Summary of Learning

What an experience! Also, what was I thinking!! I can’t believe I stuck it out and was successful at completing my learning project! I decided on walking 10,000 steps a day because I wanted to improve my health and overall well-being.

When I started this journey I was not walking at all. The reality of this was actually really embarrassing. But, this left me no place to go but up.

Week 1

Shock and then more shock! Sore muscles and then MORE sore muscles. So apparently I am out of shape. My main focus this week was just walking everyday and changing my schedule to make that happen! There were many times in this week that I had wished that I picked a different project!

I found a video to watch that encouraged me to get my steps in even if the weather was not favorable. Also, using the Pedometer App to track my steps.

Week 2

I finally hit my stride a bit this week. I realized that to reduce my stress and get my steps in that I was going to need to get up at 5:00 am. Yup, you read it right 5:00 am. As much as I hated it, I loved it too. It felt great getting up and starting my day in a healthy way.

Internet resources used this week included:

  1. Tips for staying motivated
  2. Benefits for walking
  3. Transformative power of walking

Week 3

Struggling but gaining. Listening to struggling but gaining to keep me motivated this week. I learnt this week that it is so important to review my goals daily just to keep going.

Week 4

Focusing on this article this week: 4 science backed ways to motivate me. They were:

  1. Reward yourself
  2. Sign a commitment contract
  3. Rethink positive thinking
  4. Find your fitness tribe

It was difficult this week to stay motivated. I am finding it a real battle of the mind. So it was great to find online sources to help me overcome my struggles.

I am committed to rethinking positive thinking. And, to have an accountability partner.

Week 5

Focusing on why I am doing this learning project this week. I want to be a great example of wellness to my future students. Also, realizing that I need to take care of myself first.


Week 6

This weeks focus was watching a video to help me along the way continue my learning. This video was a great support solidifying the health benefits of walking.

Daily affirmations also supported my mental well-being so that I felt like actually completing the walking.

I used a step video this week to help change scenery and bring variation to my project. I enjoyed this video a lot because I accomplished the steps in a short amount of time.


No matter the project, one must choose to succeed everyday. It may seem daunting at times but there are a lot of supports on the internet that can help. I am proud of the time I committed to this project and the support I received accomplishing it. The results were amazing…who knows maybe jogging soon!

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Roll On

Day 30 – June 8

Success today! So important to reevaluate my goals everyday. I find it helpful to focus on the long term reasons why I chose this goal. My health is important to me. Here is a video I watched to help me along the way.

Day 31 – June 9

So close! I did not reach the 10,000 steps that I wanted to today. Today I focused on accepting that I won’t make my goal everyday and I must accept the days that I can’t and try again tomorrow.

Day 32 – June 10

Burning the midnight oil and still didn’t make it. I am trying and feeling a bit overwhelmed with all my responsibilities. But, I must keep moving forward to reach my goal. I focused today on a video that teaches positivity through affirmation.

Day 33 – June 11

Today is a rain day. I found a video that can help obtain my steps because I am needing a change from walking on the treadmill. I enjoyed the video because it helped me reach my step goals in a shorter amount of time.

Day 34 – June 12

Day Off!

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Day 35 – June 13

Today is the first day that I have been disappointed in my step counting app – Pedometer. (you know it must have been bad because I don’t post negative things) My family and I spent the day at Pasqua Lake walking trails. The app did not count my steps because of the bad cell service. So, I most definitely made the 10,000 steps, I just don’t have record of it!

Day 36 – June 14

Today I most likely won’t get my steps in. I have prioritized getting all my assignments done for my #EDTC300 class tomorrow!

Lifetime of Learning

Day 25 – June 3

Today my focus was learning to walk correctly. I watched many videos but found this one was the most helpful to me. Dr. Lin (highest rated physical therapist in California) reassured me that my goal of 10,000 steps a day was realistic and healthy for me. The basic tips for body structure and alignment were thought provoking. It was fun to implement the new techniques that I learnt! I am happy to have met my goal today.

Day 26 – June 4

I love walking on Fridays because I know that I will have tomorrow off! I struggle a little with sore feet so today I focused on learning more about the proper running shoes. I watched a video that I felt was helpful. I learnt that I am flat footed and am in need of new runners. Also, Rogan’s best fit guide was helpful to me in helping me be more aware of the needs and wants that I am needing in a running shoe. Happy to have met my goal again today.

Day 27 – June 5

Day OFF !!!!!

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Day 28 – June 6

So….today was not a successful day. I had a wedding to attend and did not get my steps in. I feel disappointed but hoping to do better tomorrow.

Day 29 – June 7

AGAIN! Today I did not get my steps in. I feel like I am on a slippery slope. My husband is out of town for the week so I am a single parent. My schedule has changed and I am finding it difficult to get all my goals accomplished. So, today I focused my learning on achieving my goals without any excuses preventing me from doing so. I found a helpful video that reminded me of three scientific backed strategies.

Strategy #1

Write your goal down daily

Strategy #2

Schedule a time and a place that you are going to accomplish your goal

Strategy #3

Send updates to a friend

Hopefully tomorrow is better!

Day 30 – June 8

Today my focus was on not letting set backs get me down. I found a motivational video that helped me focus on allowing my experiences to be my education. And, that it is ok to make mistakes, I should just stop making the same mistakes. So here is to a better week as a single parent….no excuses!

Staying motivated for my students


Day 22 – May 31

Continuing to prioritize my health. Up again at 5:00 and got all my steps in early.

Day 23 – June 1

The first time to ever break 12,000 steps and it feels great.

Day 24 – June 2

I thought that this morning it seemed a little easier getting up at 5:00. Proud to be still reaching my daily goals.

