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U Turn – end of week 2

August 11, 2014

OK. Let’s take a minute to celebrate progress.

Lobsang, a Buddhist monk, emphasized that we should focus on progress, not perfection. I need to remember this, because sometimes I fall short of perfection (usually, in fact), and then just abandon the project, forgetting that progress is slow and lumpy.


One of my starting initiatives is to walk 10,000 steps every day. Seems reasonable enough as I live in an area that is not shelled daily by warring factions in some type of jihad or genocide. Thank you, God (by all your names), for giving me a safe place to live. OK, so I am starting with walking.

Since starting this U-Turn on July 29th, (2 weeks) I have accomplished the following:

  • Hiked Mt. Wachusett
  • Walked around Walden Pond
  • Walked 10,000 steps 10 out of 11 days.
  • Kept my fitbit on me every day.

Let’s talk about my fitbit. My fitbit counts steps, miles, and flights of stairs. It can keep track of how much I sleep, but, since sleeping is one of my personal strengths, I’m not too worried about that. Fitbit has a nice online dashboard where I can log what I eat, and see how my calories in and out relate.  I guess a second initiative is to keep my fitbit with me daily, to help me track my activity. Also, I just love graphs and charts, and fitbit makes so many of those.  Oh, and even if you do not own a fitbit gadget, you can set up an online account and track your foods and activity, and still have some nice graphs.

Activity Graph

[OK. The graph is a screen capture using Evernote. So, I am testing out a lot of various tech powers in this little blog-within-a-blog. Lucky you!]

So, to wrap up this initial 2 weeks. The goals:

  • walk 10,000 steps daily
  • wear fitbit
  • log my food in fitbit online
  • write about it in my new U-Turn portion of my blog.

For the next week, here’s what I’d like to add:

  • meditate 3 days for at least 10 minutes

Keep calm. Carry on.


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