I am participating in a fitness challenge at work. We are supposed to walk an average of 8,000 steps a day. Dennis is helping me, and we go for a lovely walk in the evenings. We of course leave the children at home.
Isaac has been feeling left out, and he wants to participate. He is intrigued by my pedometer, and asks me several times a day how many steps I have taken so far. He also asks me to check the total to see how many steps I have taken since the challenge started (on Monday). He watches carefully when we get home and I stretch out, and when I do some random push ups and ab exercises, he does them with me. He has become my exercise buddy. (Nothing like a six year-old doing ten sit-ups to my one to make me feel older and more decrepit than I already do!!)
I go online to the challenge website where I can enter my total steps for the day. Isaac wants to see what place I am in, you know, compared to the 1,000 or so other individuals who are also doing this fitness challenge. He was disappointed last night to find out that I am in 526th place. (Yeah, cuz the first place person, in just three days, has walked/run about 144,000 steps. I wonder....)
Well, Isaac has "hitched a plan" (that's what my kids say when they have a great idea...). He is going to get his own pedometer, and he's going to "be on my team." He wants to add his steps to mine so I can be higher than 526th place. I don't suppose I'll actually enter his steps online, but I most certainly will write them down and keep track of his little steps as he follows me around and we do our exercises together.
Last night, after I got home from a particularly unsatisfying and kind of painful walk/run, I was lying on the couch and Dennis was rubbing my sore feet and legs. Isaac came bounding down and asked if I was ready to do our exercises together. I almost cried. I almost cried because the thought of moving made we want to puke. I almost cried because my little man, my baby, wanted me to come and do exercises with him. He wanted to spend time with me.
I got up. And we did exercises. And I achieved 8,044 steps yesterday.
2 hours ago