just be enough striiv challenge week three

Last week I got STOMPED in the challenge. My steps were paltry compared to my fellow challengers so this week I was determined to put on a better showing.

39,248! Aw yeah! That’s better than 22,000. Especially since we were pretty much stuck in the house for a few days with my poor Huckleberry. Just when I thought I was going stir crazy I remembered that Striiv can give you challenges and so while Boss was playing and Huck was resting I set myself up with some challenges! I did stairs until I had more than enough coins and energy lightening bolts to not only get my dang Lemur Mansion but also a Maidens Tower on my magic island! (Hint: if you poke the lemurs they dance. So go on people, poke your lemurs.)

Sunday we got to leave the house and headed out to Eastern Market in DC and then down to Alexandria where I decided TOTT had to buy me a house there. It’s like a flipping movie set. And the cute stores…oh the stores! I walked all over creation for a one day total of 9,882 steps! Pretty good for a lazy cat like me.

The best part was my father in law catching a glimpse of my Striiv and saying “what is THAT! I want one”  Of course the holidays are coming up, so you never know…

More importantly than anything I got to donate two, count em TWO days of clean water. YAY! I love that just by walking around I can actually help a child. Next week I am going for clean water plus a polio vaccination.

This week Striiv actually gave me something that was unintentional. It kept me a bit sane while dealing with all the craziness of a very sick baby.

And if you’ll excuse me it’s time to go collect my coins and then turn them in for a bonus. I’m going to unlock those Lowlands if it KILLS me!

Getting in shape is tough, yo.

Week two of the Striiv challenge and I have several groundbreaking discoveries.

The first of which is that my black yoga pants have a hole in a very unfortunate location. This discovery was not made at an opportune moment. Mumsy would be so proud. (no,no she wouldn’t)

{look Ma, I burned off a large Fries!}

Okay, Holy Yoga Pants not withstanding, I did learn some stuff and junk:

First: Although the Striiv comes with a cool little attachment to keep it on your key chain, this is not an option for me. I have a three year old boy who loves to steal my keys and hide them. This then forces me to run about the house looking for them racing up and down stairs all the while raging that NONE OF THESE STEPS ARE BEING COUNTED BY THE MISSING STRIIV!

Second: If you use the belt clip attachment and are neurotic about checking how many steps you’ve taken people will think you are wearing a beeper. This means they perhaps will think you are either a drug dealer or a doctor. As I prefer being a doctor to being a dealer I spent all day pretending I was Dr. Christina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy. This worked for me. Plus? Dr. Owen Hunt. Yum.

Third: if you baby wear, attaching the Striiv to your baby solves both previous conundrums.

Fourth: Striiv really needs a feature where you can input that you are pushing a giant double stroller up and down the crazy hills of Georgetown for hours. I’m not requesting extra credit for the steps, but surely you can hook a gal up with extra lightening bolt energy bars so I can build that dang Lemur Mansion and unlock the lowlands on my magic island!

Fifth: Sometimes you may forget to pick up your Striiv until 11 am. There is a way to make up the steps that you took but weren’t counted due to your own absentmindedness.

It’s cheating but here it is:


**No, I didn’t count those in my weekly steps. But it did help tire him out for naptime.**

My total steps this week were 22,899! Not too shabby since I completely left it at home on Monday while we spent the day with Huck at doctor and ER.

Striiv didn’t cross my mind once. I’m pretty sure the folks at Striiv are A-okay with that.


In the words of Barney Stinson~

Challenge accepted!

So, I got this little cool doohickey in the mail this week. It’s called a Striiv and it looks kinda like a tiny iphone  thingy. (I’m very technical y’all.) Anyway, they sent me this cool little thingamajig to participate in a challenge with Just Be Enough. I’m dragging on losing those last ten pounds of baby weight, and hello? the Holiday season is clearly out to get me. (Whenever I take the Which Friends Character Are You? quiz on Facebook I always get Rachel- with the competitiveness of Monica.) I will never get my butt in shape on my own. If you follow me on Twitter then you know that I tweet about candy/ice cream/ junk food just about every day. I’m an addict. If you read this blog then you know that I also had a pretty bad eating disorder…which might be why I talk about junk food a lot. I dunno, I need to think on that.  My point is this: I am lazy and I need a constant source of measurement because the only thing that gets me going is seeing how I am doing. Plus? I just adore checking in on cute little touch screen devices. *waves hi to iphone* So, my lazy booty agreed to participate in this challenge thinking 1) whoohoo! they are going to send me a toy! and 2)  this will MAKE me get off my butt and WALK.

Guys? I’m kinda obsessed with this thing. It counts your steps and you can play games on it, like you get power for your games by walking. I am not a farmville kinda gal at all…but don’t besmirch my enchanted island. The coolest bit is that every step you take Striiv and other sponsors donate to provide clean water. I love that. I get off my ass, some kid gets clean water!

Yesterday my other beloved little touch screen device iPhone decided it didn’t want to be a phone anymore, so I dragged Boss and Huckleberry off the mall (Boss is not contagious) and I forgot my Striiv.

Dudes. I was so friggin mad! We walked like crazy and I have no idea how many steps I took and like what if I could have gotten some awesome new plants for my island!!! Pissed me right off.

Since it’s not good for me to be obsessed with my weight (numbers wise) I am going to try not to fixate on that and just focus on my number of steps during this challenge. For me just doing that will be a challenge. One of Striiv’s taglines really struck me:

It’s time to stop measuring our flaws and recording our victories.

I’m gonna try to do that. I love that I can focus on how many steps I take {You’d be surprised how many steps you can take just at home chasing a 3 year old around!  4055!}, I can focus on beating my number each day. I can focus on how many days of clean water I get to donate (at no cost to me by the way). I can focus on the positive things and hopefully avoid one of the lingering effects of an eating disorder- the obsession with the scale.

I am not eating disordered anymore, I don’t think I’ll ever have any problem with it again. But getting in shape or trying lose weight always makes me a bit nervous, does that make sense? I know that path and I don’t want to take it again.


Striiv sent me this cool pedometer so I could participate in the challenge but all thoughts and opinions are mine. All mine. I’m selfish that way.