Such behavior should not surprise you by now. After all, you don’t lose twenty percent of your body mass by not exercising on days when the weather isn’t perfect.
If you think walking in the rain is nuts, then maybe I shouldn’t tell you that it was actually snowing when I left for my run this morning.
I ran 3.6 snowy miles before dawn because that’s what you do when you’re dedicated to getting into shape.
We’re currently engaged in a Wellness Challenge at work. One of the other businesses in our building threw down the gauntlet on a step off. They formed a team of nine people, and said they could collect more steps than we could over a five week period.
My office formed three teams of nine, and now every day, no matter what the time, you can find groups of employees walking in the parking lot.
It’s really pretty cool to see so many coworkers engaged in a fitness activity at a time of year when the weather is getting a bit intimidating.
We’ve got one more week left in the battle, and my team is currently in the lead. That could be because I’m collecting 150,000 steps a week.
Because I never stop.
A coworker on one of the other teams saw me walking on my break today, and told me that I must walk in my sleep given the large numbers I post.
Don’t worry. I’m not a sleepwalker.
Like I said, I’m serious about getting into shape.
Here’s a picture of my out in the snow this morning. It was just a dusting, but I intend to keep running even when more snow falls this winter.
I’m seven and a half months into this weight loss and exercise program, and I don’t want to blow it all by having a lazy winter. I’m going to stay motivated and do my best to keep going through the snow.
We had out monthly company Wellness Meeting this week. Obviously, I’m the Wellness Rep for my office.
We were discussing this Virgin Pulse program that we’ve been trialing since April 1, and my friend Dani, who is quite easy on the eyes, declared that she refuses to be friends with me on the app because there’s no way she can beat my weekly totals.
Then the HR rep who runs the Wellness Committee told Dani she understands what she means because we are friends on the app and she can never beat my score. She did add, though, that she uses it as motivation to push herself harder.
Dani just shook her head emphatically and said she can’t keep up with me, so she’s not going to friend me on the app.
I was flattered to be singled out in front of the Wellness Committee in such a manner. Just seven and a half months ago, no one would have been worried about keeping up with me.
I was fat.
Out of shape.
And rarely left the couch.
Now I’m out walking in the rain because I’m determined to get my 150,000 steps for tomorrow’s check in for our Wellness Challenge.
Was there ever a doubt I’d get that 150,000?
I’m at 153,000 right now.
The best thing about all this, aside from looking and feeling better, has been helping my coworkers get active. I didn’t realize how much I’d enjoy giving advice and motivating others to get into shape.
Next year is going to be rough because the cost of the company medical insurance is going up substantially. I’m ready to help my fellow employees take their personal wellness more seriously.
If we can stay healthy, maybe the cost of the insurance won’t shoot up again next year. At the very least, we will all be in better shape.
I really like that creepy selfie of me out in the rain. The raindrops were falling on my head, but I didn’t care because I was burning calories and melting fat.
It’s going to take more than a little rain to stop the Energizer Man. I just keep going and and going and going…