Today I did 7207 steps. No shopping (actual or window), no getting lost, no being chased by the undead. Just walking of my own free will.

[Ignore that additional 8th “step". It’s a lie made from desperate scrambling.]

It’s 2793 shy of my goal but still, that’s an extra 3000-4000 steps on purpose. It’s a start. I’ve been meaning to get my heart pumping and my body moving for the longest time. I tried yoga a few times on Saturdays. Fitting it into my schedule (the ideal 2-3 times a week) could work but would take too much of an effort -- from waking up really early, to trying to beat morning traffic, to hoping I make it to an early shift for an early out, to rushing to class to do yoga and unwind. A whole morning of unnecessary stress, the way I see it. Unsurprisingly my yoga resolution didn’t pan out.

I've tried gyms before but I know enough about myself to admit that me diving headlong into a gym workout wouldn't work out. At its core, the issue is discipline. At the periphery, it's also finances. (The 24 hour gym next to my office building would leave me no excuse, sure. But it'd also leave me with an almost empty wallet.)

What's a cheap (dare I say free) alternative? Running!

Not that I ever see myself actually enjoying running. I do, however, enjoy walks. I'll try slo-mo running for now. I want to discipline myself, build the habit of physical activity, and get to a point where I don't balk at the thought of anything physical. *cough*STAIRS*cough*

So here I am now, telling you of my 10,000 step plan towards a workable fitness level. Goal-setting in public so I have witnesses - imagined witnesses, but witnesses all the same. I’m going to be completely honest about the 10k step goal (which I hope to attempt at least twice a week) and as true to myself as I can be. I made it to 7207 steps today. And in true Filipino fashion, I celebrated with a Chickenjoy and Jollibee’s palabok with my dad.

It’s not the best start, but hey, baby steps.