This week has been a challenge for me. I’m working muscles I haven’t used in a very long time and I’m realizing that I’m not nearly as strong as I would like to be — but I’m going to get there. Before starting the #iHeartOmron Fitness Challenge I knew I was sedentary, but I had no idea just how sedentary I really was.
Even though my baby is almost 8 months old, bedrest mentality is hard to break out of. I’m in the habit of moving as little as possible and eating often. Bad combination. The workouts in this challenge have been kicking my butt. The first day I barely made it through 1 set and I was sore for 2 days. I’m looking forward to keeping at it and building up my muscle mass. I’m hoping I can report back to you that I made it through the entire workout without having it wipe me out for the day.
As I mentioned last week, I’m in the middle of a move. Your first thought is that it’s probably not a great time to start a new fitness routine. The thing is though, I’ve been putting this off for a LONG time, and it just couldn’t wait any longer. I did get some strange looks from the movers as I took a break to fit in my workout but moving itself is kind of a workout. I got over 10,000 steps without even leaving my house!
I’m moving to a much warmer climate so I’m looking forward to continuing my new commitment to my health in warmer weather.
I do have to say, I have been LOVING the HJ-323U connected pedometer. I haven’t had great luck with pedometers in the past. I don’t want to admit how many I’ve flushed down the toilet or had fall off while I’m away from the house just because they don’t stay on well. The HJ-323U has two ways to attach it. I’ve been using both so that if one fails it still stays attached.
The other major difference is that this pedometer measures strides, not steps. That means you don’t have to worry about getting an extra couple hundred steps just because you bumped the pedometer. It won’t even start counting until after you’ve taken 4 strides. If you continue walking after that point it will go back and add in the previous 4 strides. It’s been a real eye opener to me at how sedentary I’ve been and my kids have loved keeping me on task by asking how many steps I’ve gotten throughout the day. I have to stay active because I can’t let them down. Once I told them I was aiming for 10,000 steps there was no way they were letting me off the hook.
Several of you have told me that you are doing this challenge right along with me and I love that! Being accountable to someone else for my progress and effort has made such a major difference and I’m proud to say that I am sticking with my workout plan and paying closer attention to what I eat. I’m currently down 7 pounds from my original challenge weight and I’m hoping that downward trend continues.
If you are focusing on getting in shape with me, what differences have you noticed since increasing your activity level?
This post is sponsored Omron Fitness as a collaboration with Bookieboo Blogging Network and Mamavation – a community dedicated to weight loss for women andobesity prevention for families. I was provided with product and compensation for my time and honest opinions.