Week 9 26/2/17 – 4/3/17

This past week I have not managed to push my stats to where I would have liked them to be, instead of hitting between 55000 and 60000 this week, I have fallen slightly behind (and also fallen back on last weeks step total) to 48771 total steps for the week.  This is still not too bad, I’m hitting over 50% of the average recommended daily steps and hitting 6967 as an overall average.  I have not managed to get out at lunch times, the weather for the past week has not been too great, cold and wet, which has seen me take soup for lunch to work and put me off of going out at lunch times.

This week I am hoping to hit a step average of 7200 per day, any more will be a bonus!

How did you do last week?  What are your aims this week?

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Week In Review – Week 5 -29/1/17 -4/2/17

My weekly stats are still improving, this week I have taken a total of 42178 steps, an average of 6025 a day which is really not that far off my goal of 10000 steps per day!  I didn’t quite hit the target I was hoping for of 7000 steps a day but getting close isn’t so bad and I am really pleased that I have improved on last weeks step total and am hoping to continue moving my stats in the right direction.  Yesterday (Saturday) was my best day for steps and I achieved a total of 11031 without really trying or thinking about it too much, this was probably down to good weather and going out for a walk from my house to the local sorting office to pick up a parcel with Roxy, and then later my partner and I went to a local town for a walk around and some food out.

This week I am aiming to reach or better 7000 steps a day and by this time next week I hope to be reporting that I have bettered my weekly stats again!

What are your goals for the week?  Did you improve on last weeks stats?

Week In Review – Week 3 – 15/1/17 – 21/1/17

Last week I said that I didn’t mind how many steps I did in the week so long as I beat last weeks 33249 steps.  This week I have taken a grand total of 38445 steps so I did manage to do something good!  I’m still no where near where I would like to be step count wise but its a start!  Ive averaged 5492 steps per day which is over half my daily step allowance (I’m aiming for 10,000 steps per day!) I’m still struggling with lack of energy and feeling tired but I have an appointment with the dr on friday so will hopefully get my thyroid problems sorted which will have a knock on effect on energy and tiredness!

This week, again, I am hoping to beat this weeks steps and, keeping to a realistic goal, I’m going to aim for 40,000, hopefully this will be not too difficult to achieve!

What is your goal for the week?

Week in Review – Week 1 – 1/1/17-7/1/17

This week has been really slow step wise, Monday was a bank holiday and I really didn’t do much, for me it was a day of reading and relaxing.  Tuesday I was back in work and had plans to start getting out at lunch times again but with one thing and another I didn’t manage that this week.  My best days, step wise were Friday and Saturday this week, Friday was because I went shopping and did some housework and Saturday for similar reasons.  None of my days took me up to 10000 steps though, however once I introduce my afternoon walks back into my routine I should be getting close to my targets!  This week I hit a grand total of 37908 steps, just over half way to my weekly target of 70000 steps.

My plans for the coming week are to get out at lunch times and maybe mixing up my walking route with Roxy and going for longer walks with her.

Look Back to 2016

December’s stats were probably some of the worst that I have recorded since I started monitoring my steps per day.  I took a total of 186688 steps, this works out at an average of 6022 steps per day.  I hit 10,000 steps or over on 2 days this month, one of the days I totaled 14429 steps and the other 11877.  A lot of factors contributed to not achieving 10000 steps a day, or at least averaging that, the weather was one –  it was cold and wet, raining the majority of lunch times which meant I skipped a lot of my lunch time walks, then it was dark when I got home from work which impacted on Roxy and my evening stroll and our regular walking routes (the street and path lighting isn’t that good on our regular routes), couple all of that with not fully shaking off the cold I had in November and it’s not surprising that my stats slipped so low.  Christmas and time off from work also played a part in my average steps, over the Christmas break I was off work, we had family coming round and staying, or we were visiting family, and not really being as active as normal as sitting and spending time with family is more important.

I have enjoyed the past few months of being more aware of my steps and activity levels but I have also learned that it is ok to let them slip a bit for more important things (like spending time with friends and family) and I don’t think that in the darker months of the year that you should risk your health and safety to hit your target steps.  However I am keen to get back into walking at lunch times now I am back in work just to get the numbers back up a bit, after all, any activity is better than none (and I have a couple of pounds to loose from the Christmas festivities!).

It can be hard to get back to a walking routine, there are so many excuses your mind can make to your body about not going out, staying in, and if you let it, your body will listen and co-operate with your mind.  One of the ways I am going to get back into a walking plan is to factor in set periods of time to get out and about, half an hour at lunch is a great way to start, this first week back has been hectic (and Im sure most people will find it the same!) so I have set a date to start my lunch-time walks and I will be sticking to it.  I find once you have set a date, it is easier to overcome the minds excuses!  Once I get into a routine again, I will then start setting myself goals in terms of distance, such as  – how far can I walk in half an hour, monitor it and try to better it the following day.  Hopefully I can ease myself back into 10000 steps a day and will be back hitting target soon!

