I think I can safely say I'm addicted to challenges. I 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!
Voilà, my unimpressive Microsoft Paint skills:
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!