Thursday, August 5, 2010


So, in case you were wondering, I'm counting steps. I bought myself a little pedometer, and I have a couple of goals. My ultimate goal is to reach 500,000 steps. This will earn me a new piece of jewelry. My standard for every day is 5,000 steps. My goal is 10,000 every day. I usually make that goal twice a week when I go walking with a friend.

So far, it's helped. I know it's not burning mega calories or anything, but I feel more fit, it keeps me moving more than usual, and Ryan often goes with me to the park in the evening to finish up whatever I'm missing. I've heard that, in order to be healthy, we're supposed to get 10,000 steps per day. That's kinda tough for a stay-at-home mom, really. Yes, you're moving all day, but you're also having to be down at the kid's level, and most of my activity is mental rather than physical. I have to make a conscious effort to get my 5,000 steps every day. If I don't, I frequently end up with only a thousand or so. It's amazing, really, given how much I do in a day, that I'm just not getting that much exercise. Hence, the pedometer helps. I'll probably use it at various times throughout my life.


  1. Good idea! I love walking with a pedometer, especially since the streets here don't measure even blocks. They're just little windy twist every which way things--plus detours in the park, etc.

    Keep in mind that the things you do all day are exercise, but they may not be cardio. Lift a load of laundry or your baby--notice the word lift in there. Stretch to reach something in your kitchen, bend to pet the get the idea.

    Love you!

  2. By the way--love your tickers! I've got them too!

  3. I know! I got the ticker idea from you, actually, and I love them! They give me that much more motivation every single day! It's awesome!

    Thanks for the ideas with the exercise, too. And by the way, I'm totally jealous of your winding streets. What a fun way to go walking!