I am proud to have taken part in Cancer Research’s Walk All Over Cancer back in September and achieving an average of over 10000 steps a day.  Before this challenge I was unsure whether I would be able to do it and questioned myself about taking part, but I set myself a personal goal and I achieved what I set out to do.  I am hoping to take part in this again in the future and will be looking for people to join me on the way if and when I do!  I have also realized 10000 steps can be a lot easier to achieve if it is broken down into chunks during the day rather than attempting the majority in one go.  I am hoping to hit 10000 steps more often this year!

I haven’t made any resolutions this year but have set myself a goal of taking more steps this year than last year and I am aiming for at least 10000 steps a day for 80% of the year!  What walking goals or resolutions have you set yourself?

I am no longer going to be sharing my daily stats to this blog, I have set up an Instagram specifically for my daily stats (you can follow me @tenthousandsteps2016 ) but I will be posting how I have done weekly and share my highs and lows with you each Sunday!  If you would like to see how I have done this first week then come back to read my Week in Review on 8th January!

Week 7 Overview

I have been thinking about how I write this part of my blog and have decided on a change of format.  I will begin this section by giving my total weekly stats and a breakdown as to how I have achieved this then give a day to day total and what happened that day to cause me to either meet, or not, my target. So here goes!

Wednesday 12th  10289 steps.  I went for a walk at lunch time  for 24 mins and covered 1.02 miles, taking 2515 steps and then in the evening I took Roxy around the block for a walk for 45mins and covered 0.57 miles, Roxy seemed to want to stop and sniff at everything so I only took 1496 steps.  The rest of my steps were taken up with moving around in work and at home.

Thursday 13th 7159 steps.  I went out for a walk at lunch time for 29 mins and covered 1.13 miles taking 2751 steps.  In the evening I didn’t go out for a walk as I went to visit my parents and had tea with them.  The rest of my steps were made in work and at my parents when I was playing with the dogs!  I knew that I would be under target today as I am fairly sedentary when at my parents and am always under my target on visit days in general.

Friday 14th  7320 steps.  I went out at lunch time for a 39 minute walk and covered 0.98 miles and taking a total 2396 steps.  I then went home after work and did a load of housework (a normal thing on a Friday)  Most of my steps were taken in work and at home when cleaning and tidying up.  I didn’t take Roxy out for a walk as she got exercise playing in the garden while I was cleaning.  If I factor in the time I was cleaning and converted that time into steps I would have been over my target of 10,000 steps.

Saturday 15th 10849steps.  We went out for my Birthday trip to Westonbirt Arboretum and walked around for 201 minutes, covering 2.44 miles and taking a total 6457 steps.  The rest of my steps were made up by walking Roxy around the block.

Sunday 16th 8860 steps.  Today was my Birthday!  I made up my steps while out shopping and taking Roxy out for a 44 minute walk where I covered 1.68 miles and took 3929 steps.  Hitting my target today seemed to be really easy as I didn’t need to make a conscious effort to take any steps, the arboretum was a lovely place to go to walk and my attention was held elsewhere than my feet!

Monday 17th 5305 steps.  I had my flu jab on Friday and today I think I had a bit of a reaction to it, I felt tired, achy and a bit sick in general.  I didn’t manage to get out for my lunch time walk as I wasn’t really feeling up to it and when I got home all I seemed to have energy to do was sit on the sofa with Roxy and not do much.  I am pleased I managed to hit 5305 steps though as I was imagining it to be much lower!

Tuesday 18th 10404 steps.  Today I went out for a walk at lunch for 29 minutes covering 1.18 miles and a total 2859 steps then in the evening I went out for a walk with Roxy for 39 minutes covering 0.93 miles and taking 2553 steps.  The rest of my steps were made up by doing some housework and in work.

All in all I am happy with my stats for the week.  I have made a total of 60186 steps which has covered 23.6 miles (or 37.98 kms) and done 450 minutes of exercise which isn’t that bad considering I haven’t been feeling too well!

And now for yesterdays stats, did I hit my 10,000 step target?

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I did!  🙂

Thank You

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Thank you to all of you who have supported me in the Walk All Over Cancer 10,000 Step A Day Challenge, all of you who have sponsored me and asked me questions and kept me sane!  A special mention should go out to my dog Roxy, who has walked the vast majority of my steps at my side, to my lovely partner Andy who has encouraged me and listened to me, and to my long time friend Sam, who without, I probably wouldn’t have made it through the final week, and my work friend Mr B who has made me laugh along the way!.  To all of you, thank you so much!

Now I know you are all itching to know the final totals but first I think its only fair to share yesterdays stats with you…

Did I make it to 10,000 steps on my final day of this challenge?

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I definitely did!!!  🙂  I passed the last 10,000 steps in September at 19:02.  I did want to mark passing that point with something or someone, but in the end I figured that I started this challenge with my dog and that was how I was going to finish.  I did take a photo to mark the occasion and place where this happened!!!

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Out on a walk with Roxy along the cycle track is where we hit our final target!

So, now I bet you are wondering what my total stats are for the month..

