So, I'm at my goal weight. I'm no longer overweight. What's next? I've started setting mini-goals to keep me on track. This week, it was 100,000 steps.
Sunday: I went Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville and ran for a couple of hours on the Will Skelton Greenway. I was o.k. with everything until I started seeing signs that said something about being shot. Apparently, there's a 300 acre wildlife management area at the end of the greenway. Following that, I met up with Missy Kane and the Covenant Health Marathon Team for a hike at Mead's Quarry. There, Missy told stories about abandoned cars and about a quarry worker that had been died, perhaps even killed at the site causing its closing as a quarry. There's so man cool things to do. In all, I had 23,178 steps.
Monday through Thursday: At work, we started a little bet involving bus duty and steps. Being the competitive person that I am, it forced me to work harder to make sure I kept as active as possible throughout the day.
I started out every morning by walking 1.5 miles on the treadmill. Now, it's not very exciting, but I like showing up at work with 4000 steps already underneath my belt. During the day, I've noticed myself moving all over my classroom. It probably drives my students crazy, but I have to get in my steps. When I'm not helping students, I'm organizing my room. At every day during 7th period, I look forward to my alarm going off to signal me that I've reached 8000 steps. In the evenings, I head out to Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center to work out. I love that place. The staff is great. On Wednesday and Thursday, Chris O'Hearn worked with me to help me get on track with core work and strength training. It may have cost me some steps, but was definitely worth it. Monday: 14,439 steps Tuesday: 17,160 steps Wednesday: 14,993 steps Thursday: 14,409 steps
Friday: These are usually my low days of the week where I struggle to get 10,000 steps. With a little motivation from the bet at work, I managed to fit in 12,699. The last 3,000 steps were with my mom shopping for new clothes for me. I have nothing that fits after losing 68 pounds (43 pounds since joining the Biggest Winner Team in November).
Saturday: Normally, my long runs take care of my steps. When you do 10 plus miles, it's not too hard to get your steps in. This week was different. We had the Covenant Health Kid's Run at the zoo to work. What a great experience to watch kid's race. Well, they didn't exactly get to race because of the snow, but it was still fun. It was more of a walk, but with the thrill of the finish line. Saturday: 13,489 steps.
Goal achieved: 110,367 steps in one week
This week's goal: 1000 minutes of exercise
Here's this week's pictures. I went for a by the month view. In the last month, I've only lost a few pounds. Right now, I'm just trying to maintain my weight while toning things up. That's why you take pictures. It helps you realize that what you are doing is making a big difference, even when the scale only shows a small difference.