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Steppin’ It Up!!

on July 20, 2012

You all have heard me talk about the 60 Day Challenge (here and here) at my beloved barre n9ne. Well, I have a confession. I’ve been half-assing it. There are 4 pieces to the challenge and I’ve only been doing 3 consistently. Eating your number (check, sooo doable!), drinking 64 ounces of water a day (cake!), taking 4 barre classes a week (pie! I live at b9 – just ask my family, they’re rerouting my mail as we speak!), and lastly getting 10,000 steps a day. FAIL. Oh sweet EPIC fail of all fails. Most days I average 4,000 at work and an additional 2,000 outside of work. Some days it’s less if work is meetings X 100. Sometimes it’s more if I run around a lot. Either way I have not been meeting my goal of 10,000. <insert sad face>

That is, until 2 weeks ago. I finally adopted the “put up or shut up” mentality in my head. This means JUST DOING IT every day. Or as my pal Rach says: It’s Not Optional!

Then I saw this on Facebook and I felt like it was no coincidence that STEP was the theme:

If I want to eventually complete a 5K I need to start somewhere. That somewhere is in getting my 10,000 steps a day. Hell even Jessica Simpson does it! Just like when I wanted to get healthy I had to take baby steps away from my bad habits. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t pretty. But ya know what? It’s been really worth it and suddenly things I never thought I could do seem totally within reason.

Oh you might be thinking “But Samantha – what happened to your walking club at work? Weren’t you doing your steps then?!“. Welllll I was – sorta. So the group that sponsors this challenge counted aerobic exercise as 200 steps a minute and pilates as 100 steps a minute. Therefore my barre classes counted anywhere from 11,4000 steps to 5,700. Cheating, total cheating! Especially since I have been wearing my Fitbit to class (I like seeing how many calories I burn!) and I am only averaging 500 steps in class. Eleven thousand my ass.

So as of last Monday I am officially committed to getting my steps in come hell or high water. This might mean walking in circles around the house – or literally pacing in my living room late at night – but I don’t care. I am sleeping better, my legs literally look thinner (maybe it’s in my head…but that’s OK) and I FEEL better. That alone is enough motivation to keep pushing me. 10,000 a day or bust! (Tanya I can see you shaking your head emphatically and saying YES – sorry I didn’t do this sooner!). I was telling my friend Amanda this yesterday in legs class and she agreed – it’s not always easyย  but it just feels so good getting it done! BTW look for a post about Amanda soon – that girl is a serious inspiration to me!

Funny story – the other night I accidentally set my Fitbit to some stupid egg timer mode and it stopped counting steps. I knew the last time I had looked I was at 4400 so I busted out my old school pedometer and walked another 5500. BAM! I also started snapping a picture on my phone as proof to myself I did it. I won’t bore you with 14 pictures – but here’s a sample! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh and peep my cute new shoes – love me some New Balance! Right now they are indoor only so I can save them cardio class @ b9!

Speaking of I am really excited to take a cardio class- but I keep getting derailed! Last Sunday? Pager. This Wednesday? Dentist. Next Wednesday? Chicago trip. The following Wednesday? NY trip! Boo. I promise, I will get there. Hopefully Sunday August 6th….unless I end up in LA. LOL!

If you’re looking to get healthy take my advice, grab a 10$ pedometer and track your steps. You might be amazed to see how little (or how much!) you walk. My BFF lives in NYC and she cane get 10,000 a day just at her job and nearly another 10,000 walking to and from work!

So, I challenge you dear readers – step it up and join me! Happy Friday!

 

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9 responses to “Steppin’ It Up!!

  1. Lela says:

    Hi there ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s been really hot where I live and I find that walking is a pretty good workout. You don’t need any equipment and you can do it at home ๐Ÿ™‚ Buying a pedometer is a really good idea! I’d love to know how many steps I take in a day…Probably not enough ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway, I enjoy your posts!

    good luck with your exercise ๐Ÿ™‚
    –Lela

  2. Memie says:

    My steps average per day and the one thing I hate about it, is that my pedometer for some reason once i sit down erases all of my previous steps. Damn so I am getting a new one next one next week. Thanks for posting.

  3. Sharon says:

    I’m so curious about this fitbit. May get one in the near future, once I’m all settled on the west coast. Keep going at it Samantha! “You can do it” (Arnold Swartzenegger voice)

  4. jobo says:

    I love this – get those 10K steps no matter what. Glad to see your renewed focus on the steps and as always, your b9 love!! Keep it uuuup!

  5. Jess Sutera says:

    YEAH!! put up or shut up is right! you got this! you just posted it all for us to see and to remind you about so now you’re extra super-duper accountable, right?? you can dooo it!! you’re already doing it and feeling better each step you take, right? Just remember that feeling and keep at it. You’re doing great!

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