Then, I realized that weight loss would depend MUCH MORE on what I ate, than how much I sweat. Bummer...I really wanted to maintain my pizza lifestyle.
So, I became a big challenge guy. I figured that if I set big huge challenges or goals for myself, I would HAVE to train more and more and therefore keep my pizza. It was exciting to think of a half-marathon or riding a century cycling race (okay, even a metric-century cycling event).
But after a few years of some big events, I could see that my activity AFTER the big race would taper off and I would backslide. Big time. Too often.
So me and many other bloggers would have these seasons of highs and lows, gains and losses...which can be pretty de-motivating. Makes you want to quit blogging for awhile.
We've all known that walking is healthy, but also boring and slow and not sexy at all. There has never been a movie-montage of the main character begginning a daily walking regimen. No medals or t-shirts for walking events. Right?
But walking as exercise is practical and does not lend itself to excuses.
I walk every day and so do you. With FitBit, I still get a fun daily measure of my progress toward 10,000 steps per day. There is a great website that allows me to playfully measure or compare with others. And I find myself looking for opportunities to move more everyday and when I am behind on my steps, then I get motivated to jump on the treadmill (or a few trips around the neighborhood) and bang out a few miles in 30 minutes.
I typed this while on a treadmill (more on that later) and I don't know how many miles I have walked in this time (also on a long conference call), but I have not yet gone to the gym today and have logged in well above 10,000 steps (or 5 miles). No cycling gear, no trip to the gym and no guilt for missing a workout day. As a husband and father of three, I think this is perfect for me right now.