Many of you long time readers may remember when I got my fitbit way back in April for my birthday. The first day I got it, I walked about 4,000 steps. The next day I set a goal for myself to start walking at least 10,000 steps every day. I did really well for a while. I was running a lot, walking the dogs, and easily fitting in those steps, especially on days that I was working at the assisted living facility and walking to and from several classes.
Then I graduated…and I quit my job at the assisted living facility…and it got a little harder to get those steps in- but I was still doing it. Then it started getting even harder as I started my internship. I started getting obsessive. I was pacing around the kitchen or the basement, running 3 miles and then walking an extra two late at night just to get that number to hit 10,000.
Then I got sick. And after 5 1/2 months of walking at least 10,000 steps every single day, there was a day that I only walked 3,600 steps. I was sick, I had a fever, I was exhausted, and I let myself rest.
Quite honestly, I can’t tell you what a relief it was. It was like a huge amount of pressure had been lifted off my shoulders…which is silly, because the only reason the pressure was there in the first place was because I put it there.
It’s been about 3 weeks since that 3,600 step day. Since then, there’s only been a handful of days that I’ve reached 10,000 steps. And I’m ok with it. After I broke my 10,000 step streak, I decided to take some time to reassess my goals. I looked back at the past several months and thought about what had been going well and what was missing.
Here’s what I realized:
- I missed circuit workouts. And tabatas. And sprints. And intervals.
- I missed hard and heavy workouts I could do in my basement…the ones that got my heart pumping but really didn’t require a whole lot of space.
- And I missed lifting weights.
I realized that in my quest to get in 10,000 steps every day….I had given up some of my favorite workouts in favor of running, simply because running gave me more steps. I stopped lifting weights because it didn’t involve moving around enough to get me the steps I needed.
And that was silly.
So here’s my new plan:
- Lift weights 2-3 times per week
- Run 1-2 times per week
- Circuit/interval/tabata workouts 2-3 times per week
I realize this is a pretty loose training plan. It doesn’t define which workouts I do on which days. It gives me a lot of freedom. But I’ve done this in the past. I know that it works best for me. It gives me enough variety to keep me interested and enough freedom to be realistic. I have loose guidelines…I know what I need to accomplish over the course of the week. But I have the freedom to choose what I want to do on certain days, based on how I’m feeling that day, my mood, when I feel like I need to rest, etc.
As for my fitbit, I will still wear it. I was still (loosely) aim to get 10,000 steps each day because I believe that it’s important to MOVE MORE…but I won’t kill myself to do it. I will makes small changes throughout the day to move more. I will walk the dogs regularly. I will use my fitbit as a motivational tool…But I will also realize that some day I can get in a killer workout, lift AND walk the dogs and I still won’t reach 10,000 steps…AND THAT’S OK.
So there you have it!
To celebrate this reassessment, I jumped back into my beloved tabata workouts by doing the following- it was short & sweet and I loved it!
How often do you reevaluate your workout routine?