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A step ahead

This will no doubt amaze you, but perhaps you are in the same boat:

I have the ability to be embarrassing even if no one is watching.

imageAll month, I’ve been participating in Find Your Stride 2014, a free online challenge to take 10,000 steps a day — a widely recognized fitness milestone that most of us don’t make. I’ve got my pedometer and have been dutifully logging each footfall all month long. (Why not join us?)

Because I work a desk job and the weather at this time of year is not always cooperative, making the magic 10,000 takes some creativity on days I’m not teaching Jazzercise.

You can find me making extra trips to the washer and dryer, walking laps while talking on the phone, practicing my routines a few extra times, getting up during TV commercials to do a few loops around the living room, marching in place while the microwave does its thing or I’m brushing my teeth.

These spectacles have resulted in conversations like this recent exchange with Catherine, which occurred while I was brushing my teeth:

Catherine: Mom, do you have to go to the bathroom really badly?

Me: No, I’m trying to get my 10,000 steps in.

Catherine (Giving me a long stare and only half-kidding.): You are so embarrassing. Loser.

Me (Calling after her as she walks away): Maybe, but I’m a loser with 10,000 steps!

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


One thought on “A step ahead

  1. I figure it is the duty of all parents to embarrass their children. My kids were frequently seen walking behind us in an attempt to not be associated with “those adults.” So, good job, Terri!!

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | January 20, 2014, 9:02 am

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