Last week my personal challenge was to walk 65,000 steps, or 13,000 steps a day, in five days. I knew this would be hard, but the week before I handily accomplished 60,000 and my confidence was high. Surely, I could sneak in an extra 1,000 steps a day.
Instead, something else snuck up on me. My weekly total was 53,342. This sounds like a lot, and it IS a lot. For me, it was pretty low. On Monday I woke up feeling pretty tired, but I tried to get in my steps and even did a step aerobic workout when I got home (I live by workout videos). Even with this effort, I missed the 13,000 mark by 800 steps. I shrugged it off; the deficit would be made up on Tuesday. The next morning I felt worse– exhausted, kind of swimmy, with a headache that throbbed behind my left eye, and everything I ate or drank tasted like bile. I still went to work, hoping that once I got there I would feel better and knowing my job was to chaperone students on a low-maintenence field trip. I still did not feel better. This followed for the entire week and culminated on Thursday when my left eye felt like it had looked at the sun too long (even though I was indoors) and could not regain its sight. Nothing was getting done; the papers remained ungraded and the steps remained untaken. I went home and walked to the couch. Friday resulted in the same action. I spent most of the weekend recuperating. It wasn’t until Saturday evening that it started to abate, and while I feel much better today, I know that it just went into hiding; I’m not out of the woods.
The good news is that I got in a lot of steps today. I worked out and went for a four-mile walk. My goal this week is back to 60,000. My friend Ginger, who also has a FitBit, challenged me to the Workweek Hustle competition to see who can get the most steps. Hopefully between feeling better and a good dose of friendly competition, I will make it.
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