Anna Fusco

Office Services Manager

Steps Challenge: Staying Motivated!

There are two significant lessons that I have learned from this challenge. The first is how important consistency is and the second is just how difficult developing a daily fitness routine can be. Although having Hawaii as a grand prize is a great motivator I’ve had to remind myself, on multiple occasions, what was at stake and peel myself off the couch just to get those much needed steps in.

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Sometimes going to the gym was too much of an endeavor so on those nights I would walk around in circles in my living room to make sure I made my daily goal. Stepping at work was also difficult as I am often glued to my computer answering emails. So being able to reach my goal and find the time to step at work was a great accomplishment. Having friends at work to participate in the challenge with and set up walking meetings with made reaching that goal a whole lot easier as well. Not to mention walking 3 miles at lunch everyday keeps the motivation up and ensures that I stayed on the right track. I have noticed a lot of changes since starting this challenge.

One in particular is an increase in my stamina. I can run a 10 minute mile and I can run the first two miles flat without stopping. Something I couldn’t imagine doing before this challenge started. I am also already signed up for three 5K’s in the next couple months and I plan on doing a few more before the year is done. I didn’t think I would be ever be excited to run more than a mile let alone 3.2, but this challenge has made me more active and motivated to push myself to be healthier. At this rate I can run a half marathon in no time and treat myself to new shoes in the process. I also love the competitiveness and drive that employees have shown in this competition. I have yet to see a fitness event/challenge go over this well with employees. It’s great to see everyone supporting and pushing each other right up to the end of the challenge.

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