By the Numbers

1. I bought a pedometer.


They say (who are they?) that you’re supposed to take 10,000 steps a day. I didn’t think that sounded like a big deal at first, but hot damn, that is a lot of steps. I average about 2,500 steps a day just walking around work and the house (no exercise). I’ve been wearing this thing for a week and I’ve gotten over 10k once – the day I ran five freakin’ miles. Even the days I ran three miles, I didn’t get 10k. WTF? Ten thousand steps is approximately six miles. Who walks that much on a normal basis? I really need to get out of my desk job.

Usually I don’t put the pedometer on until I leave the house in the morning to allow for a margin of error, but that’s not more than a few hundred steps that I’m not counting. So now, I feel like a lazy piece of poo because of a $20 piece of plastic. Now I’m obsessed with taking more steps. Instead of standing in front of the microwave while I heat up my lunch, I walk in circles around the kitchen at work like an idiot. Or I’ll walk to the bathroom even though I don’t have to go. You will not win, pedometer!

Now, I just need to figure out a way to wear it so I don’t look like a 1990’s drug dealer.

2. It’s time to make a goal.

I’m going to Texas for three weeks, which means three weeks without Crossfit. *sniff* I’ll still do Crossfit-type workouts in the hotel room but I’m limited to what exercises I can do. Plus, my motivation to work out in a small room is non-existent when I can can lay on the bed and practice eating cookies instead.


So I thought I would make a running goal. I’m going to run at least one mile every day. Or I should say, most days because every day sounds hard. I guess running that much is a goal in itself, but I also want to see how fast I can get that one mile. I’ll start with a baseline (which will probably be around a 9 minute mile) and see what I can work up to. It would be cool if I could do a full mile somewhere in the seven minute range but that sounds fast and hard. And that’s what she said.

3. Reason #1 I will never be able to eat oats in a jar.

4. If you like me on Facebook or follow me on the Twitter, you may have seen me gush about this already but I just have to say it here too: the Color Me Rad race is awesome. All their race photos sell for $4.00 or less. I wish more races would take note.

Of course, I had to support them with those prices.

5. Get these. Eat them. Immediately.

6. I plastered this one all over FB and Twitter too, but I just can’t help but share the adorable again.

I’m gonna miss that girl.

Have a good weekend and I’ll talk to you again from Texas.


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25 responses to “By the Numbers

  1. I have a FitBit and a pedometer, and yep…it’s tough to get 10,000 steps…might be more realistic to get 5,000 a day….which is better than the 2,500 – 3,000 I average, too. I don’t wear either all the time. More often my Fitbit, tho, just b/c it tracks more and it’s smaller.

    You are lookin’ good Paula! šŸ™‚

    And, that picture of your bunny is sooooo dang cute! šŸ™‚

    • Paula

      I came really close to getting the Fitbit but didn’t want to spend that much money. Maybe if I did, I could clip that thing to my bra and not look like I’m wearing a gigantic pager. That might have been worth the extra money.

  2. Super cute dress, lady! I am now imagining you walking in circles whilst microwaving. Thank you for that mental picture. It’ll keep me giggling all day.

    • Paula

      Thank you! Lee saw me walking around and when another co-worker asked where I was, he said, “she is in mortal kombat with her pedometer.” haha. Classic.

  3. I NEED those Oreos in my life, like right now! If you need a weekend running buddy, drive down to San Antonio and we can hang out!

    • Paula

      You do need those in your life. Trust me.
      If it were only that easy! We get 1 rental car per 3-4 people, so we’re only getting two cars. Now if you can convince all of my co-workers to come along, you might have a deal!

  4. I’ve worn a pedometer for years & am shocked how far you have to go to get the 10,000 steps in… but its a daily goal. I hate desk jobs. They say its so bad for your health to sit that much.

  5. Bethany

    I have a fitbit and walk my dog twicw a day on days I do not run and just make 10,000 on those days. It is tough.

  6. Haha a drug dealer from the 1990’s. That’s awesome. So is your dress šŸ™‚

  7. The picture of Pants is so cute!

    I thought I was so cool with my pager in High School. I think they make some pedometers that are cuter looking but as long as it works, I wouldn’t worry.

  8. Pam S

    So first I had to get my American peeps to ship me some birthday cake Oreos to London when you posted about them and now the coconut fudge covered ones, yumm!!! Luckily I’m going back home in a few weeks so I won’t have to wait as long this time, definitely going to have to stock up!! šŸ™‚

    • Paula

      I’m going to have to say these are better than the birthday cake ones. It’s probably best not to have them in the house, actually. šŸ™‚

  9. Mz. Teri

    That gif totally cracks me up! The belly exercise it is doing would actually be a great exercise if you could master it before eating all the cookies! šŸ˜‰

  10. I know I don’t walk 10,000 steps a day. Fuck, I haven’t even left my house in 2 days.

    Fuck the guidelines. #thuglife

  11. Amber K

    That’s so funny because I was just reading that you get benefits from even half that so-quoted 10,000 number. But that “rule” is specifically why I’ve never bought a pedometer. I don’t wanna know…

  12. I would like to get a pedometer. I am a teacher and walk ALL DAY. I’ll be interesting to see how many steps I take each day. šŸ™‚

  13. I love Texas. I get jealous anytime anyone is going there. Its dumb because Ive only ever been to Dallas and Texas is a massive state with, Im sure, many many boring parts. šŸ™‚

  14. skinnyrunner

    i got a fitbit and either i think im supremely lazy when the number’s low or that its a dirty filthy liar and cant be that high. so basically a lose/lose.

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