Well, it has been quite awhile since I updated my progress. My original goals were twofold – a minimum goal and a stretch goal for 2 areas – steps and swimming.
I really enjoy walking and thought that this would be a rewarding adventure. The chance to see my step count climb while spending time in nature seemed like a win/win situation and this has been the cases. For steps, my minimum goal was 3,650,000 steps for the year or an average of 10,ooo steps per day. My stretch goal was 5,000,000 steps for the year or an average of 13,700 steps per day. I’ve had my ups and downs with this goal but I have already met my minimum goal. I am currently at 4,209,349 steps with 55 days to go. That works out to 14,376 steps per day. I’m worried about holiday events and bad weather keeping me from hitting the goal. I need to stay on top of things and try to build in some cushion for those times but I’m fairly confident that I can meet the goal.
I also enjoy swimming and thought that it would be a good way to get in some more physical activity. For swimming, my minimum goal was 26,000 meters and my stretch goal was 52,000 meters. I am not anywhere close to the minimum let alone the stretch goal. I have swum 3200 meters so far this year. I’ve been trying to figure out what the problem is and I’ve come up with several factors. First, it is a struggle for me to get myself to the pool – I resent the amount of “extra” time that is involved in getting there. Second, I feel as if I’m being judged by the others at the pool and come up lacking because of my skills – intellectually I know this isn’t true but still it lingers in my head. Third, I like to swim but I don’t like feeling like I have to do so many laps in a certain time or do them faster than I did before which is the feeling I get every time my hubby asks how it went at the pool.
I think the biggest problem is that this is not really a goal for me but one I made for my hubby. He thinks I need to do more physical activity – to stay healthy, to lose weight and to tone up. I’m fairly happy with myself but agree that there is room for improvement. However, I do resent the focus on my weight and I feel like my body has betrayed me. I know it is partly due to the normal aging process but I miss the days when I could eat anything(and everything), not exercise and stay thin. I’m still adjusting to my new normal and it isn’t easy. It doesn’t help that I’m not really athletic and I haven’t found a type of activity that I enjoy and want to do on a regular basis. At this point, knowing that I’m not going to come anywhere close to the goal, I don’t have any motivation to go at all.
I guess that’s it for now. How are your fitness goals coming? What do you do for fitness? I’m looking for suggestions for something to try, so let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks!