Happy Wednesday

Well it’s 3 days into February and I have put up a few good days of numbers. 12,900, 9,900, and 13,600 today. As I get closer to starting my new work next week I wonder how my daily step count may change. Hopefully it will go up and I will not need to be walking a mile on lunch like I currently have to do.

As always thanks for reading. Please share and re-tweet.

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Change…

2016 is certainly becoming a year of change. First this challenge to myself and all the steps I am taking and now also changing jobs.

Before I get into some thought though I want to acknowledge my first official followers on WordPress. So Thank you to Tony and Joelle for following me. I ask people that read my posts from Facebook or Twitter to also check out some of their great posts.

http://www.tonyscoastalwalk.co.uk               www.walkwithjoelle.com

I think this quote that is in the first picture is probably the way that I felt when I initially decided to do this challenge. 6 weeks ago I was at the point in my life where my depressive demons were certainly pushing me. Also the depression over what I had gone through with surgery and now not loosing weight was very heavy on my mind. I might not be seeing the weight loss but I am certainly seeing the change in my overall activity level. If you told me 4 months ago that I would be walking nearly 4 miles every day as exercise I might have told you that you were crazy and thinking of the wrong man.

I might have also thought you were crazy if you said that I would be leaving a job that I have been at for 13 + years. But I am….After 13 + years 33 % of my entire life to date I have worked for the same mental health agency in West Seneca NY. Now I only have 5 days left before starting over fresh in another area of Occupational Therapy. This area I have not been involved in since my first professional job as an Occupational Therapist back in 2000-2001. Needless to say the butterflies and thoughts race through my head daily. But as they say change is inevitable……

02-12-15-embrace-change

 

Weekly update / Followers..

Well looking back over the last couple of weeks I would say I am doing about 50% with my challenge. Some of you whom are reading might say that is very low considering all the steps I have taken. But part of what I set out to do with this challenge and blog was to… “blog and gain some followers and possibly help other people”. So far I am failing on the regular blogging and getting followers. My posts have been erratic and some might say lack quality.

So coming up on the final week of January, I have three goals this week. #1 is to end the month strong to ensure I get my average step count up closer to 11,000 per day. (I am only at 9,700 average) #2 is to try and spend more time trying to gain followers. #3 is to do at least 3 quality posts during the week.

So for those whom like numbers here are my step counts..

Total Steps to date – 233,552    Average steps 9,731        3.89% of Challenge complete

1/1/2016 9,821
1/2/2016 12,875
1/3/2016 9,201
1/4/2016 12,574
1/5/2016 10,354
1/6/2016 8,898
1/7/2016 12,029
1/8/2016 7,650
1/9/2016 8,862
1/10/2016 2,704
1/11/2016 6,067
1/12/2016 13,934
1/13/2016 12,574
1/14/2016 13,046
1/15/2016 11,245
1/16/2016 11,290
1/17/2016 3,962
1/18/2016 3,151
1/19/2016 12,601
1/20/2016 11,405
1/21/2016 10,277
1/22/2016 11,338
1/23/2016 7,694
1/24/2016  10,000+… day not over yet..

As always thanks for reading… Rob

Determination..

Despite having a bad weekend of walking, I have had DETERMINATION. This picture was determination yesterday when I walked 2 miles in lake effect snow. I actually walked in the snow earlier in the day for a mile then this picture later at 8pm.

I have rebounded nicely from the weekend low step counts to put up three 12,000+ step days. Determination is something that at times might waver but true determination will conquer. Although I am only 14 days into this challenge I believe in my determination and believe I can succeed. Determination has also helped me loose 7 lbs in the first 13 days of the year.

What do you need more DETERMINATION to do?? Think about it, I would love to hear your comments..

Rob

Happy Thursday…

OOPS.. Forgot to post the other day.Overall have been good. With being back to work and trying to get in steps I have forgot about posting. As you can see from the picture I have been doing OK with getting in steps and trying to get my daily average to about 11,000 steps during the month of January.

One thing that is becoming more and more apparent is that I will have to really work on getting my steps up into the 20,000 step range for the summer so that I can make up the ground I am loosing right now and next fall into winter. Currently it is taking walking during my lunch and at least an hour at night to get to the 9-10,000 step range. This means that by summer I will need to be walking about 2-3 hrs out of my day!!!

Nothing else interesting really to say today… Hope everyone is having a good first week of 2016… 7 days in 359 days to go.

Thanks for reading Rob.

 

Baby it’s Cold Outside

First day back to work…Ugh. Hey it is also freezing outside!! Yesterday’s step count wasn’t bad at 9,201. Today though with this cold and being back to work getting steps means going to the gym. With work and even a quick lunchtime walk my step count is only 4,000 steps. World Gym here I come…One treadmill, 60 min, 3 to 3.5 mph please.

Random Thoughts / Step Count

Is I stated last night, yesterday was a difficult day to get in steps. Today, I feel similar but have done better. One of my biggest barriers to success with this challenge will be progressively increasing my step count and keeping it at a higher level.

Yesterdays final step count was 8,515… This makes me proud that I have at least been able to meet my goal of 7,500 a day this week. Today makes three days in a row with 7,500+ steps. Today will probably end up 10,000+. Hooray!!

For those wondering how I will am planning to add so many extra steps to my life. The answer is lots of Munzee, Geocaching, and Flagstack. For people whom are unfamiliar with these activities they are all GPS based games that are played worldwide. All of these I have been doing off and on throughout the year. Recently much more Munzee then anything else.

Well that’s all for today… I have been doing some other reading on ways to increase steps in your day and plan to publish some links / tips this weekend.

Thanks for Reading.. Rob

Unable to sleep…

I didn’t get the time to do a true post today. Now it’s midnight and I can’t sleep and have a million things going through my head. Today was a  tough day to get my steps done. It was a cold day and went to the movie with my son. I ended up having to go to the gym and spend 45 minutes on the treadmill to come close to getting some minimal 7500 step count. This first month of this challenge is going to be the worst trying to get my body to step up to doing this much walking.