Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Pedometer...

Have you ever worn one?




I'll be joining group of friends at a ranch in California in early November, where we are to "relinquish all responsibility", hike {alot}, yoga, detox, and hopefully find inner and everlasting peace {though they did not promise this part}.

Last week we each received a pedometer to keep track of our steps. My first day was not very impressive, it was sort of an office day.

I finished with an unimpressive score of 726, putting me in the "sedentary" category ~ ouch!

According to a study out of Arizona State University: 
fewer than 5000 steps is considered sedentary {so I guess on my office days I am super~sedentary} 
between 5,000 and 7,499 is called "low active"
between 7,500 and 9,999 strides is called "somewhat active"
one must take at least 10,000 steps a day to be considered "active"

While at the ranch we will cover at least 10 miles a day in the California canyons and eat very few, very healthy, vegetarian, organic calories.

Not on the menu:
meat
caffeine 
alcohol {including vin blanc..truly!}
artificial sweeteners
sugar
soft drinks and juice

The thirty day packet includes steps for eliminating the above things from your diet so you can manage the activities on the ranch without suffering the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawals.

Other things that are recommended for success is an increasing amount of crunches and sit-ups per week, yoga, deep breathing and developing a greater awareness of some of your eating habits. Also, they recommend not eating after dark and going to be earlier each night.

The college tours have helped me to stay "on~stride"so far. 
Now I must tackle everything else.


8 comments:

I Dream Of said...

What a wonderful adventure. I wish I was going with you -- I'm sure I could use a few more steps in my life. Of course, I'll be going the the opposite direction, eating and drinking it up in Spain...

red ticking said...

sounds amazing where so i sign up?

red ticking said...

we have to get togther i have so much to share with you what i am doing now... we are on a similar path...xx

Splendid Market said...

I don't know Jeannie ~ wining and dining through Spain sounds pretty good. Removing coffee from my routine has been brutal!

Pam, come on down, the ranch in malibu.

Splendid Market said...

Pam, start striding now!

Renae said...

Your girls weekend sounds fab! I have worn a pedometer before, it's eye opening for sure. I'm such a type A, that I made sure that I at the minimum had 10,000 steps! Now I have a Garmin GPS on my bicycle and the number I'm most excited about is the calories burned! In an hour and a half, I usually burn around 1300, woohoo!

Carrie said...

Wow!! Your weekend sounds blissful. I could use one but I'd be scared to put on a pedometer. I don't think I could handle the results. :)

Splendid Market said...

Renae ~ have you been peeking in my windows? The other night, I had my dog and my daughter running laps around the kitchen island with me just to break 10k!