Hi Loves! I completed my 30 day Walking Challenge last week! I walked over 10,000 steps Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!! In the month of April I walked 259,396 steps – averaged 8,646 steps a day – 60,522 steps a week – and walked roughly 105 miles!!! (HOLY WOW!) Not bad for a girl with an office job that pretty much requires 8+ hrs a day of sitting in front of a computer!
Stats like that really make me happy! It could be why I like accounting and bookkeeping so much! 🙂 I’m happy with the challenge and now am focusing on hitting a minimum of 8,000 steps a day but my goal will remain 10,000. In the process of the April challenge – I also found for the first time – ever – I logged over 1100 minutes of exercise! That’s approximately 18 hrs of exercise. My next goal will to keep it up and maybe hit 1500 fitness minutes?! In this last month – I’ve seen mental changes. I want to exercise, I want to see my steps go up, I want to hit 10,000 steps, and I don’t dread movement as much as I used to. I feel like a transition has been happening all along – but I can tell you with about a 1000% certainty that 6 months ago – or even 3 months ago I doubt I would try my hand at 2 challenges in addition to yoga and getting my steps in.
Why two challenges and not one? Both seemed simple and attainable with a little grit and sweat! Honestly – I’m mainly focused on walking off a plateau that I’ve been stuck on for the past month or so weight wise. Plus – I really what to get a yoga wheel pose and at the moment it feels nearly impossible. Maybe a stronger core and arms will help. Yoga continues to be my saving grace. It keeps me in a good place mentally and physically – so as long as its working – I’m going to keep doing it! The amount of peace and relaxation I feel after a restorative practice is exactly what I need after a long and crazy day.
Now – quick blurb about my challenges in May. One is a 28 day challenge and one is 30 days. The first challenge I found is the Brazen Fit Arms – its 28 days and after four of them…I can totally feel it working over muscles I forgot about! The second is from my fitness pal – the same people who gave me my walking challenge in April. May’s challenge is a spin off on the plank challenge and so far – I’m holding my own.
*Side note – when I did my first plank challenge last fall, holding a plank for 30 seconds seemed impossible. My first day on that challenge I could barely hold 10 seconds. The first day of this plank challenge asks you to take a test and see how long you can hold a plank in good form. I held it for one minute and 25 seconds – I could have probably gone a bit longer but each week I check in to see if I can make it any longer and at the end I’ll see if I’ve improved my time. I’m happy to know that I was able to hold it for as long as I did!
Now – here are the challenges if you’d like to jump on them with me!
Thank you for reading and continuing to inspire and motivate me along this journey!