WWW – Upping My Step Count

Weekly Wednesday Weigh-In: 5 Weeks PostpartumOkay, I know I said I was focusing on nutrition more than exercise this month, but so far it’s been a little bit the opposite. My daily average step count has gone from 3,000 to 9,000. That’s a big change! I even had a 20k step day last weekend, which crushed my previous record of 14k set just last week. It feels good to be moving again – which is SO much easier with longer days and warmer weather. I’m trying really hard to stay in the top 10 of my Fitbit friends, which as of right now requires a 9,500/day average step count (and the top “stepper” has almost a 20k/day average). Y’all are insane, you know that?

At any rate, I’m never going to walk 20k steps/day when I sit at a desk 9 hours a day, but I am working my butt off to try to average closer to 10k, and I hope I can keep that up! I really want to get back into my C210k app. There is a 10k in the neighboring town on the 4th of July that I did the summer before I got pregnant with Stella, and I’d like to try to do that again. There is also a half marathon between that town and here that we’ve talked about doing in memory of Jaime.

DAMN, I just went to the website to link to it and realized I will be in MN that weekend. Ugh. Well, I do want to get motivated to do something like that soon!

As for tracking food, I do well until the weekend, and usually Friday night and all day Saturday I just give up on tracking because we’re drinking beers and grilling out and…ya, I don’t want to get overly insane about tracking since I’m toeing the line with keeping this an exercise in healthy weight loss and not disordered eating. On the flip side, I probably won’t seriously lose weight unless I track those miscellaneous weekend calories that add up so quickly. Things are always a work in progress.

Just to repeat, these have been my goals for 4-5 months postpartum:

  • Track my food in MFP every day and stay within the allowed limits (I have it set at a 0.5# loss per week & it syncs with my FitBit)
  • Do some sort of workouts on both Saturday & Sunday when I have Charlie around to help with the kids

I’m going to keep working on tracking in MFP and keep doing good workouts on Wednesdays/Saturdays/Sundays when I’m not at work and/or have help from Charlie.

Next week I plan to give an update on measurements, weight, goals, etc. at 5 months postpartum (how am I 5mpp already?!).

How are you all doing with your fitness / healthy living goals?


  1. I try to get my 10k a day as well. Some days are easier than others!

    1. Ya, I struggle to get to 6k on my work days (I work 4d/wk), so that means Wed/Sat/Sun I need to average over 15k/day to get to a 10k/day average. It’s hard!!!

  2. It’s easy to get 20K/day when I’m not working. Though I did spend 45 minutes walking around the unit on friday and satruday nights while at work 🙂 Working at a desk may pay the bills, but it’s not good for increasing step count! You’re doing awesome all things considered!

  3. mcmissis · · Reply

    I noticed you jumped up above me at one point when I checked. I was pissed! 🙂 Poppy is needing muuuuuuuch less bouncing now; so my “steps” are plummeting :/ And you clearly are making a great effort at the same time!!!

    BUT my lower numbers have actually encouraged me to move more, which I realize is the point of all this; I’m just surprised it’s actually working!

    1. Haha, ya, FitBit friends can be a great motivator to work out more for sure.

  4. Esperanza · · Reply

    You know where I am these days. My period is kind of way laying me right now–the cramps are awful. I hope to get back to moving more when I’m done feeling shitty.

  5. LOVE seeing you jump up the ranks! You are giving me a run for my money! Which is actually motivating me to move even more. I can’t catch the crazies ahead of me, but I won’t let you catch me…I WON’T!!! (You will!)

    1. Haha, I probably won’t catch you today, but I’ll try to do well this weekend. I’ll be sad when my 20k day from last Saturday drops off though!

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