Well…. I covered 125.2 miles or 157.71 kilometers since the start.  That is a total of 323840 (three hundred thousand eight hundred and forty!!!!) steps!

There is still time to make a donation to Cancer Research UK which you can do via my Just Giving page.  I have walked 10,000 steps a day for the whole of September in order to raise money for Cancer Research, if you would like to sponsor me or donate, you can visit my Just Giving page where a few clicks will see your donation added to the cause.

The Last Day

Today has marked the last day of the Walk All Over Cancer Challenge where I have attempted to walk 10,000 steps a day for the whole of September.  I started today with the same determination that I have the days previous, determined to hit the target of 10,000 steps a day, which started off all well and good, but as the day progressed I began to feel a bit nostalgic for the way I felt at the beginning of the challenge.  I don’t know why, I started to feel sad about finishing it, in some ways dreading finishing it and wanting to delay it… 30 days seems like a lot when you start but once those days are up, looking back it has gone so quickly!  I have enjoyed the challenge though, and, while at times I found it hard to reach the 10,000 step target, I have managed to achieve it most days.  It is amazing to think that I had a doubt about hitting it, and there have been a few times where I haven’t hit target (for one reason or another) but overall I am really happy to have taken part in it and pushing myself on a day to day basis.  I am glad that I have been able to support Cancer Research UK and raise funds that will help towards their continued, and much needed, scientific research into the treatment of cancer.  I feel proud of being able to help out where I can and I am proud of each step I have made.

Tomorrow I will be sharing with you the break down of all of my stats for the month, including minutes spent walking (in continuous blocks), how many miles I have travelled, and my averages per day!

Talking of steps!  Here are yesterdays stats for you…

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I beat the 10,000 step target again!!!

I am aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day for the whole of september in order to raise money for Cancer Research, if you would like to sponsor me or donate, you can visit my Just Giving page where a few clicks will see your donation added to the cause.

 

How You Can Help Support Cancer Research UK

Cancer Researc Uk would not be able to continue with the valuable job they do if it wasn’t for support from the general public.  If you want to help there are lots of different ways

  • you could get involved with one of their fundraising events (you can find details of events here), if you use the search box on the right hand side of the screen and enter your postcode you will find lots of fun events to get involved in.
  • You could hold your own fundraising event, whether it be a bake sale, coffee morning, dance class, sponsored walk or car wash, there are lots of things you can do to raise money (there are ideas and fundraising packs availabe here)
  • If you don’t want to host a fundraising event you could help support events near you by contributing prizes for raffles, donate a cake for a bake sale, sponsor a colleague, cheer on from the side lines at races or help in other ways.
  • Share your friends and colleagues Just Giving pages or event invites and let people know what is happening and when, be the cheerleader for your friends and colleagues who may be taking part in fundraising.
  • Be supportive, whatever your friends and colleagues may be doing to raise money, show support, be interested and offer help and encouragement if they are struggling!  Chat about what they are doing and how it is going, and be positive!

Now, I know you are all really here to see how I got on yesterday, so here’s the stats you have been waiting for…

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I hit my target of 10,000 steps!!!  🙂

I am aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day for the whole of september in order to raise money for Cancer Research, if you would like to sponsor me or donate, you can visit my Just Giving page where a few clicks will see your donation added to the cause.

4 Weeks In – Overview

It’s hard to imagine that 4 weeks ago I began this step challenge for Cancer Research.  Aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day has become something that is no longer a conscious thought, but an unconscious one.  I get up in the morning and, though I know that Walk All Over Cancer is still ongoing, it’s like it has become part of my everyday life.  I’m not going to say that it has been plain sailing to get here, as with anything you do that is not part of your day-to-day routine, you will have hard days and days where you feel like just giving up or days where you have not succeeded as well as you hoped.  That has happened the most in this last week, where the days have been getting shorter, nights darker and mornings seeming to start later and later.  There have been times in this past week where I have come home from work and just wanted to get a hot cup of tea and sit on the sofa with a good book and relax, and times where I have thought to myself “I can’t do this”, “maybe I should just give up”, but I have carried on as I know that each step I take could help to fund research into cancer treatment.  And each day that I have these thoughts, however fleeting, about not being able to do it, or wanting to give up, I have pushed myself and coaxed myself into carrying on and for those days I feel especially proud of myself for keeping on going.

I am pleased to say that in the last week, despite finding the going a bit more tough than the first few weeks I have managed to  take 76216 steps in total (averaging at 10888 per day), that’s roughly 24.7miles that I have covered (39.75km) and have done a total of 6 hours of exercise.

Despite this last week being harder than I thought it was going to be I have enjoyed being out and about.  Here are some photos that I have taken on my walks in the last week.  I count myself really lucky to have seen all these things and that being outside has had an impact on my heath, both mentally and physically.

So, yesterdays stats…did I reach the “magic” number?

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I hit target!!!

I am aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day for the whole of september in order to raise money for Cancer Research, if you would like to sponsor me or donate, you can visit my Just Giving page where a few clicks will see your donation added to the cause.