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And so it ends.

After watching this video on January 2, 2012:

I took on the challenge of making myself walk for at least 30 minutes every day for the rest of the year.

I was successful on 342 days of the 365 days of 2012. I'm blaming 22 of my unsuccessful days on knee surgery that I had in March, and the other unsuccessful day on my back being out.

They say that it takes three weeks to form a habit—albeit this article debunks that as a totally arbitrary number that may have come from a 1960 publication by a plastic surgeon who noticed that amputees took, on average, 21 days to adjust to the loss of a limb and he argued that people take 21 days to adjust to any major life change—but this I can attest to: A habit definitely gets formed doing something almost every day for an entire year.


In fact, it wasn't until I was on the way to the gym on January 1, 2013 that it occurred to me, "Oh, 2012 is over, so I don't have to get in a 30-minute walk today," and once there, I decided to do 30 minutes on the elliptical machine instead.

With that said, I was pretty much a slug this month reaching only the minimum 30-minute walking requirement every day except one, on which I did a whole ten minutes more. Between that and the calorie intake noted in the eating section, well it's easy to see why what happened in the weighing section did. 

Here are the walking numbers for every day in December (click to enlarge):

[Click to enlarge] Chart showing December daily walks

Background photo: A street name in Key West that always makes me smile, which I walked past at the tail end of one of my 30-minute walks while down there on vacation mid-December.


I post this gorge-fest without comment. Oops. Too late.

Full disclaimer: Several of these days, in terms of the "Cals Eaten" numbers, were estimated, as I spent so much of the day eating that there was no time to record it.

Dailyburn December calendar showing calories eaten and calories burned

Note: The calories burned include those from both my daily walks, and for other exercise I do at the gym, 5-7 days a week, including: 3 stretching exercises, 300 ab crunches (with weights added to the bench), and then either an upper body or a lower body workout.


Trust me, it's not pretty naked, either.

Here are the official December weigh-in numbers (click to enlarge):

Chart showing weigh-ins of 203,204,205,205,and 205 for December


Here are some reflections about this month's experience and the year-long challenge overall:

  • I'm absolutely disgusted, disappointed, and disillusioned with my weight gain again this month, and even more so about putting back on one-third of the weight I'd lost over the course of the year.

  • With that said, I'm grateful to be 20 pounds lighter than I was at the beginning of the year, and I'm ready to, as Susan Powter would say, "stop the insanity"—and get back on track.


  • Over the course of this year:

    • I walked for 13,426 minutes, or just short of 223 hours. Walking for 223 hours contiguously would take 9.3 days.

    • I walked for 697.3 miles. That's like walking from Raleigh to Providence, RI.

    • I burned off a total of 82,800 calories doing all that walking. That's about 23.6 pounds worth of calories at 3500 calories per pound.

    • My average walk time was for 41.4 minutes.

  • I am as happy to be done with this challenge as I am grateful to have done it.

  • Ask your doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 4th, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
20 pounds? 20 pounds!
Stop berating yourself, John! Geez. The holidays are hard. Think if you did this August to August.

And may I suggest moving to Europe! I have LOST weight since I got here. I might be walking more, but am definitely biking less PLUS it's flatter here and my new bike is better (so less work to move it LOL). I don't feel I've changed my diet, but something is going on. I actually got a little worried about it in November (cuz boney is just not a good look at 50) and tried to eat a bit more.

After pondering for a while, I realized that I used to have a LONG commute, which meant lunch was quite a ways off from breakfast. So I would often eat my lunch at 11 and then I'd be hungry by 3 and would have a snack. Or I'd have something mid morning and eat lunch at 1. Either way, I was having a snack somewhere in there. And it was often crap that someone brought to the office (cookies, Krispy Kremes, candy, pretzels). Now I get up later, have breakfast later, eat lunch at a normal time, and don't snack. I guess my long commute was making me FAT! Crazy, right?

Anyways, best of luck for 2013 with whatever you elect to take up :-)

And by way of encouragement, check this out:

Even if it didn't make you skinny, the walking counts. It really does.

Jan. 4th, 2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
Re: 20 pounds? 20 pounds!
"cuz boney is just not a good look at 50" That cracked me up! Thank you, my friend, for your words of encouragement.

SO IT'S THE BUS THAT'S MAKING ME FAT!!!! (That's going to be my takeaway from your posting.) :-)

Seriously, though, thanks for the pointer to the article; it was VERY encouraging. I'm going to share it on FB!

You're a gem, and thanks so much for still reading my blog and for commenting! xxoo
Jan. 4th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: 20 pounds? 20 pounds!
LOL! Not the bus, per se. If I had a 70 minute (one way) commute by car I'll bet it would be the same business. It's the time not the mode, I think.


(PS Went to see the Nackte Manner/Naked Men. In the words of a woman from the Alpine Club who I bumped into on the way out, 'I've seen better.' Which she quickly qualified by: 'IN MUSUEMS!!')

Jan. 4th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: 20 pounds? 20 pounds!
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