Monday, August 24, 2009

Out Comes the Pedometer

Earlier this summer I set a goal for myself of a minimum four walks per week. That is my "official" goal, but my more obsessive minded goal is 5, or even 6, walks per week. I've reached my minimum nearly every week (I may have missed once when I was sick), and have often reached my ideal. Yet, I don't look any thinner or feel any fitter. I'd figured after many months of inactivity, any increase would reap the rewards. Alas, that has not turned out to be the case (or at least not in any way apparent to me). Obviously, I can't do much better with my frequency, so it must be my intensity and duration that are lacking. Both of those are a bit tricky because I prefer to bring the dogs along for my walks, and Small Dog can't do much more than 30 minutes at a steady clip.

So today I dusted off my pedometer and clipped it to my capri pants to see if I could find new ways to encourage more activity. Every little bit must help.

5 comments:

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I'm sure it IS helping, I'm sure you ARE fitter. Keep up the good work.

Smellyann said...

You need to be more fit? This is news to me! :D

Nadine said...

Thanks both of you! Yesterday I stopped counting once I went over 10,000 steps. That's a lot!

Momma Val said...

I did not see much result from walking til I decreased my calorie intake. This was before I was pregnant but I have had more luck moving more and eating less in the past. Or eating a mostly vegetarian diet (vegetables, fruits, lentils and beans). HTH! Oh and remember that what good it's doing on the inside isn't often apparent on the outside :)

OccasionalConfusion said...

I only run if I'm running for my life. But thank god that hasn't happened...lol but I do love walking too. With dogs it does get trickier 'cause they are constantly stopping and you're right about them only lasting for a period of time. But I'm sure that if you give it more time you'll see that those capri pants are gonna start feeling loser. Have fun :)