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My new best friend

Posted January 25th, 2010 by lougeel

It’s been a strange week for me — on the one hand it’s been very difficult and yet much easier than last week.

Getting moving, walking, was an important part of this past week’s challenge and I’m by nature a sedentary grump.  Make me get up and exercise whether it be pilates orcalesthetics or even walking and I grouch, grumble under my breath, look for excuses no matter how bizarre they may be.

So this week I participated in the Beaver Strides challenge.  I wore a pedometer and tracked how many steps I took throughout each day (from the moment I woke up until the moment I get into bed — wanted credit for every single step taken <G>).  Day one I logged fewer than 1000 steps — 804 to be exact.  Now, even allowing for the fact that my pedometer hated me and only clicked for every second or third step, that’s a shameful showing.  But I did better every day, even logging 12, 392 steps on Saturday after a 4 mile walk.  My total for the week:  33202 steps!!  And all because I found myself betting against the little clicking tracker I wore on my waistband.  Just one more step.  And one more.  And one more.

I love instant feedback.  It’s obvious that it works for me.  To the point where I think I’ll continue to wear the pedometer at least for the duration of the challenge.  Someday perhaps I’ll be motivated to walk or exercise just because it makes me feel better or just because I know it’s improving my future quality of life.  But for now, it’s pedometer all the way. <G>

Abbe Lougee

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One Response to “My new best friend”

  1. V Says:

    I’m the same way – I started getting competitive with myself, trying to out do the previous day. Glad you’ve found something that works. And I love to go for long walks – we should go sometime!