This week was a strange one for me, activity-wise. Our walking program at work kicked off a challenge that required participants to increase their step count by 7,000 from their prior week’s total. That’s only 1,000 more steps a day, so not too bad. For me, though, I’d just kicked off a pretty serious increase in my walking so my base level was already higher than my normal and adding 7,000 more steps was no easy feat. (Prior week’s step count was ~130,000 and my goal for the past week was therefore ~137,000.) It felt as though I was constantly walking or figuring out how to get more steps in during the day. I had a flare up of Plantar Fasciitis midway through the week, too, so the temptation to bag it was strong, but I didn’t – I persevered and succeeded. (And am a little sore but not in an incapacitating way, to be honest.)
Oh, and what was the prize for all of that effort? Two hundred fifty points in a yearly contest that I am trying to win where I earn ~100 points a day and I need 36,000 points in a fiscal year (August 1-July 31), so 250 points is the equivalent of a day and a half of being able to slack off. Slacking off is a good thing, people, and I never appreciated that enough until I started working out every blessed day!
What did I do this week?
Wednesday – 2.4 mile walk on the treadmill, 30 minutes/11 miles on the stationary bike, plus 4 laps on the walking path at work (21,459 steps)
Thursday – 3.1 mile walk around the neighborhood plus 2 laps on the walking path at work (20,224 steps)
Friday – 3.2 mile walk in the neighborhood (19,910 steps)
Saturday – 2.7 mile walk in the neighborhood plus 45 minute walk on the treadmill (23,387 steps)
Sunday – 3.75 mile walk in the neighborhood, 3 laps around local shopping mall, plus Pilates Reformer class (19,686 steps)
Monday – 2.72 mile walk in the neighborhood plus 3 laps on the walking path at work (18,332 steps)
Tuesday – 2.64 mile walk in the neighborhood plus 4 laps on the walking path at work (18959 steps)
For the audience participation portion of our program, tell me about the craziest thing you’ve ever done to win a prize. Please, someone tell me they’re as crazy-competitive as I am!