8,000 steps challenge: mid-month update

Friday will be the official halfway point with my steps challenge so I thought now would be the perfect time to give you all an update on how it’s going. If you remember from my previous post I challenged myself to walk 8,000 steps every day in September.

To start off, I want to say that this is a lot harder than I thought it would be and honestly, I’m not sure if this kind of challenge is one that is mentally healthy for me. I find myself spending too much time worrying about how I’m going to get my steps in for the day – I wake up stressing about it and I go to bed stressing about it. Not really the best feeling to have.

Ever since I got my Fitbit, I’ve never viewed my steps as a hard number that I have to reach. I have always utilized it more as a tool to check my activity level and make sure that I am moving. So I’m a little frustrated with myself that I would want to alter this mindset and essentially shackle myself to this notion that if I don’t hit a certain number of steps a day that I’m failing.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some good aspects to this challenge that I do like. I’m walking more during the day, I’m enjoying spending my work breaks outside and away from my desk, and even if I don’t hit 8,000 I’m still hitting at least 6,000 steps (which is my goal when not doing this challenge).

So I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to take a step back, take a deep breath, and relax. I’m going to still finish the challenge and still push myself to be more active but if I don’t hit that magic number then hey, I don’t hit it. It happens. But at least I’m moving and at least I’m trying.

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