These steps are out of control!

I’m finally getting around to writing, it’s been a busy week and I’m ready for a break. It seems like these steps are taking over my life. I don’t want to give it up, so I am going to have to figure something else out. I’m glad that Sunday is the last day of August, because this month has been really difficult.

I started the month of August at 196 pounds and needing 12,000 steps per day. Since that time, my weight has dropped to 190 (yeah!) and I currently need 14,000 steps per day. Up to this point, the steps seemed to be manageable, but it has gotten out of control lately.

Mid-way through the month, I hurt my knee trying kick-boxing. Since my knee hurt for several days, I lowered my required number of steps to accommodate. I believe it unrealistic to expect myself to do those steps full-knowing that it wasn’t even possible. That worked out well and I was back on track the following week. Then, towards the end of the month, we went to the HAMB Drag Nationals in Joplin, MO and had a blast. Apparently that fun didn’t include much walking because my step count was horrendous. I didn’t change the required number of steps because I was physically able to get them; I just made a different choice. I fell behind 25,000 steps, which I’ve been trying to make up for the last week.

I wake up in the morning and get on the treadmill. Then I drink coffee and get back on the treadmill. Then I go to work. When I get home (about 10pm), I get back on the treadmill if needed. I haven’t had much time to do anything else! My house is a wreck, the yard is a mess and I am overwhelmed and frustrated. The only thing keeping me going is the weight loss. I’m losing about 6 pounds a month. That seems slow, but I also think it’s a good pace.

So… where’s my balance? Can I lose weight and maintain a household?

I’ve been looking at my spreadsheet and decided those 500 more steps per week is a bit unrealistic at this point, so I’ve decided to go up 500 steps every 2 weeks. Perhaps I just need more time to acclimate. September is my third month, so October will be a maintenance month. I’ll drop my step count to 12,000 and see if I can maintain (not gain or lose) and adjust as necessary. After I get the swing of that, I’ll know where I need to be and then start another 3 month weight loss session in November.

I feel more determined to do this than I have ever felt. I don’t know where its coming from. I am used to losing quickly… and this is not all that quick. Even though I have been through a couple “stalls”, it’s steadily coming off and I don’t really watch what I eat too much. I’m sure that there will come a time when I need to watch my calories, but I’ll just have to cross that bridge when I get there.

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