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Just a Thought:
Challenges keep coming my way
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Well, here we go again. I’m questioning if I should enter the Southern Standard fitness competition that begins Dec. 1.
As a reminder, Morris Multimedia offered its employees a “Step 10 Challenge” in June. It was a walking competition with pedometers provided to us. It’s always nice when a business shows it cares about the health of its employees. Since I already walk as my chosen form of exercise, I entered. The problem is I have a competitive nature. I tend to overdo it. I say "What I lack in ability, I make up for in determination."
I also say I know me better than anyone else does. It’s true, because I went from approximately about 10,000 steps a day, which is healthy, to about 17,000 steps a day or more. I set a goal of 10,000 steps before breakfast – that’s overdoing it. It’s always good to know yourself, right?
About week three into the competition, I started having moments of doubt. I just didn’t want to participate anymore. I decided to dig down deep and give it one final push. When you start something, you should finish it just for your own mental wellbeing. During the 28-day competition, I averaged 17,210 steps a day and came in first place at the Standard.
The effort took its toll. My heels hurt and I destroyed a pair of shoes. While I never went to the doctor for it, I’m sure the pain was from heel spurs. They very recently stopped hurting. Because I overdid it, it seemed to stimulate my appetite. While I haven’t gained any weight, I haven’t lost any either. That doesn’t make me happy, given that I lost 50 pounds before the competition began.
In December, the competition is a Step 10 Holiday Calorie Burn Challenge. Not that it matters to me because I don’t have one, but this competition is also open to spouses. That’s nice. What does interest me is this competition has a conversion chart that allow us to count something other than walking. That’s pretty sweet.
I guess I’ll participate, but I’m going to try really hard to not overdo it. Let’s face it, between Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts and December’s tendency to be filled with candy, cookies and cakes, everyone needs a little extra exercise. Many people experience weight gain during the final three months of the year. Then, those same people start off the New Year with a resolution to lose weight. It’s a vicious cycle.
I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions. Maybe I should make a December one – I resolve to not overdo it during this Step 10 Holiday Calorie Burn Challenge. I will increase my activity level, but not to the point where I injure myself or stimulate my appetite. I have as much confidence in that resolution as I would have in one made for Jan. 1. Sadly, not much confidence at all. Here I go again.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.