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A Week of Walking 10,000 Steps Per Day

Happy #NationalWalkingMonth!

A while back I set myself the challenge of walking more. Last week I finally conjured up the motivation to start. I decided to do the recommended 10,000 steps per day for a week to see how I would feel. I walked to work, went for a quick stroll at lunch and then walked home. Luckily this amounted to exactly the number of steps that I needed for the day! In total each day I walked for around 1 hour and 40 minutes, with my mile count at about 4.5 miles per day.

Monday – 10,280 steps

On Monday I felt good! I felt energised after walking to work and I was early for a change! I couldn’t wait to get out and have a proper break at lunch. When back in the office I was focused and productive and didn’t feel the 3 o’clock slump. After my walk home I didn’t feel tired at all and could probably have done more walking if it wasn

Tuesday – 10,621 steps

On Tuesday I felt even more energised, the sun was shining and I was early for work again. I went for a longer walk at lunch because it was such a nice day. I was excited to walk home as I’d had a particularly productive day and so I wanted some thinking time before I had to sit down to my uni assignment.

Wednesday – 10,215 steps

On Wednesday I felt a little drained. I don’t know whether this was due to the stress that comes with uni assignments or the walking but it didn’t stop me from doing my steps. I took a shorter walk at lunch as there are fewer people in the office on Wednesdays but I was glad of this! I managed to submit my assignment and get a decent night’s sleep ready for tomorrow’s walking.

Thursday – 10,546 steps

On Thursday I felt a lot less drained but oh my calves!! I struggled to walk with pace because my legs were really tight. When I got home I did some stretches and they really helped, but it’s something I am going to have to continue to do until I’m a bit more flexible! I also think this was down to the fact that I hadn’t been drinking enough water. Something I’m quite often guilty of. Nevertheless, I still got my steps done and felt proud that I’d kept it up this far.

Friday – 12,064 steps

Friday was also a struggle on the legs to the point where I wasn’t going to walk at lunch. I hadn’t taken any lunch to work so that forced me out. I walked to my sister’s house after work, which took me about an hour. When I got there I was exhausted but after a quick drink and a rest I was dancing around the living room with my niece!

Saturday – 11,524 steps

I worked on Saturday and so this meant walking both ways. I felt energised again and with only 8,000 steps from the work journey I was trying to think of ways to up the step count. Getting the bus rather than accepting a lift helped with this and pushed my steps to where I needed them.

Sunday – 11,531 steps

I was worried about how I would fit all of my steps in on a day off work so I arranged to go for a walk with the BFF. We went to Crackley Wood Nature Reserve, where all of the bluebells were in bloom. It was beautiful and also nice and flat so easy on the calves as they were still aching.

img_6934I really enjoyed my walking week challenge. Throughout the whole process I haven’t lost any weight but I haven’t really been keeping an eye on my diet and that wasn’t my aim. I definitely feel in better shape for it! I am going to continue to do at least 10,000 steps per day until my calves stop aching. After this I am going to bump the step count up to 15,000 by taking an evening stroll.

How do you get the recommended daily steps? Any tips on calf stretching? I’d love to hear from you!

LGx

My Weekend [with photos!]

I have been in a particularly good mood this weekend, possibly because the sun has been shining and I have been really productive!

Friday evening was nice and chilled, I bought some cheeses, pork pie and crackers to have a ‘bits & bobs’ dinner and settled down to watch Pretty Woman for the first time. I absolutely loved it. Definitely one to add to my list of favourites!

Saturday morning was super productive! Listening to the radio instead of watching TV helped me to sit down and focus on studying without any distraction. I got loads of reading done and a bit of adulting in between (urgh, bills!). I recently moved my living room around because I didn’t like the fact that I was facing the wall with my back to the room when I was studying. I moved my sofas to create a cosy, separate space for chilling and then changed the dining table setting so that it felt more like a study space. Everything is now closer to hand if I need it and I actually want to sit there and be productive thanks to the addition of a few pretty pieces.

In the afternoon I met the bestie for a light lunch and some drinks at The Golden Cross.  It’s one of the oldest pubs in Coventry and has just been done up. I had a BLT, which was very nice (except for the rocket, I hate rocket!) and it was very reasonably priced at just a fiver. I loved the new VW wallpaper in the toilets and may have taken a selfie (or ten). We ventured on to the Campbell, now called the Phoenix and shared a bottle of prosecco. Feeling a bit tipsy, we decided to have a chilled out evening and reminisced of the days when we used to go out every single week, how did we manage to afford it?!

After staying with the bestie for the night, I walked home on Sunday. There was glorious sunshine and the Spring flowers and blossom trees were in full bloom. It took me about an hour and meant that I could have a good walk in my new trainers that I bought for walking to and from work. (You may have read in a previous blog post that I was attempting to up my walking game this year, a little update: I now average about 8 to 10,000 steps per day, woo!).

On Sunday afternoon I went to see the BFF. We had a BBQ then went out to take a few photos for work. I was loving the outdoor sunshine so much that we decided to go and find a couple of Geocaches that were close to us. It’s so surprising how close to nature you often are. We only crossed the street to find that a gate opened out into big fields with lovely views. The sun was setting slightly, which made for some nice photos. We found both Geocaches this time, one behind some stinging nettles, ouch!

I have loved this weekend and spending time with those that are close to me. It goes to show that you can have a productive weekend while still being social at the same time!

My New Top (It’s a hand-me-down!)
Love this wallpaper <3
Sunset whilst Geocaching
A Funny Find in one of the Geocaches
Geocaching!
Red Sky at Night

 LGx

New Found Love – Geocaching!

I have discovered something new and you’re going to love it.

When I say new, it’s actually quite old now. It all started in 2000 according to www.geocaching.com when the technology became available to track objects by their specific GPS location.

I’m talking about the worldwide treasure hunt known as Geocaching. To play along you download the app, set about walking and try to find hidden capsules along the way. In these capsules you find little bits of treasure or nik naks, then either swap something or place your own in for somebody else to find! You often find a piece of paper where you can write the date you found the capsule and your username from the app.

Not only is this a fun activity but it gets you out and about in your local area or even further afield, if you’re willing to travel. I was surprised at how many of these I have walked past, without even noticing them!

Just look at the beautiful scenery I have come across thanks to Geocaching…

 

Ryton Pools Autumn Woodland Walk

Yesterday I went on a lovely Autumnal country walk at Ryton Pools. The leaves were floating gently to the ground all around me and it was all very calm. I love walking at this time of year, here’s why:

  1. There are hardly any people around – who wants to go out in the cold, right?
  2. The colours are amazing! – so much more to see than in summer (including mushrooms!!).
  3. You don’t get hot and sweaty – nothing worse than rocking up to the pub after for that (well deserved) pint looking like you’ve accidentally fallen in the lake.
  4. You get to accessorise – who doesn’t love a woolly hat and scarf??

Don’t get me wrong, you need to be prepared for mud and the possibility of rain but that’s what makes it feel like an adventure.

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