Let’s Get Healthy Together Week 18: The 10000 Step Crew

This post is written as part of a journey inspired by the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s My Healthy Weight Action Plan, an online tool geared towards helping you live a healthier life. Feel free to get caught up on previous posts: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 13, Week 14, Week 15, Week 16, Week 17

Here are the stats to show my progress in my “Get Healthy Challenge”:

Start Weight: 190 pounds Starting BMI: 28.9
End of Week 1: 185 pounds End of Week 1 BMI: 28.1
End of Week 4: 179 pounds End of Week 4 BMI: 27.2
End of Week 8: 175 pounds End of Week 8 BMI: 26.6
End of Week 11: 175 pounds End of Week 11 BMI: 26.6
End of Week 14: 175 pounds End of Week 14 BMI: 26.6
End of Week 15: 175 pounds End of Week 15 BMI: 26.6
End of Week 16: 173 pounds End of Week 16 BMI: 26.3
End of Week 17: 175 pounds End of Week 17 BMI: 26.6

My goal is to reach a normal BMI which would be 24.9 (the top of what is considered a “normal” BMI) at 164 pounds and from there, I plan to reassess.

Well, I have clearly hit my plateau as evidenced by the continuous weight (for the most part) since the end of month TWO of doing this amazing journey.

Why have I hit my plateau? Likely because while I am still keeping up with my new eating habits (most of the time), I am not finding the motivation to exercise as much as I should and in general, although my food choices are much healthier than they were before, I believe I must be eating too much!

So….what to do?!

Well, thanks to my friend over at Insane Mamacita, I have joined a 10000 Step Challenge where I wear a Pedometer all day and keep track of how many steps I have taken. The goal is to reach 10000 steps each day. This is not always as easy as it sounds.

I find it amazing how much motivation a silly little step counter can provide. I find myself peeking at it throughout the day and it actually encourages me to do a few extra flights of stairs or to actually head out on a walk in the evening! The beauty of it is, the number doesn’t lie! What you see is what you get. If you do an extra flight of stairs, the number goes up. If you go out for a walk, the number REALLY goes up! It sounds crazy, but it is actually fun for me to see.

The first week, I didn’t own a pedometer the entire time, but I was able to reach a week total of 75407. This week I walked 57265 steps. I must mention that I had a wee incident with my pedometer, it fell in the toilet. So, it spend 1.5 days drying out (and disinfecting) before it worked again. I wonder how many steps I would have recorded had it not fallen off!

There is a small group of us who are keeping track of our steps together. This also helps to provide accountability and motivation. We are supporting one another in this group too. I just love how women support one another in weight loss/get healthy adventures. Without my support group, I truly believe that I would not be where I am today. Instead of wallowing in my plateau, I have decided to embrace the fact that I have lost 15 pounds which is definitely nothing to sneeze at!

The main motivator in my Getting Healthy challenge has been the Online Tracking Tool available FREE by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. I am able to easily track (by hand or online) the foods that I eat, the times that I eat and the breakdown of how items from each category I consume in a meal or day. I can also track how I am feeling each day and the amount and type of exercise that I accomplish. The My Healthy Weight Action Plan Tool has helped to motivate me and guide me to becoming a healthier individual.

This week, I received a great article from the Healthy Weight Action Plan! The article discusses What Everyone Should Know About Blood Pressure. After reading this article, I will be reassessing my grocery list to ensure that I am buying the proper foods at the store in order to reduce my risk (and my family’s risk) of Hypertension (high blood pressure).

Did you know that “with proper diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure, you can cut your risk of stroke by up to 40 percent and heart attack by up to 25 percent.” Source: The Heart and Stroke Foundation

Here are some Blog Hops if you are interested in checking them out:

Some of my friends who are also trying to be healthier and are blogging about it are:

Ok, your turn. Tell me what one of your “staying healthy” challenges was this week!

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12 Responses to Let’s Get Healthy Together Week 18: The 10000 Step Crew

  1. Sober Julie says:

    I’m taking our walking seriously this week, I’ve been told about a new trail nearby which I’m going to check out

  2. Stacey says:

    Sounds like a great way to get your heart up for a good cause. Walking has always been a huge part of our family; my father has had High BP since I can remember so we have always been very conscious of how to maintain heart health.

  3. The online tracking tool sounds neat. Will have to check it out.

  4. Getting 10k steps in is sooooooo hard! I haven’t cracked 5k yet!
    And man oh man i am jealous of your loss! I’m at 192 right now..praying i can get down to at least 175!
    You rock girl! send some of your awesomeness this way! 🙂

  5. Tammy says:

    I hear you on plateau I am stuck @ 169, I lost 10 lbs in 30 days… still 30 to go! Exercise is my reason too! I use to exercise before kids 4-5 days a week. I just gotta get my butt loving it again! Good luck!

  6. satakieli says:

    This is great, sounds like something I really need to do! I walk a lot anyway (we don’t own a car) but really need to keep track and make sure I do enough!

  7. I hear ya, after this last month my motivation for exercise hasn’t been super and I’ve been less pumped to do any exercise, but I have been walking around the neighborhood lately, not today, since it’s raining, but I’ve been making myself walk to get the mail, walking to my sister in law’s house (two blocks over) for dinner, etc. This sounds like a wonderful activity to start. Good luck girly, I’m sure you’ll be able to reach your goal soon, you’re doing awesome!

  8. Laural Dawn says:

    Love it!
    And I’m so glad to hear you rescued the pedometre! Good work on that.
    I’m doing the nike + thing for running. Not the same – but the concept of checking in and measuring is amazing!!! I love it. I find myself going further just so I can get the little reminder that I went my furthest distance.
    Also … sometimes when you break a plateau you break it monumentally which is awesome!

  9. Denise G says:

    Good for you! You are doing so well and you are so focused! I should start walking myself.

  10. NPC says:

    I keep meaning to buy a pedometer and I totally goofed with my FF post. Anyway, you are killing it with the steps girl… Make sure you are eating enough and change it up a little. And all you ladies inspire me so much with your motivation to keep going. Ups and downs, we are all doing great!

  11. el03ro says:

    November 27-Let’s get healthy together–week 18–You are right to accentuate the positive, You have lost 15 pounds to date. That is impressive. I am at half that number so far. My challenges is that old ‘bugaboo’-not enough exercise! Hold on for the duration and the scale will move. isn’t the support of other wonem wonderful?! Elva Roberts

  12. Elva Roberts says:

    I think you are very courageous to tell us about your weight loss journey. I am on one also, not for the first time. I have also bought a pedometer and it does, indeed, a great many steps to get to 10,000. I haven’t reached that goal yet, but it gives me incentive.

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