Battery levels low – mine and my accessories
In an effort to maintain my svelte and youthful figure (who am I trying to kid?) I now get up at the crack of dawn most days to head out for a walk, a run or to ride my bike to the local gym for a training session. I don’t think it’s helping much but I am committed regardless.
I’m also involved in a Fitbit challenge which aims to make me feel guilty if I haven’t done at least my 10000 steps each day, not to mention demoralised when I see all these other people who can manage 30000+ steps in a ridiculously short space of time. For me, sitting at a desk all day every day isn’t conducive to accruing too many steps, so an early morning walk, run or gym session as well as an evening walk are the only ways I can manage it. I’m also obviously more competitive than I thought – mainly with myself though!
I feel good once I’m out there but of a morning it’s a case of one voice in my head telling to get up and get moving and another lazy voice in my head telling me I deserve to stay snuggled up under the covers and to give it a miss today. I had a fight with myself this morning but ended up going out for a brisk walk and, as usual, enjoyed myself immensely. The thinking time, the freshness at the start of the day, the feeling of moving my body and the ability to sing along to my music, very loudly if I want to, knowing that no-one can hear me – all adds up to a fun 45 minutes of time well spent plus over 4000 steps if I’m lucky. I walk up hills, down gravel tracks, through the bush and pine forests and rarely see a soul.
Recently when I had all my daughters and their partners together, I started a Family Favourites playlist on Spotify. Everyone got a say in what music was included in the playlist and so when I’m out walking I can be listening to Kenny Rogers one minute (thanks Craig), Passenger (thanks Sarah), Hilltop Hoods (thanks Eliza), Florence and the Machines (thanks Melanie), the Moped song (thanks Shawn), the Eagles or America (thanks to my husband) and Paolo Nutini (thanks Ben). We are an eclectic lot to say the least. We cover their teenage favourites (think Hansen, Spice girls, Back Street Boys) to the latest from Adele or Ed Shearin and classics from Bob Dylan and Abba. It makes for a thoroughly fun time when I never know what song is coming up next. If I’m walking (and not running) I sing along very badly and very loudly. I’m in the middle of the bush so no-one can hear me except the kangaroos and birds and they give me a wide berth!
But this morning it was nearly catastrophic as my wireless headphones gave me the message, only half way through my walk, that the battery level was low. My fitbit also decided that its battery was running low and so I found myself working against the clock to get my walk done before they all gave up the ghost. It was bad enough that my battery levels were low but to have my accessories start fading as well was too much!
Some people enjoy the quiet when they walk, as I do at times, but when I’ve had to fight myself to get up and get going then I need good music to keep me going. I tend to daydream more, lose myself and subsequently not notice the effort required when I’m belting out a song. Do you like peace and quiet or music blaring when you’re out there?
I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that I made it back with everything still working and managed to get ready for work having had a lovely start to the day – and 5576 steps towards my daily goal of 10000! I’ve since read that 10000 steps just doesn’t cut it, I need to be doing more like 15-20000 steps to make a difference! Give me a break……. 🙂
If you often have days when your battery levels are low, do you just push yourself or do you give in and rest up? Also do you get caught up in similar challenges and wonder why you do it to yourself….or am I the only one?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.