I hesitate to write this as my first “real” post as this isn’t a site about weight loss or me losing weight or anything about weight at all. But, it is something that I’v been thinking about lately and so I thought that if I blogged about it, it might make me follow through.
A month or so ago I started to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. Shortly after I started, my girl Susan passed on to me some old copies of People Magazine. In one of them was a story about Valerie Bertinelli http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20267734,00.html who made walking 10,000 steps a day part of her exercise program. Doing that along with 100 sit-ups, tricep curls and bicep curls enabled her to lose 40 lbs in a year. WOW, I think I can do these things, right?
Walking 10,000 steps a day sounds easy, but when I first started, it was a rare day that I hit 4,000 steps. I had to do other things, take walks, walk in circles inside my house (who hasn’t done this at least in their head a few times?) and make choices to move instead of sitting. When I go to the playground, I’m now this bizarre lady who doesn’t sit and watch her kids play, instead I walk around and around the parameter of the play sets clocking up steps along the way.
I’ve found that to make it to 10,000 without much thought requires me to schedule at least one walk of about 45 minutes each day. For me, this normally means that I have to get up at 5:45 am (I’m groaning right there with you!) in order to get a 45 minute walk in before Patrick leaves for work. After I convince myself that I really do need to get up and I really do need to walk, I have been really enjoying myself. There’s no one out at this time of the day except for the fox I pass most mornings (I’ve been trying to remember my cell phone so that I can get a photo – no luck yet). I listen to my i-pod and use it as a time of thoughtful contemplation.
How have I been doing on my quest for steps? Here’s a look at the last 7 days:
9357, 12505, 5327 (Huh? That’s not right!), 12413, 11054, 9787, 13001
Overall not too bad. I’d like to work myself up to 15,000 steps a day but don’t honestly know if I can schedule the time needed to do it. I think I’d need another 45-60 minute walk at the end of the day to accomplish this. If I get there, I’ll write about my strategy here.
Okay, so, for the most part, I’ve got the steps down. Now, I have to mentally convince myself that I want to do 100 sit ups each day. I don’t want to do them. I really don’t. How do woman do these every day? I read (again in People, you know it’s what inquiring minds want to know) that Melanie Brown does 600 sit-ups a day and Kelly Monaco does 1,000 each day http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20281914,00.html . That, my friends, is crazy stuff. The one quote that does intrigue me, though, is this from Melanie Brown, “I like how quickly—if you stick to it—you can see results.” Those five words – IF YOU STICK TO IT – sum up so much about our lives, doesn’t it?
So, what’s a woman to do? I have to at least try, right? I’m going to start with 100 sit-ups. And I’m going to do them, whether I want to or not. Then I’m going to add bicep curls and tricep curls. I want to be able to say this “I look at my thighs, and they don’t rub together!” says Kelly Monaco. My WORD! is that even a possibility? I hope so.