This week my goal was to walk 50,890 steps over a period of 7 day, increasing my steps 10% over my baseline. Well, my friends…this was obviously too easy because I surpassed my goal by 3,888 steps! This is great, but it makes me a little nervous for next week. On another note, I have really enjoyed the using the Fitbit Flex for this challenge. It’s a constant reminder to get up and walk as often as I can.
Here are a few easy changes I made to get in extra steps:
Park in the spot furthest away from the door
“Accidentally” forget things in the car, thus forcing myself to walk back and get them
Short walks whenever I could get them in. The weather in Texas is finally starting to get nice – so hopefully outdoor walks can become more regular.
Goal: To walk 10% more steps that the previous week until I am walking 10,000 steps or more everyday.
Week two, I must walk an average of 8,607 steps a day (60,249 for the whole week).
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
I have a tendency to be a little over-ambitious when it comes to things like working out. For some reason, my mind thinks I can go from the couch to running a half-marathon with very minimal training in between…I’m not sure why. This method has never been very successful for me in the past & to be brutally honest, I don’t think I have EVER been able to one mile without stopping to catch my breath. Training usually stops after the first couple of days.
Back in July, I was on a fitness kick again when I purchased a Fitbit Flex – I flexible wristband that tracks your steps through out the day. I didn’t really have any specific plans on how I was going to use it, but it ended up giving me some good information on how active I am throughout the day – which is not very active. On average, I am only walking about 46,000 steps a week…that’s only 6,500 a day! No wonder I can’t run a mile!! Ha!
I have decided to use this little device to my advantage & set small, achievable fitness goals for myself.
Goal One: To walk 10% more steps that the previous week until I am walking 10,000 steps or more everyday.
Week one, I must walk an average of 7,270 steps a day.
My name is Lauren, and I am a coffee addict. I am actually okay with this. I love the aroma & flavor of a fresh cup of black coffee. In the early hours of the morning, there is nothing better than getting my hands on a piping hot cup of joe.
Many mornings I am a slave to the Starbuck drive though next to my house, but there is something truly satisfying about making my morning Americano with my own know-how & two hands. The below recipe makes two 16 oz containers – great for Monday mornings – when I need a double dose!
Earlier this year I did a 30 day smoothie challenge through Young and Raw. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t make it through the whole 30 days, but I did find some awesome recipes that I still continue to enjoy. The Raspberry & Ginger smoothie works for me because I keep most of the ingredients on hand. Also – this recipe is 4 year old & husband approved, which isn’t always the case at my house. 🙂
This smoothie is adapted from Young and Raw’s, Warming Blueberry & Ginger smoothie (also good).
*If you have a high-power blender (Vitamix or Blendtec) you should only have to blend for about 45-60 seconds. If you are using a standard blender (total fine), you will need to blend longer & may need to add some water.