Fitness

Everything You Need To Know To Win Step Wars

Hey Cuties,

We are weeks into spring and summer is on the horizon. Did you create your summer body this winter? I didn’t, I ate all of the things, I rocked my big sweaters and I lived for the moment. I saw people on social media getting their work out on but that meant nothing to me. I’m just not that type. Babe started doing the Insanity workout again and I sat on the sofa in the basement and watched him work out while eating a big bowl of ice cream. #TrueStory

Last year I was on a mission to work out. I started out doing a dance workout and it was short lived. I had no true motivation, not even the gut that had become a muffin top was enough for me to stick with it.

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Earlier this year I won an uber cute Kate Spade Fitness Tracker while at the Washington Auto Show. I set it up and became addicted to tracking my steps. Prior to that, I was just stepping with no purpose. My goal was a modest 5,000 steps a day, and I didn’t always make my goal. This desk job of mine makes it real easy for me to remain in a seated position most of my day.

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On April 27th, I joined my girlfriends in a Step War, and my life was forever changed. 

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My first submission was 6,168, I met my personal girl but it was a joke up against the other submissions of 19,056 and 12, 208. I don’t know if they were running miles or what but they could hit my little 5,000 steps in their sleep.  As a result, I bumped my step goal up to 8,000 steps a day.

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I’ve been crowned Step Wars Queen for the day.

Rules of Engagement: This is a daily step war, at the stroke of midnight the slate is wiped clean and we start over. Everyone has their own individual step goal but the ultimate goal is to get the most steps out of everyone in the group. (Five ladies total including thine-self.) You must share your step count from the previous day but Noon on the current day for it to count. A simple screen shot is all it takes. The person with the most steps for the previous day is crowned the winner. This crowing situation can get out of hand as you see.

The first time I got the crown I was super excited to stunt on the ladies but I was proud that I put in legit work. These broads don’t make it easy and that pushes me to work harder.

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ALL TIME BEST! 21,009

Listen, Linda, I didn’t come to play I came to slay. Here what I say when I say it.  I am currently wearing the crown AGAIN after earning a vicious step count on Monday.

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Last Thursday LittleCuteLips and I were out and about having fun at the Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour and at some point, I realize I lost my fitness tracker. OH, MY GOSH! I was devastated, I had to cancel all life goals until further notice.   Three days later I had researched and decided on a replacement. I went with the Fitbit Flex 2, it was on sale everywhere + Target discounts it cost a little more than $50. Now I also have Fitbit friends to help me to stay focused.

I bumped my step goal up to 10,000 steps a day.  This time around I am more cautious about my exercise routine. This allows me to be more realistic in my approach and I’m happy to report *Big Dramatic Drum Roll* I am doing it, have been doing it and sticking with it.  Because I lack self-motivation in this area securing accountability partners has been monumental Also I hate to be a loser.  Did you peep my progressions? 5,000 steps to 8,000 steps to 10,000 steps.

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Tip #1 Get a fitness tracker: If your budget doesn’t allow for a purchase than they have apps for that. I’m an iPhone user and my phone came with the Health app. During my crisis, I used that to gauge my steps. This app will only track your steps if your phone is on your person. If you are shopping for a device good luck, it can be overwhelming. Figure out what you want to track and then locate a device within your budget that at a minimum has those features. You don’t need all the bells and whistles if you aren’t going to use them.

Tip #2 Get to stepping:  It is that simple to get moving.

Tip #3 Get Creative: Instead of standing in one spot to brush your teeth pace the floor.  If your kid is doing sports get your steps in while they are at practice. While LittleCuteLips is in gymnastics I walk around the parking lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the back of the parking lot instead of right up on the door. (Your vehicle doors will thank you.) Put on your jam and dance like nobody is watching. If you are a SAHM strap the baby to your chest and get your salsa on. If you have toddlers on put on Kids Bop and dance around. They can get in on the fun as well.

Tip #4 Get Accountability Partners: I have four ladies in my Summatime Fine group, they hold me accountable daily.  I also joined a fitness group on FB. They aren’t as aggressive as my girls but certainly another motivator to keep me moving. I have Fitbit friends and that is another way to keep me accountable. Plus, Mom & Babe also have step goals, so the revolution is being televised.

Tip #5 Set Goals: Gauge how many steps you average on a regular day. Then set your goal a bit higher. Once you hit your goal consistently set a higher goal and continue.

Bonus Tips: Set reminders on your phone and or fitness tracker every 30 to 60 minutes to get up and get stepping.

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How do you get your steps in? Chat with me in the comment below or FBIG or Twitter.

Join the discussion

  1. Latoya

    I wanna do this! Im much like you, I would rather be enjoying my food than doing anybody exercise. A step challenge would definitely motivate me to at least walk around the house and outside. Baby steps.

