Workout Wednesday: November 20

Exercising with Good Housekeeping by Kevin Dooley via Flickr

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!

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    • the craziest thing I’ve ever done tone to win a prize? I was in a watermelon eating contest. I didn’t the BIKE!- this boy won it by biting chunks out his wedge and letting them fall on the ground.. What’s funny/not funny is he broke his arm the next day on the bike he cheated to win. Hey, they said free bike, no ever said anything about BRAKES!


        Hi Lee,

        I am a firm believer in the truth of the saying “live by the sword, die by the sword” and it sounds like the boy who cheated to win got exactly what he deserved. Thanks for sharing the story!


  • Oh, yes, I once entered a similar contest at work – and won! I admit, I felt a bit guilty, as I was already in the habit of exercising – and the contest was meant to inspire those who weren’t exercising.

    BTW, I’ve been reading your blog for I-can’t-count-how-many-years. During that time I’ve picked up & dropped many others, but yours endures. I’ve worried during your down times and wished so much that you’d find your way. And I’m so happy about the changes you’ve made this year!


      Hi Susan,

      I did feel just a weensy bit bad about winning the contest given that I’ve been active anyway, but it wasn’t a “winner takes all” thing and everyone who increased their step count by 7,000 steps for the week also won, so I’m taking my 250 points and little electronic badge.

      Thank you so much for the kind words and for reading here for such a long time! I know I’ve lost most of the folks who used to read here through my long periods of silence combined with an almost total lack of forward progress, so thank you also for sticking with me. Not sure what I’ll write about if I manage to get to maintenance but we’ll figure that out when/if I get there.


      • Hi Denise,
        I’ve no doubt that when you reach maintenance, you’ll write about new discoveries, whatever they may be. You’ll find other passions to share with the world!


          Hi Susan,

          I’ve been giving it some thought, actually, and I might have an interesting thing or two to share with the world in 2014. 🙂

          Thanks for the visit and your support!