I learned that having to think about exercising (and, indeed, to exercise) decreased my work productivity.
I learned that pacing is a lot easier in a 3000 sq ft place than a 1200 sq ft place.
I do like walking, but if I want to do more of it, I think it needs to be in a world where I don’t want to do other stuff as much.
Normally with exercise challenges one wants to know if one got stronger or if one lost weight. Both of these are really difficult to answer because of two things. 1. DH decided he needed to cut back on sweets and then gave up on cutting back and then got reenergized to give up sweets again. Since I have ZERO willpower when it comes to high quality pastries, my weight mostly fluctuated with his decisions. Who knows what the no stepping counterfactual would have been. 2. I got really sick the third week with lingering cold/allergies which made it hard to breathe deeply.
Everyone in the house was pretty happy when the step challenge was over, even though for DH it meant more walking chores. One fewer chore to have to remember every day.
I think I need to go back through previous posts and see if any past challenges have been worthwhile. And then a thinky post on the nature of challenges. I suspect that I know the answer– challenges that produce something worthwhile in the short term (money saved, pages written) seem to be better than ones that attempt to change a habit, but there may be other items I need to ponder.