Monday, January 18, 2016

Back on the Butte + Weigh-in

Happy MLK Day everyone!

I woke up excited about three things:
(1) No work today
(2) I was going on a hike up a local butte where I hadn't been in over a year, and
(3) I was most definitely getting my 10,000 steps.

I got 10,000 steps every day this past week. However, I found that unless I was walking somewhere with a purpose, it is remarkably hard to get 10,000 steps. Yesterday was a case in point. It was pouring outside and I didn't want to go to my gym which would most definitely be packed with NY's resolution makers for the next couple of months. So, I accompanied Don to a local hardware store where I paced about while he shopped. It was incredibly boring. Between the hardware store and the grocery store, I did make 10,000 steps, but it was boring as crap!

So, I went hiking up Spencer butte today. It is an incredibly beautiful butte and a moderately difficult hike which translates to a "quite difficult " hike for me. I have not been up there in a year. Prior to that, my friend Lisa and I used to go up there almost every week and our bodies had started to get used to it. I knew that going back after so long would be hard, and it was. Surprisingly, the first portion of it wasn't as hard as I remembered. However, as we went higher, I was out of breath a lot. Lisa did wonderfully well and credited her yoga practice for the strength of her breathing. I want to take up yoga too! It was an incredibly crisp and clear day, and we saw the snow-capped "Sisters" mountains in the distance. All in all, a very satisfying hike. I got 7,500 of my steps for the day and my fitbit registered it as the equivalent of climbing 75 flights of stairs! Yay!

Picture from SpencerButte.com

On another happy note: Weigh-in this morning was 221.8 lbs!!!! That's a loss of 3.2 lbs. After last week's minuscule loss, I am really really happy about this. It helped that I hit my 10,000 steps goal every day last week except Monday when I still did 9,717 steps.

3 comments:

Christina @ Love Yourself Healthy said...

Wow, way to stay active! You're seriously inspiring me over here, as I try to figure out how I'm going to even reach my 5000 step goal. I'd planned a lunch time walk today, but then my coworker decided to go out at the last minute and I had to stay here to answer the phones.

That hike sounds amazing! I need to find some trails and do a little hiking here.

Finding Lori said...

Great job on your loss!! What a beautiful view you got to see!! :) 75 flights!!?? Yay!! :)

Chrysalis Fit said...

It is very very hard to get 10,000 steps consistently! The hike certainly helped. :-) Christina - you will get your steps more easily as you train and coach for the upcoming 10K.

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