yesterday . I did it because – someone suggested it; overall it didn’t look hard and it was a short time. and I was curious – would there be any results in 30 days.
Results: there is a lot more muscle in my thighs. I don’t really know if it is visible, but I can feel it. Also, my lower back is not cranky.
What I learned: most people who spend part of their day on their feet can do 50 squats. I know because I made people try it. So in my completely non-scientific study if you work in a library -I bet you can. However, 250 squats not a good number. The challenge moved too fast for that to be a sane number. I can do 100 good squats. I can’t do 250 good squats. Maybe someday, but I need to work up more slowly.
current plan: 100 squats most days. When I do it in the morning, it works to help wake me up. I’m guessing Thursdays ( late Wednesday nights) and Saturday ( early morning work) will be squat squat days. And I’ll look for something to add.
I have a friend that is a weight loss coach . She is good at it and I have a lot of respect for her and the job she does. Today she asked the question ( to a general audience ) why haven’t you lost weight?
It got me thinking…and I figured it out . It is not lack of knowledge. I’ve been interested in food and nutrition since I was 12 years old. It is not lack of discipline. You don’t train to walk 60 miles without a good level of discipline.
It is a matter of brain space.
Some brain space is always occupied by my health. Two chronic conditions. I’m either trying to manage them so they don’t affect my life or I’m trying to manage the effects they are having on my life. ( go find protein, I need to eat a veggie, did I take my drugs?, go for a walk, if I pull weeds will my asthma kick in )
work brain space. I am only at work for 37.5 hours a week , but like most people who enjoy their work – I spend a lot of time thinking about work. ( that would make a great teen program, I should post about that , what should I put on the FB page today, how long has it been since I reviewed a book)
household management. most of the day-to-day stuff is mine so there are constant list going through my brain . ( need cat food, garbage day, what can we do for dinner tonight)
and most of that is going on in the background. I’m not sure I have enough processor power to add one more background program in my life. ( and I really don’t want to ) It obviously fits in with the health, but it is going up a level. Partly because when I get hungry , zombies have nothing on me.
So , there is today’s answer.
So yesterday I walked down town , twice. This means 3+ to 4 miles of walking. yay! good for me! but that is not what was interesting. It was how I felt. The first walk was , ok. but it was before coffe and food – so not great. the walk home – was hard – due to too much food and too many bruch drinks. The third walk – back downtown, was annoying – too effortful. The walk home – walk number 4 , was Great.
I’ve always known that I get stiff easily. Heck, that is part of why I sweep my floors every morning- it loosens me up. I think I have been moving so little – that it took over three miles to loosen up. The rest in between gave my body a chance to get used to the idea of moving, but they were close enough in time that I didn’t get stiff.
Have you ever heard the ideas – just take the stairs or park further out … well I know why that idea hasn’t woked for me in the past. that isn’t enough to bring me to the next level. I do think I need to get to at least 15 minutes almost every day, but I don’t think that will happen with out a little bit of push. the concept of feeling better after moving is going to take a bit.
And I think that is the key to exercise- or more movement if you will. Not ignoreing you body, but exploring and seeing how you feel. Learing what makes sense for you .
made it to goal two. more exersize , but not enough. So next goal is all exercise . 15 min of biking , walking, gardening 1s 1 point. yes I can earn more than 1 point a day . Goal: 20 pts reward: Avengers DVD
ETA: exercise It sounds like it should have a z
That is where I am now. Last weekend of big walks until THE WALK. I feel like I can do it now ( but no I’m not packed yet ), and I am mentally prepared. It is sort of constantly hovering in my mind. I’m making list in my brain and checking things off. making decisions. Planning all my next steps, so on the day of the walk ( which starts at an hour when I can’t even see yet ) I just have to walk . ( or as al the promo and safety videos say ‘walk and pee’ ) .