This week I reached the 21 day milestone and will be rewarding myself with a pedicure. I’m looking forward to some selfcare. I’m realizing that I can never be too busy to take care of myself first.

Continued Motivation

I didn’t need to learn to walk again because I have been walking all my life. But, what I do need is motivation to keep walking everyday. I need to prioritize my own well-being so that I can be a better example to my future students and family. I spent the past week looking for motivating articles and videos to keep me going. Here is a look at what I found!

The first article I focused on had 4 science backed ways to motivate me. They were:

  1. Reward yourself
  2. Sign a commitment contract
  3. Rethink positive thinking
  4. Find your fitness tribe

As motivation to keep exercising, I embraced the 4 techniques. I chose to reward myself with a salon treatment after completing 21 days. I am committed to blogging about my success, so I feel that this in a way is my contract. I am committed to rethinking positive thinking. Lastly, I have recruited some friends as accountability partners along this journey. Looking forward to next weeks successes!

Day 18 – May 27

Committed to another 5:00 am start. Great day cause I reached my goal!

Day 19 – May 28

Woke up again at 4:30 to reach all my 10000 step goal because today I will get my Covid-19 vaccine. If I have a reaction I want to rest knowing that I got all my steps in!

Day 20 – May 29

Day off!!

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Day 21 – May 30

Back at it this morning! Walked all my steps early today just so I could make this post! Feels great to have walked my steps so early in the day. I am noticing that my mental health has improved, my sleeping is better and my clothes are fitting better as well. Winning on more than one level and it feels great! Won’t you join me in walking 10000 steps a day too?

A habit forms in how many days?!?

Day 14 – May 23

If I don’t walk in the morning it seems like I don’t get all my steps in. It was my day off today and I allowed myself to sleep in. I got most of my steps from today taking my son to a Par 3 in Regina. Hoping to do better tomorrow!

Day 15 – May 24

Yay!! Feels great when I accomplish the goal that I set out for myself. I didn’t get up early today because I had the Stat off but I did walk on my treadmill. I feel less guilty watching Netflix while I walk….a little silver lining!

Day 16 – May 25

Back to work today so up at 5:00 again. I don’t enjoy waking up early but once I am up I feel proud that I have accomplished my steps so early. I walk for approximately 6500-7000 steps in the early morning.

Day 17 – May 26

A habit forms in how many days? Looking forward to the new changes in my life. Just taking it one step at a time!

Gaining momentum

Day 7 – May 16

Last week I struggled to get my steps in and I found myself scrambling in the evenings. This created a lot of stress for me. So, this week I am committed to getting up at 5:00 am to walk an hour before work. I also started out the week with tips to keep me motivated!

Day 8 – May 17

Not enjoying the 5:00 am mornings! BUT, I am feeling like I am gaining momentum. I am seeing improvements in my mental health, I have more energy during the day, and I am sleeping better at nights.

Day 9 – May 18

Getting out of bed at 5:00 am is getting a little easier! My legs are hurting less and I am looking forward to the benefits of walking everyday!

Day 10 – May 19

I am enjoying using my Pedometer App. It is free and counts my steps accurately. I am still finding success in getting up at 5 am. Feeling more productive in my days!

Day 11 – May 20

Spent time today learning about the power of transformative walking. I have been walking in my basement on my treadmill and now I am feeling empowered to walk outside!

Day 12 – May 21

Today was my day off! SO, I did not get up at 5:00 this morning. This was a mistake for me because I found myself madly trying to get my steps in! I did finally at 11:30 pm. Looking forward to my day off tomorrow.

Day 13 – May 22

Day OFF!

What was i Thinking!

Day 1 – Monday May 10

At 6:00 pm I only had 1275 steps throughout my day!!! Only 8725 more to go. Off I went for a walk with my son, feeling totally empowered to begin my learning project.

After a couple hours of walking I reached my goal of 10,000 steps. The whole time I was walking I was wondering if it was too late to change my project!!

Day 2 – Tuesday May 11

I woke this morning with pain behind my left knee. Seriously doubting my ability to finish this project. I am also so disappointed in myself that I have allowed my exercise ability to decline so rapidly. I walked through the discomfort to reach my step goal!

Day 3 – Wednesday May 12

Still sore and exhausted from Monday! Today was an extremely busy day for me. I allowed my time to get away from me. I found myself not wanting to complete my goal for the day but forced myself to get on my treadmill around 11:00 pm. Apparently, the app I use resets at midnight so today I only walked 9579 steps.

Day 4 – Thursday May 13

Another late night on the treadmill trying to complete my step count. I am not liking how this is feeling. I need to make changes to my schedule so that I can complete my goal before the late evening. I still managed to get my steps in 10254!!

Day 5 – Friday May 14

Had a very busy yet productive day! Managed to complete my steps, 11205, by a reasonable time. I am so looking forward to my day off tomorrow. Feeling like I might complete this project!

Day 6 – Saturday May 15

Day off! Rest day!!

Habit for life

When I first heard that I needed to complete a learning project for this course, my mind immediately went to all the things that I want to accomplish. I want to learn to play the violin, make quilts, cook vegetarian dishes, run a half marathon, and learn a new language. But, as I contemplated the above I realized the greatest area of growth for me was in the area of exercise.

I have decided that for my learning project to be successful (because I live a sedentary life) I needed to make a realistic goal that I could attain/achieve. Therefore, I have decided to ;earn to walk 10,000 steps six days a week.

I will track my progress through the Health App on my phone, along with using my husband and daughter as accountability partners. As of today, I have only walked 1275 steps and it is 5:30 pm. I have a lot of work to do!!

On raining days or difficult days to I plan to use a video to help with motivation. Also, as accountability I will take daily screen shots and log them in my blog weekly.

I feel nervous and vulnerable with my learning project. I look forward to any suggestions or tips that can help me with my success.