Frankly Cindy

5000 Step Challenge

What is it that holds us back from achieving our goals?  I am my own biggest challenge.   I find it hard to stay motivated.  I am easily distracted.  Perfect example, I started this post over a month ago.  Sad but true.   Blogging is new to me and I am not the most technical person on the planet.  What seems simple to me gets complicated , I get frustrated and then bam.  A month or two or more flies by.

The same goes for keeping up an exercise regime.   As we age one of the most important things we can do for ourselves is exercise.   You know the motto, “Use it or Lose it”.  I use it but clearly not enough because I am still losing it.  It’s an endless battle.  So what can I do to keep myself motivated?

One of my favorite exercises is walking.  It’s easy. Right?  You would think.  On our recent  trip to Hawaii, I found I simply had to step outside and I was motivated.  Warm air, cool breezes, sea, sand and whales jumping.  Paradise.


I walked every day with ease.  I swore when I got home I would keep it up.   No matter what.  Then we got home and it was cold and rainy.  Motivation gone.  I had to do something to get re-inspired.  I needed a challenge.  I signed up for a free website,  I love it.   My favorite feature right now is that I can join “steps” challenges and easily sync my fitbit to the site.   I first recorded the number of steps I was  walking for a few days to see where my norm was.   Considering the ultimate goal is 10,ooo steps a day,  my norm was pretty dismal.   I started my first challenge at 5000 steps a day.  Pretty easy to do with very little effort.    I started taking my dogs on a daily hike on the Woodlands Trail system we are so lucky to have here. There are so many trails.  You can do easy, hard, long short.  Mix it up.


The more we went, the easier it got. We have gotten several “routes” we take depending on time and energy level. I still fight myself…we start hiking and this hurts or that’s sore and alter ego starts trying to talk me into shorter walks but most times I win. I average between 7000 to 9000 steps daily now. My best day’s are when I am walking along and I get that wonderful fitbit buzz, that makes me jump every time, telling me mission accomplished. 10000 steps!

My first franklycindy challenge to you is start tracking your steps. The goal 5000 steps a day. Share your accomplishments. Get motivated!


9 Responses to “5000 Step Challenge”

  1. Cindy May 21, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Well Judy…it took me this long to figure out to reply to you LOL. The others just showed up. I just got the iPhone 6 so I’m going to check that out. Thanks for the tip!!

  2. Judy Gambee May 20, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Boy do I know that feeling wrt to both blogging and exercise! I’m doing better in the exercise at the moment. Love the Health app that came with my iPhone 6 – helps me stay motivated to see the steps I’ve walked, I guess like the Fitbit. I walk with two other ladies up McAndrews – we try to walk every day (M-F). Always happy to have others join us if you would like!! Thanks for the extra push of inspiration today!!

  3. Sarah Lee May 19, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Great post! I can totally relate. Thanks for the motivation and as always you inspire me!

    • Cindy May 20, 2015 at 6:03 am

      I’m going to be looking for you Sarah!! Great job getting started again!!!

  4. Sandy May 19, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Walked today on the beach and was thinking of YOU! Good job, girl, on all fronts! 🙂

    • Cindy May 20, 2015 at 6:04 am

      So jealous!! Way to go getting out there! Will miss you today at yoga!!

  5. Cindy May 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you Joni. I need to stop worrying about making mistakes…start posting more and learn as I go!!!

  6. Joni Ramer May 19, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Perfectly stated…..We all have our moments of being non motivated, loosing interest quickly and sometimes lacking inspiration but sometimes it takes someone taking that first step of being transparent such as this latest transcription written by franklycindy. Thank you Cindy for being transparent, sharing your “daily walk” in life and letting “we” the viewers know that “together” many things are possible… that of an encourager…. If it helps, I have missed your posts!

    • Cindy May 20, 2015 at 6:05 am

      Joni you are such a great friend and supporter!! Thank you so much!!

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