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10,000 steps a day, running, and my achy legs #Mamavation Monday

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 3, 2013 | Categories: Family and Health, Health and Fitness, Mamavation, Weight Loss
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I am proud to say that I have logged in over 10,000 steps a day over the last 7 days. Included in those 10,000+ steps were 3 days of a non-stop one-mile run. Yep, I met my goal of running 1-mile non-stop by February 1st.

Three cheers for me. Hip hip hooray…

According to my fitbit, I averaged 11,044 steps a day last week. I’m working on making that at least 15,000 steps a day this week. I already have steps logged in as of the writing of this post

I am crazy over the fitbit! It motivates me. That little device I hook onto the waist of my pants has a magical quality about it. I find that I will push myself to get in those 10,000 steps.

FitBit Stats

As I mentioned in a previous post about my 90-day weight loss challenge, I registered for the Knoxville Color Me Rad 5k. I’m basically going from couch to 5k. My goal was to be able to run one mile straight by February 1. I only had the chance to run on the treadmill three times last week. I did 3 miles of which one mile I ran each day. This week, my goal is to run that one mile in less time. I did it in 15 minutes, my goal is 12-minutes. I’m not sure if that’s a feasible goal.

My legs hurt.

Hurt I say.

They’re not used to all this walking and running. They’re begging me to give them a break. Don’t get me wrong, I am listening to my body… but I think I can do this. I am going to throw in a free day once a week, now, though. I do need to give my body a day of rest. So quit your complaining, legs.

I do my weigh-ins on Monday mornings, so not sure how I stand this week, but last Monday I was down .5 pounds.

  • Starting weight on 10/15 – 166.5
  • Last weigh-in on 1/28 – 148

I am finding it tougher to lose now that I added exercise, and I know I need to not be so obsessed with the number on the scales… but it is a hard habit to break. I also know that because I’m sore, my muscles are retaining more water. It psychological, but I need to see the scales go down.

So my goal this week is to…

  • Average 15,000 steps a day.
  • Increase the time of my one mile run.
  • Drink more water.
  • Be more diligent in my calorie counting.

What are your fitness goals for the week?


20 Responses to 10,000 steps a day, running, and my achy legs #Mamavation Monday

  1. Colleen says:

    I LOVE the Fitbit, and Congrats on the accomplishment.

  2. Courtney says:

    So awesome – keep it up!

  3. WOOT! You go Donna! I’m going to be watching my carbs this week and getting in my 10K every day too!

  4. Kathleen says:

    You’re doing amazing and congrats on making it through a mile non-stop.

  5. You are doing great. Keep up the good work.

  6. Sheri says:

    You’re doing great! I need to get a fitbit.

  7. Pamela Warren says:

    Congratulations to you. Wish I had a pedometer to keep track of my steps

  8. Leilani says:

    Great job! That’s awesome.

  9. Lolo says:

    I love using my fitbit, it is so motivating!

  10. Congrats! I just started using a fitbit & it’s definitely been motivating me too.

  11. Keep it up, you’re doing great!

  12. Brenda says:

    Congratulations on running your mile! I think that milestone is coming up

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  14. Wren says:

    Congratulations! I have not yet done my 10,000 steps daily yet. I’m up to 4 to 5 times a week. I started this lifestyle change about 6 months ago. I’m down a mere 23 pounds. My thighs, muscles hurts the most the day after but I still go forward. It’s been years since I last wore shorts and skirts. I feel comfortable to do so now. Keep at it!