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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

10K A Day

I have decided to take on the 10k a day challenge. What's this, you ask? I'm am working towards walking 10,000 steps, or around 5 miles, every day.

As I become more consistent with reaching 10k each day, I will push myself up to 12k a day and go from there. I ventured out to Wal-Mart to pick up my very first pedometer on Sunday. Being that pay day still hasn't approached, I had to buy the cheapo $5 pedometer. I really would like to purchase the Nike-ipod athletic pack, in which you buy a pair of Nike running shoes that have a tracking device in them and the ipod nano records your vitals. You can gaze upon it's beauty at the site below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nike%2BiPod
Pretty appealing looking contraption, but lots of coinage. For now I'll stick with my cheapo and learn to love it.

In a way, I think of my 10k a Day like the Special K challenge, only with the 10K a day, I don't have to restrict myself to eating a bowl of cereal for 2 meals a day. Food is an enticing comfort to me and I would hate to give up my worst enemy. There is nothing like going out to eat after a long day at work and ordering enough food to feel a family of 5 just so you can have lunch and dinner the next day. Most restaraunts prepare your meals much larger than actual serving sizes and contribute to the rising numbers of obesity in our country, but that's a whole other blog.

To correspond with my 10k a Day, I am drinking at least 40 ounces of water each day. Typically, you should drink 8 cups of water a day. 40 ounces is only equal to 5, but I must cut myself off there due to the fact that after having a baby my bladder can't hold what it use to hold. We wouldn't want Mrs. Grabe to have any accidents, would we! I have walked more than enough kindergartners down the long hall to the nurses office to get dry clothes. I have felt the eyes of others passing us in the hall and do not want the tables turned!

I interrogate myself often with why I have abruptly become a health junkie. Basically, I want to start feeling better about myself. After gaining 40 pounds during pregnancy and having my abs separate from the stretching and pushing during delivery, it is past time to retone. I have lost all of my pregnancy weight and want to lose a bit more and keep it off! Also, I want to live a healthy life style. Not just for me, but for Cailyn. I want to live a long and healthy life so I can watch her grow, get married, and have babies of her own. I want to be there for her as a mother and friend to help her through whatever life throws at her. The good, the bad, the ugly--I want to be there. She deserves everything I can give her and I won't let her down! When she falls, I will pick her up and when she's flying high I will give her wind to fly higher. I realize the day will come when she doesn't want me there and I will respect that--but at least I will still be there IF she decides to seek me out.

I will continue to strive to live a healthy lifestyle for my family as well as myself. Ultimately, God will decide when I leave my family, but in the meantime, I will take care of myself by living by the benefits of walking.

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