For several years I have been pretty comfortable with my body, post-pregnancies. Running and eating healthy got me to a size that I think suits me. I have energy, I feel good, my doctor is happy, and my husband & kids love me. Picture perfect, right?
So, what happened?
I spent a Christmas gift card on upgrading my running watch. I wanted one with a heart monitor to learn more about me. What is normal for me at rest, while running, when I perform HIIT circuits… What is MY normal so that I can be aware if anything becomes abnormal.
This watch also tracks my steps. I set my goal at 10,000 per day. If I get those in during my morning run I try to get an extra 5,000 non-running steps in. So far I have been successful.
It also warns me to move if I am still for an hour. Whether sitting or standing it will vibrate and the screen reads MOVE! I know a lot of people ignore this, or turn the feature off. I decided to go with it. We can be watching a movie or playing a game and my whole family will get up! We walk circles in our living room until it goes off.
My husband and I also started taking a 1 mile power walk after dinner. While our kids shower and make their lunches for school, Matt and I walk the block around our house (so we can still hear the kids if they need us). We keep a steady clip and most days we actually break a sweat during that 1 mile.
How has this watch, my step goal and a small change in my evening routine affected me?
In 2 ½ weeks, I lost 6 lbs!
I swear to you, I did NOT think that I had 6 lbs to lose! It isn’t a noticeable loss, at least I don’t think so. My pants fit better, but I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t finally stepped on the scale.
What have I learned from this little trial?
- MOVEMENT MATTERS! No matter how big (or small), simply doing something for a few minutes at different times of the day can have a huge impact on your health!
- I LOVE this reminder to move. I am a naturally active person. Even I was shocked the first few days at how often it “yelled” at me. If I, a person able to move throughout the day accidentally becomes a victim of being stagnant… imagine how much more movement a person with an office job needs.
- I LOVE walking with my husband. Our kids are our world, but having those few minutes to chat uninterrupted makes it seem less like exercise!
If you haven’t already, find a free app and set a step goal! You might be pleasantly surprised by the difference this little step reminder can make in your own life!