Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Marshmallow fluff

I'm not in the kind of shape I want to be in.

I discovered that my new (used) iPod has a pedometer among other things, so on Wednesday, July 7th, I began walking 4000 steps a day. Two weeks later, I was walking 5000, and I've been going up 500 steps every week. Now I'm at 6500 a day (which translates to, for me, 2.7 miles approximately), which means of course that I have to finish my second cup of tea and get my lazy ass moving.

This is a good plan, for me. It allows me to slowly, but not so slowly that I don't get any health benefit, make my way up to 10,000 steps a day, which I should be starting around October 4th.

10,000 daily steps is the recommended exercise by the sexist, classist, fatphobic, disability-unfriendly, healthcare industry.

Since I am a mostly healthy currently-able young person, it's a good goal for me.

Already, I am less stiff come morning (this is helped by the weight-lifting I've also been doing a couple of times a week). Walking is much easier, and I can go much longer distances without needing to stop and rest.

And since discovering Librivox, I'm catching up on some wonderful books. Right now, I'm listening to an Old-Fashioned Girl, which was much beloved in my youth, and next I shall be listening to the Hound of the Baskervilles, which I am ashamed to admit I have never read.

The part that makes me kind of a dork is that I am documenting my fitness on a spreadsheet and graphing the data.

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