Sep 17, 2013

No news

Halfway through September and I am doing well with my step challenge (450,000 steps for September). By September15, I should have had 225,000 steps and I actually have 240,376 so I’m about one day ahead of my schedule. I’m good with that. Most days I do a bit more than the 15,000/day  I need to meet the challenge and I’ve had two days where I fell a little short due to not feeling well and just being exhausted in general.



Speaking of that, in general I am feeling well. I still have days when I am tired and need more sleep or rest, but there hasn’t been another flare-up since the last one in August.  I am keeping busy with work, walking, reading and the never ending housework and laundry. It feels like that’s all I can fit into my life right now.

I did another 5k walk last weekend, the Bang and Olufsen (B&O) 5k and had so much fun, as usual. I also did 45 second jogs 4 times during the race and I felt ok. It wasn’t my lungs or breathing that was the problem but the heaviness in my legs, but hopefully if I keep at it, I’ll be able to jog for longer and longer.  Because of the little bouts of jogging, I had a really good time (for mostly walking) 50:51. There are some pics up at my events page.

This coming Saturday – September 21, I am doing another 5k walk  along the same route that I did the Toronto Women’s 5k a few weeks ago so it will be interesting to see if I can beat my time of 52:54.

There’s really not much going on in my life and I’m sorry this post is a little boring…but sometimes NO news is GOOD news!

Sep 3, 2013

Step by Step

August flew by!

I was busy with still adjusting to work, social stuff and family stuff. It was a good month.

Remember I got a new FitBit from my workplace at the end of July and committed to wearing it every day? I set myself a goal for August to hit 400,000 steps (that’s an average of 13,000/steps per day for all 31 days) and I did it! I ended on August 31st with 401,620 steps. I am very pleased with this achievement as I’ve always had the “all or nothing” approach to exercise and activity. I like that I don’t need to spend an hour walking all at once (although sometimes I do) for it to count, I like that all steps count and add up to my daily total. It is very motivating to see that number go up and up and all day long!

The scale is also going down again on a regular basis and I am sure the hour plus of walking every single day is helping that along.

I did have three days of a fibromyalgia flare up where I didn’t get any steps except hobbling around the apartment, so the fact that I still achieved my goal means a lot to me. The flare up upset me because I had been feeling so much better for so long and it came on so suddenly that I was worried I had completely relapsed, but I now understand that this may happen from time to time and I can try and recognize triggers for the future. In this instance, I think I was just overtired and had tried to do too much, physically, in the days leading up to the flare up, so I’m trying to listen to my body more and rest when I need to.

My goal for September is 450,000 steps. That’s an average of 15,000 per day for 30 days. I have completed two days and a little ahead of myself.

On a workday, it was not too difficult to get the 13,000 steps as I walk between my office and the train station twice a day (20 minutes each way) and then go for a 30 minute walk at lunch. It’s the weekends, when I have to make a conscious effort to get out and walk that was the challenge but I just told myself that it was not an option and I went out and did it even when I really, really, really didn’t feel like it. Most days I would end up walking more than I set out to – it’s that first step that is always the hardest! 15,000 steps will be a bit more challenging, but it is doable as many days in August I surpassed that or came very close to it.

I also did a 5k event in August. The Toronto 5k Women’s Run. You can read the recap here. It was a lot of fun and I set a new recorded PR for walking 5k. My next event is the Bang & Olufsen 5k on September 8 which I will also be walking. I don’t have anything planned for October or November yet.

I am feeling better physically and mentally than I have since the end of last year and although I still have quite a few changes to make in my life in the second half of 2013, I think I am heading in the right direction.