I feel like I’m in a “stall” mode this week even though I have marked off several things on my list in the last few days. I created this blog to help me accomplish things I felt were important and things I wanted to do. I didn’t create it so that I had another stressor in my life. I don’t seriously see it as a stressor at this point, but some of the things on my September list are challenging me, especially the 10,000 steps for 15 days! I didn’t think it would be that hard to do. Come on, 10,000 steps isn’t that much extra effort. Adding it to my list though has certainly made me aware that I don’t move as much as I thought I did!
So, when we were in D.C. we walked way over 10,000 steps every day. In fact some days we walked over 20,000 steps! Hey, it is a city and that is what you do. But in my regular everyday life I have to plan walks to get in the 10,000 steps. Last night about 8:00 pm, I realized I was at 7,500 steps. We were watching a really interesting bird migration program but because I was so close to 10,000 steps, I thought I would take advantage of it and so I headed out to put on the extra 2,500 steps to get me to 10,000! It was a nice evening last night, but dark by 8:00 so my husband handed me a golf club to take out with me and I took my phone and walked around our neighborhood. About 20 minutes later I had added the steps I needed.
I guess when I really think of it, the purpose of setting goals on my 27 Things list is to reach them and I can tell you without the list, I would not have walked last night. The other thing that I have learned about the 10,000 steps goal is that if I add the steps early in the day it is much easier! For example, I now take the 3 flights of stairs at work to get to my office. That helps a lot. Also, if at break I can take a 10 or 15 minute walk around the downtown area, that adds quite a few steps early in the day. The point is that I have to plan it and work at it to reach the goal. Sometimes I’m sorry I added it to the 27 Things for September, and sometimes I’m glad I added it. Go figure. Regardless, I’ve learned some things having it on my list. I don’t move enough and I need to move more. I have reached 10,000 steps or more eight days this month. I still have seven more days to go to reach my goal and cross off #21 on my list. I’m going to do it but it will take an effort. Keep on moving!!