Day 535 – Surprising screenshots

Yesterday turned out to be a pretty good day. I pushed myself (on doctor’s orders) to see what I could get done, and I got quite a lot done. Yes, I am suffering a little bit today, but nowhere near as much as I would have expected.

I’m almost – almost – daring to hope that I’ve turned a corner.

I put my watch on for the first time in weeks, mainly just to keep an eye on my heart rate (doctor’s orders again), and well, wow, look at this:

A whole dog walk round the block, sure, but the steps! The steps!
That’s the first time I’ve even come close to that figure since I got this damn thing. I really wasn’t aiming for anything, so it was a huge surprise when I spotted it.

Other points: 72 resting HR is still too high, but that’s why I had the watch on. 150bpm is also still too high, considering I didn’t actually do anything strenuous (yes, you guessed it, doctor’s orders). And the stress level, well that’s always a bit of an outlier on the days that I watch United play.

Although…

Wow. Amazing.

We’ve been waiting to spank someone for about 18 months now, so this was long overdue. And yes, it was “only” Peterborough, but we’ve been drawing to “only” Luton and losing to “only Huddersfield” recently, so this was really great to watch (if a little stressful for at least the first 51 minutes) (see above).

But aside from the result – even better than the result perhaps – this was a cohesive, skillful, positive, enthusiastic, even occasionally awe-inspiring Blades’ performance. Just look at the quality of those goals. JUST LOOK AT THEM!

I’m almost – almost – daring to hope that we’ve turned a corner.

Day 527 – Steps

Just a quickie:

This sounds positive. I have a good record with this – or rather, I did. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I haven’t managed to get in my 10,000 steps since being home to this damn virus. Things have obviously slipped a bit since then and it hasn’t even been worth charging my watch up, let alone putting it on.

But I do plan to get back to it as soon as I can.

Day 485 – Trying to keep going

I’m going to try to keep my blogging record going. My steps record died a very quick death on Tuesday, after 820 days of consistently managing 10,000 steps each day. I haven’t managed a single recorded step since then.

My current blogging record is actually somewhat longer than that 820 days so I’m doing all I can to keep it going so that Covid doesn’t ruin everything, slipping in a short one (careful now) whenever I am able.

Day 395 – Two years

I’ve managed to achieve the heady goal of doing at least 10,000 steps (or more) (very often very much more) every single day for over two years now. Since the day after this day, in fact.

And yes, that’s even allowing for last year’s extra February day.

Much like publishing a blog post every day, I generally have no issue with completing more than 10,000 steps. Only occasionally will you find me wandering around the house or garden in the late evening dragging the count from the mid 9000s to the holy grail of five figures. There have been times when it was a bit of a struggle, though.

Meh. Might not be much to anyone else, but it’s made sure that I keep myself vaguely active since 2019 (and before).
Here’s to the next two years. (No guarantees.)

Day 27 – Just done it!

This doesn’t seem to be a big deal for many people, but it’s quite a big deal for me.
Yesterday marked 366 (because 2020 is a leap year) consecutive days of doing over 10,000 steps each day.

I’d be past 500 days if it wasn’t for a pesky virus (not that one) that I got 367 days ago. I managed 12 steps that day.

I know that there is some discussion about whether the 10,000 steps thing is useful (I even discussed that myself here), but for me, it’s been very helpful to have something to aim for each day.

And while on some days it’s been very straightforward to get my goal, there have been (plenty of) others when I have really had to push myself. Which has been a huge positive. It’s helped me make some better decisions (exercise-wise, at least): I will walk to the shops instead of drive; if I need to get up out of my chair and move, I will; and if it takes n laps of the house to get to 10,000 before bed – I’m on it.

It’s been especially hard during lockdown, so I have had to push myself again to get out and about. This has almost killed me on one occasion, but also kept me sane on others.

Day 367 is actually going to be quite tough. I’m achy and tired and I really don’t feel like exercising. But that’s very much the point I’m trying to make: I will raise my game to get my steps today instead of moping around.

And that’s a good thing.