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.

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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, loseit.com.  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.

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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!

   

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