  2. Heather Lawrence

    Those little fitness trackers can be addicting!
    I have a fitbit charge 2 and we aim for 10K steps a day.
    Usually, we take at least 1 3k walk a day but some days it’s just not so easy!!

  3. Jennifer Van Huss

    Awesome!! Keep up the good work! I think that it is very important to have people work with you to keep you motivated!!

  4. T. Espinoza

    Clearly you didn’t come to play and we need to keep an eye on your step shenanigans. With that said… I’m wearing the crown on tuh-day ma’am! 😁

  5. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    A fitness tracker is a must! I have a Fitbit, and I love it. It really keeps me motivated.

  6. Bill Sweeney

    Sounds like you’re kicking butt. Fitness trackers are the way to go if you’re serious about getting moving. They keep you motivate, and they help you have a clear idea of what you’ve accomplished.

  7. Jeanette

    I love the work that you’ve put in! I think it’s motivating to see how many steps you doing today. I think it keeps you wanting to top yourself the next day to see if you can take at least one step more.

  8. Stacie

    Congrats to you, your highness! 😉 I try to go walking a few times a week. I need to do more for sure.

  9. Ada

    I used to love tracking my steps with my FitBit and competing with my friends. Now I have an Apple Watch and that feature doesn’t exist and it sucks.

  10. Drea Renee

    Having accountability partners, or in this case, opponents is definitely a big help. It makes you want to do more so you can show off your win!
    *types while walking😉*

  11. Sarah

    I get my steps in by walking around our complex each morning. Our complex has about 200 apartments, so it’s a long walk starting at one end of the complex and working towards the other. That’s the only way I seem to get my steps in.

  12. Joely Smith

    Keep up the great work! And … OMG I want those converse!!! Even your sandals are super cute!

  13. ricci

    I have a Garmin VivoFit and I love it!! It definitely makes me get up and move!!

  14. Dogvills

    Congratulations! I used to walk 2-3 miles four times a week, but stopped when I got too busy with work. Now, I am overweight again. I need to get back on track!

  15. Victoria Heckstall

    Awesome! This is a good tips. Great job!

  16. Marcie W.

    Wow, you are really rocking it! There’s nothing like a competitive challenge to get me up and moving.

  17. Joanna

    I have the same fit bit. I love that I can wear it in the water especially since I do a lot of swimming. I’m HORRIBLE with keeping up to 10k steps and usually make it to 4-7k on a regular day. I need to do better. lol

  18. rika

    I don’t wear any fitness tracker. Yours look so cute. I need to start walking and running to burn some calories.

  19. Jenny

    haha, I love the blinged out shoes and the bracelet charms are awesome! I need to get me one of those fit bits too.

  20. Marsha

    I’ve been using a Fitbit on and off for the last couple of years to track my steps and encourage myself to move more. It definitely has prompted changes in some of my habits like talking the longer route to a part of my work building so I can get more steps in. I don’t know how some people end the day with upwards of 50k steps but I feel so good when I reach my 10k goal 🙂

    • MimiCuteLips

      Marsha, that little makes a big difference. I park way in the back of the parking lot and take the steps more often.

  21. Carissa

    Great Tips! I haven’t been wearing my FitBit Alta like I should be but I think this motivated me to get going again! Congratulations on becoming the queen for the day!!

  22. Melissa Dixon

    This is great and perfect motivation to get me started! I have been trying to workout more!

  23. Faizah

    I like how you told the story of your progression. I did the same. This will be the first week I plan to get 10,000+ steps everyday. I’m excited.
    Im on the fence about a cute tracker…..i use my Samsung Galaxy S-Health App and it works just fine. The other part of me wants an Apple watch… *sigh* consumerism.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Hahahaha Faizah. I hate that I have to charge another device. That annoys me the most which is why I will probably never own a smart watch. They are cute though.

  24. Kiwi

    I loved that you crowned yourself Queen of Step Wars for the day. I am so happy you are achieving your step goals I need a fitness tracker to start doing it too!

  25. Mary Edwards

    Love your tips. I just started walking again. This morning I did 2.2 miles. I plan to walk again tonight. It’s Florida, so in the summer we can only walk EARLY in the morning or right at dark! lol

  26. Aija

    I love my fitbit and do a weekly work week challenge. Tomorrow is Goal Day and you can get a special badge! By the way, love the blinged out shoes 🙂

  27. Courtney CJ

    Fitbit competitions save / ruin my life lol. I get super obsessed with winning but I was super fine. I need to get back in the habit!

  28. Eloise

    love that they make fitbit /fitness trackers nice looking! It looks sleek and does it’s job tracking steps etc… It looks good with your charm bracelet that I want and your bling shoes that I ALSO want …ha!

  29. Ramona

    I have a Fitbit and I like it. I’m tracking my steps but need to get more creative in order to increase my count. Your tips are great. I hope to add a few of your suggestions into my routine.

    Thanks for sharing.

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