Monday, June 30, 2008

It's Official!

Well today is July 1st. You know what that means don'tcha? That's absolutely right. It's the official start of The Big Girl Big Step Challenge. Once again here's how it all works.

Strap on your pedometers and start walking. Every day, keep track of your steps. At the end of the month, I'll ask everyone who has participated to email me or leave me a comment with the step count of their one biggest day. I might, during the course of the month ask for step counts just to update everyone as to ball park figures but, I'm not sure if that's really necessary. We can chat about that later.

By having the whole month, I figure this way if you have a bad day, or two or seven you still have lots of opportunities to have one really really big day. Or if you're not quite sure you want to participate yet and haven't "signed up", you can do so now or anytime during the month, just leave me a comment or email me.

So basically, just walk as much as you can and log your steps.

Besides hopefully reaping all the benefits of walking, all of you who email me your total at the end of the month will be eligible to win a piece of jewelry made by yours truly, picked in a random drawing and for the top 3 steppers I'll be getting you gift cards from your favorite store.

So far we have these people all ready to get out there:
40 x 40

DaDiva's Street
Thinking Thin

Fab Kate

If you've already told me you're planning on joining us but don't see yourself on this list, sorry I've left you off. Please let me know so I can include you.

Have fun and please remember to play nice.

And if anyone cares out there, I had NONE of the dinner options from yesterday's post. The Husband worked way too late, in fact, past mid-night last night, so I called my mom up and took her to dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant. It's closing sometime soon because the owner is moving to Hawaii. We've been eating at his place for nearly 20 years now and I'm certainly going to miss him, and his food.


Thinking Thin said...

Question regarding the step challenge. Are we only using steps or can we convert our other exercise into steps? You are the ruler of the roost, so I want to play by the rules :)

Big Girl said...

Thinking Thin ~ I prefer to keep it to steps only but if your other exercise registers as steps on your pedometer, let's count them!

Sagan Morrow said...

Aw that was sweet of you to take her for dinner. And hurray about the step challenge! Haven't gotten my pedometer yet so I think I'll be a few days late in getting started (just means I'll have to get in an extra amount of stepping when I do begin to catch up!).

Christine said...

Good luck to everyone doing the step challenge!

Sad about the restaurant closing, but at least it's not from a lack of business :)

Thinking Thin said...

Woot..thanks, for the answer

Deb said...

Do we could only actual exercise steps or our daily steps in total? Wasn't sure if I should be wearing my ped all day or just during exercise.

Big Girl said...

Deb~ ALL steps count. So wear your ped all the time. It's amazing how quickly they can add up during the day

Christa D said...

Good luck everyone on the challenge. I always think I should buy a pedometer but is there one that works better than others. I had the one that came free in Special K about 2 years ago and it didn't work properly. I guess you get what you pay for...ha! :)

I love the idea of planning your meals on the weekend for the rest of the week and your menu ideas sound yummy. I don't seem to be creative enough and tend to eat the same things over and over again. It would be great if we had a blog someplace just for meal and snack ideas.

Anonymous said...

Good Luck to all in the step challenge! Thanks for helping me keep motivated & walking!

Alli said...

Oooo japanese I am SO jealous! What did you get!?

Allison said...

I am sooo excited about the challenge. A big woohoo for walking! :)

every gym's nightmare said...

I use a pedometer all the time and count my steps all the time. I guess i can join as well!