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Hooked on walking

10 January 2011

My 2011 resolutions:

Aim for 10,000 steps per day :: Eat more fruit! :: Don’t just “take pictures” :: Say thank you more often

2011 resolutions

I’ve heard that what’s important is to keep track of *something* on a daily basis: calories, inches, weight, food diary — whatever works for you. Well, I lie on food diaries (sins of omission), I find that if I obsess over calories it kind of defeats the idea of not letting food be a bigger deal in my life than it should be, inches would take too long to see a change, and weight is good but I need something *active* to keep track of. So I bought myself a pedometer a couple of weeks ago.

What a difference it has made! I can see how active I’ve been on any particular day, and it is incentive enough to get me “doing” something rather than just sitting around surfing the Web. And because I work from home, I don’t even have any commuting steps to add to my daily total.

I’ve only made it to the recommended daily 10,000 steps twice: Over Christmas break I walked to the downtown library to pick up a book, and today. I had to inventory some concessions from last month’s debate tournament to be ready for this month’s tournament — instead of driving to the high school, I walked. (I’m actually at 9,974 steps as I type, but I’m pretty sure just going downstairs to supper will get me over the mark.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 11 January 2011 4:34 am

    My son’s friend Zain cheats with his pedometer. He sits with it in his hand, rhythmically shaking it!

    • Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
      14 January 2011 3:31 pm

      Who’s he cheating from, I wonder? Food diaries, somebody else may see that I’ve eaten more than my fair share of cookies — but my pedometer? Nobody else really cares. But I did try the shaking thing, so I’ve got about 10 more steps than I really should for one day. Curses!

  2. 12 January 2011 8:39 am

    Well, good for you! Next you can walk to the corner fruit market. With your camera. And don’t forget to thank the fruit man.

    • Peaceable Imperatrix permalink*
      14 January 2011 3:32 pm

      Good plan, Ellie!

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