September 15, 2010


I think I can safely say I'm addicted to challenges. ddgbd loveI think it's the listmaker in me who loves setting goals and feels a rush of success when I get to cross them off the list.

I'm in love with DDGbD and I totally look forward to working on my goals every week - not to mention taking a lovely new picture and writing out some words of wisdom to keep me on the right path! I tape all my signs to a poster board in my office so I can see them, stay focused, and feel gorgeous.

And I'm having the greatest time training for my stairathon. I started at five floors (or ten flights), which was unbelievably hard - hard on my lungs, hard on my legs. But with each day's practice, I felt better. And then I stepped it up to seven for a few days. And today was the first day of nine floors (or eighteen flights). The first day I felt awful and got winded after three floors - then it took five - now it takes seven, and when I stop, I've noticed that I can already catch my breath faster than a week and a half ago when I started. It's incredible to honestly feel like I can do this!

I haven't watched a movie in weeks. The Netflix Wii disc is collecting dust, while the Wii Fit Plus disc and Balance Board get used for at least an hour every night. I love doing the basic step aerobics. I love running. And I *really* love boxing! I think, above all, what I really love is this new, active me.

So with that, I'd like to announce an October challenge I am doing. I decided on doing this challenge with only myself in mind, but if others would like to participate, you're more than welcome!

VoilĂ , my unimpressive Microsoft Paint skills:

the power of ten
It's a month long challenge. Basically, in the tenth month (October) of the tenth year (2010), I want to walk 10,000 steps a day. It averages out to about five miles. I'm going to get a pedometer and do a few tests toward the end of September to see how I need to adjust, and hopefully by the end of October it's no longer a challenge, but a habit that I keep up!

When I was an undergrad, all freshmen had to take a Fitness and Wellness course, and the teacher made us sign up for a website called "10k a Day." We all got pedometers and at the end of the month, we had to have logged 310,000 steps. Having something there telling you numerically how active you are is really an eye-opener. Most of the other freshmen in the dorm would sit at their desks or in the cafeteria shaking their pedometers to log the steps - I put in an honest effort, and on days when I went to the gym, I could easily log 18,000 steps a day. But on weekends when I would go home, watch TV, and lay around the house, I'd only get around 2000. At the end of the month, I had about 97% of the steps.

I was upset that I hadn't met the goal, but I felt a lot better about it than if I had sat there shaking it like the other kids. This time, though - between the stairathon, a few other tricks I have up my sleeve for October, and this amazing sense of you-can-do-it-ness (it's a word if I say it is!) - I know I'm gonna make it!

10k a day


Jessica said...

I would love to do this with you :)

Anonymous said...

Count me in. I love contests. So it starts when? October 1st and ends October 31st? Fill me in.

BTW, I'm Shannon and I came across your blog after reading a comment you posted on someone else's blog. I clicked your profile and here I am.

I also have a blog (who doesn't huh?).

Katie Warren said...

May I ask what a stairathon is? I am intrigued!

Mary said...

Katie - the stairathon is a stair race I am doing to coincide with the Chicago Marathon on 10/10/10. I can't do 26.2 miles yet, so I'm going to try and do 26 floors (52 flights) of stairs!

Retta said...

Wow, I loved hearing about the progress on your stairathon.

And what a great "word"...
you-can-do-it-ness. I vote it be put into the dictionary!! LOL!


Jessica said...

Are you going to take the elevator down after climbing the stairs? I was thinking about my own stairathon but don't have access to a building with that many floors. I was just going to go up the stairs at the library, but not sure if up and down should count as just one set.

Mary said...

Jessica - That sounds awesome! Definitely take pictures if you do!!! I'm gonna do the stairs all the way up, and if I feel alright afterwards, I might walk down them too. I remember walking up the stairs of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, hating life the entire way - about 250 spiral stairs, so you're exhausted AND dizzy! But walking down wasn't nearly as bad. So I would say, count the way you feel the most comfortable counting! Up or down stairs, you're still moving, and any exercise is good exercise!