September 06, 2021

My Secret Project

Okay, I don't want that title to mislead anyone (because certainly, I would click on someone's post that had that title) so I will state up front: There is no big reveal in this post. So please feel free to skip this post if you were hoping for something juicy ;) 

I am SO EXCITED about a surprise project I've been working on and I am bursting to share all about it. However, it's for Jerry's birthday (which is on the 14th). Once in a while he actually reads my blog posts, so I'm afraid to post photos or descriptions or anything in case he comes across it.

He does know that I'm working on something, though--he's been forbidden to go in the garage and he may not look at my phone; I've been doing a lot of texting, which is necessary for this project to come together. (I'm not saying that Jerry snoops through my phone--we'd never do that to each other--but I get notifications that you can see if my phone is lying on the table or something.)

I actually started working on all of this about four weeks ago! But it will be 100% worth it. I know he's going to love it. (And of course, I'll post all about it.)

Now, the whole reason I mention all this stuff without giving away the actual project is because I didn't do very well with getting in 8,000 steps a day--a goal I'd made last week. I've spent most of my free time working on Jerry's birthday project. I thought for sure that walking back and forth around the garage for hours would rack up the steps, but apparently not.

Here is what the week has looked like:

I only hit my target of 8,000 steps three out of six days. Not great!

On Wednesday, I was wearing the Fitbit for a while and noticed that I had over 1900 steps. Then I went to sync the Fitbit to the app on my phone (because I hadn't used it in several years) and it deleted the steps and started from 0! I knew that I had seen 19-something, so I just counted that.

Thursday was a really bad day for me. I felt super nauseous ALL DAY LONG. And I ended up going to bed at 7:00 PM!

Yesterday and today, I was working on Jerry's project all day. If I hadn't run today, my count would be 6,000 less than it is right now. I felt like I was super active, because I was very busy in the garage, but that obviously doesn't translate to steps.

Basically, this week was spent just getting used to wearing the Fitbit again. I'm not ditching the goals, though; I'm going to modify them a bit. On the days that I run, it's not hard at all to get in 8,000 steps (a 3-mile run is about 6,000 steps). On the days that I don't run, I really struggle to find ways to get the steps in. So, I'm going to have two different step goals: one for the days I run and one for the days I don't.

I'm also going to make the goals a little less ambitious now that I know how hard it is to get in so many steps. I can add more every couple of weeks or so as I get used to finding opportunities to get in more steps. (I love going for walks in the fall, so that will help.)

On the days I run, I'm going to aim for 8,500. And on the days that I don't run, I'm going to aim for 5,000. I'm also going to choose one day a week where I don't count steps at all. (Like that day I felt sick all day--I felt pathetic that my step count was so low!)

Tomorrow is Transformation Tuesday, and I only have one transformation to post--so please, send me some! Remember, it only takes five minutes to transform something. Let's see what you have :)


  1. Do you not walk your dog anymore, surely that would get in steps?

    1. I do--I walk him about a mile, and each of my kids walks him for a mile a day. The main reason I wanted to set a step-goal was to get in more unintentional exercise throughout the day. To me, "intentional" exercise is when I go for a walk, or a run, or bike ride, etc. Unintentional would be things like parking in the spot farthest from the entrance, walking to the mailbox (ours is 1/4 mile away) instead of picking up the mail as I drive past, carrying one bag of groceries at a time into the house instead of loading them up in a single trip, etc. Hopefully that clarifies it! :)

  2. Can't wait to see the surprise gift! And good for you for always being willing to modify and find what works for you. Thanks for continuing to inspire us.


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