Walking

Resevoir_Walk

Everyday I head out for a walk. Getting my steps in on my fitbit, as I’ve mentioned before I do well when motivated and the fitbit badges keep me going. I just got the Japan badge, woo hoo! That’s just over 3,000km.

It’s pretty easy to head out for a walk when the reservoir is so close, it makes for a beautiful walk and I love the nod other people out exercising give each other. It’s like silent encouragement, a subtle thumbs up. The weather has been unseasonably warm and still no sign of snow, this I can live with while I wander along and think about my next move.

Walking

Walking

Last year I bought a fitbit to track my steps and then made a New Year’s resolution this year to do 10,000 steps a day. So far I have kept that resolution except for one day when I was feeling under the weather but I made the steps up the next day.

Still not a habit I want to get into, the goal is to do a minimum of 10,00 steps a day and if I do more GREAT! Otherwise I could see myself getting lazy and trying to make up all 70,000 steps for the week in one day, which would take about nine or ten hours of constant walking.

It’s been pretty easy, the winter has been mild so weather hasn’t been a factor but even on cold days I just head to the mall and wander around until the 10,000 steps are done. Once I’ve done them I always feel so much better for having gotten off my ass to do something.

Walking is also my favourite time to think. If I have a problem or am working out a plan of action I find walking helps me straighten things out, brings me clarity, often brings me insight into a situation once I’ve taken the time to relax and mull over whatever problem I’m trying to sort out. It calms me down and the fresh air always makes me feel better.

I also like walking because I don’t need any special gear, I just throw on my hikers or in the summer my sandals and head out the door. For 10,000 steps you need comfy shoes but not anything heavy duty. If I’m planning on 20,000 steps or more then I find socks, correct support and such becomes much more of a factor.

Walking is also nice because I can take a cup of tea or pick up a coffee to drink while I walk. In the summer it’s nice to walk and feel the sun and I’m looking forward to the weather warming up when I can go farther distances and make an afternoon of it. Taking my camera along to document the world around me. After Kingsley (my basset hound who passed away last October) passed away I wasn’t making the effort to get out and walk. With him around I had to get up and get out because he required, demanded, that we go out.

There was once a quote that said “Walk the dog everyday, even if you don’t have one”.

Or something like that, I’ve probably butchered the original quote, my apologies….

I’ll buy into that, walking does your mind and body good. If you’re like me and work well with validation try getting a pedometer like a fitbit, since I’ve gotten it I haven’t needed to search for the motivation and the thought of missing a day of statistics on my tracker causes me anxiety. Seeing how far I’ve walked and collecting the badges keeps me motivated.

Whatever works for you get up and get out there. Happy walking everyone!

Night Photo

Night_Movement

Taking a photography course makes you get out and try things you wouldn’t normally do. With two assignments a week the course has forced me to get out and use my camera and slowly we are becoming friends.

One assignment was a night shot at a slow shutter speed to show movement. I was pretty happy when this FINALLY turned out. So glad I am taking up this hobby in the digital age. I can’t imagine the frustration with a camera that uses film. Being able to see your photos right away is helpful and frustrating. When it does work though it’s a great feeling.

I’m also taking a writing course and that one we are only on week one. So far not much writing, some reading to do and writing a short introduction of myself for the class. Which is fine but the course is only five weeks and if the whole course moves this slow I’m a little worried about how much I’ll get out of it. It is getting me back to thinking about writing which is good and I’ll give it another week or so before I make a decision.

Also have an interview tomorrow, which I hopes turns out well. I’d like to get back to a routine. A friend and I were talking about it on the weekend about how when you have a lot going on it seems easier to get more stuff done and when you have a bunch of time it’s like everything stretches out. Not as much seems to fit into a day and suddenly getting up seems like the big chore for the day.

I remember working, taking classes, making it to yoga, walking to and from work, meeting up with friends and now that just doesn’t seem possible. I know it is and I hope to get back to that place.

Since the New Year I’ve been getting better at doing more. Lists are magical things for getting stuff done, I love lists and the satisfaction that comes with marking off all of the items on a “To Do” list. Maybe I should get myself some gold stars to boost my motivation, I work well with validation. That’s why the fitbit works so well for me, I can see my progress and it rewards me with badges everyday and also ones for larger milestones. I need a fitbit for life tasks, then I’d get everything done.

10,000 Steps A Day

Rainbow Nanimo

Just before I left for Nanaimo back in July I bought myself a fitbit, a little step tracker that simply counts the number of steps you do in a day and uploads them to your computer. It’s a very easy, lazy way to keep track of how many steps you do.

In the summer and especially in a place as beautiful as Nanaimo, it was easy to get in 10,000 or more steps a day. When you can see a beautiful rainbow and walk along the waterfront it’s easy to get out.

Now I’m back in Calgary and the last few days have been snowy and cold. The good news is that I live close to a mall so I can go and walk in circles until I have my steps for the day done but it doesn’t make for a very entertaining walk. Suddenly those 10,000 steps seem more like a chore. Also it might be bad for the bank account, walking by all those sales.

When the weather is better it’s a great motivator to get out and enjoy the fresh air. It also goes well with my other hobby, photography. Armed with camera and fitbit I spent many lovely afternoons wandering around Nanaimo. When the weather improves here I’ll do the same here, I’ll miss the rainbows and sea walk but Calgary has a lot of great walks as well.

I made a New Year’s resolution to walk 10,000 steps a day. Now I’m wishing I was back in the land of rainbows when I made that resolution. The weather is suppose to warm up later this week and then I’ll be back outside where I find it much easier and much more enjoyable to get the steps done. Many of my long term goals involve hiking and in the big picture the 10,000 steps is nothing compared to what I will need to be able to do for the South West Coast Path or many of the hikes through out Europe. It’s a start though and one I plan to keep up.

If you don’t have one and want an easy way to motivate yourself, I love the fitbit. I find it motivates me to get off my ass and also to push myself to walk more. I just have the simple one that counts steps but there are also ones that track stairs and also your sleep patterns. The online support allows you to track your food and weight as well. I’ve been ever so pleased the little gadget and am curious to see how many steps/kilometres I do over the next twelve months!

In the six months I’ve had the fitbit I’ve tracked just over 900km’s and the fitbit rewards you with badges for the distances you walk. Daily badges for steps in 5,000 step intervals and also distance achievement badges, I just got one for 804km the Serengeti badge, next one is for 1,184 km and I find the badges to be a great motivator as well.

Anybody else have a fitbit? You can also connect with friends and walking groups on the fitbit site to provide even more motivation.