I can totally relate to this.

ishouldprobablyexerciseYou may recall that back in October I took on a challenge my employer put out to walk 8,000 steps a day for 20 days in the month in order to get a Fitbit Flex for free (normally $99). My hope was that if I could complete the challenge it would become a habit and I’d be on my way to returning to the slim figure of my youth, or at least not as fat as I was.

So the bad news is that with the arrival of winter my time spent walking has slowly dropped off to the point that I only managed to get out and walk once in January and haven’t done it since (and I didn’t even make it to 8,000 steps that day). We’ve been in the grip of a polar vortex for a few weeks now — not to mention being sick as a dog with a nasty cold two weeks ago that kept me in bed — and it’s just more than I can muster the motivation to overcome.

The good news is that what little weight loss I have managed, about 10 to 15 pounds, has stuck with me. I was 300 pounds when I started and my weight is currently hovering between 281 and 285 (my last weight as of yesterday was 282.2). My fancy wi-fi scale tells me that I’m down 13.9 pounds in 9 months. I expect it has a lot to do with the healthier meals Anne and I have been eating as of late because it’s sure not from exercise.

Once the temps around here start averaging above terrifyingly-ball-shrinking levels I am determined to get back to walking regularly and I hope to see the losses increase. For now, I’m slightly healthier than I was. It’s nothing to celebrate, but it’s better than nothing.


5 thoughts on “I can totally relate to this.

  1. Thanks to my job at a “Big Box Mart” I’ve been logging 8~10K steps every work shift, and I’m still heavier than I’d like to be. But don’t stop, you’re better off as a mobile large person than a sedentary one.

  2. It is a good thing that you are don –any loss is going to help you feel better and live longer. When Spring comes you will get back into the routine. Nobody can walk in subzero weather!!!

  3. Yep, it’s important to stay in motion as much as possible. It’s not just for you, but also for your loved ones.

  4. 5,’8″ skiiny from my grand dad, funny, his daughter, my mom got big.
    Most I’ve hit was 160, now around 130 or 140.
    Retired now, don’t do a darn thing, but I do walk to the store daily, rain or cold, I dress for it. You have to living on Lake Erie, not much snow this year, just cold. Only stayed in until I ran out of beer and the road was clear enough to take my cart to the store.

    After a week, I needed to get out anyway. When you walk daily, you get used to it and miss it. Start slow, last time I walked far was 12 miles, but I was in my mid 50s, can’t do it now, back kills me.

    Take it slow, little at a time until you slowly get used to it.

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