Moving Day: Part 1

Today was one of those days that was so physically exerting, there were moments I could actually feel the salt on my skin from the excessive amounts of sweat that consistently doused me. After weeks of packing, collecting boxes, and preparation – today was finally moving day.

I went up and down the stairs over 80 times throughout the day, and an overweight box accompanied me during every trip. There were moments where my legs felt like gelatin because I was so exhausted from carrying boxes and furniture in the sweltering temps. Somewhere around the fiftieth trip up the stairs, I thought about how I so badly wanted to stop moving items. I didn’t want to take another trip down the stairs, and I wanted to sit down. My mind kept telling me to stop, but my legs kept climbing the stairs – one step at a time, and eventually I made it back to the top. In a way, it felt symbolic.

I curiously checked my step tracker throughout the afternoon to see how I was measuring up against my daily goal of 10,000, and I was happy to surpass my step target before the sun went down. After all of the day’s heavy hauling, I really felt the 10,000 steps. At some point during my sweaty exhaustion, I recalled when I first started Weight Watchers and became interested in my daily step count. When I reviewed my pre-Weight Watchers step history, there were multiple days where I would barely accomplish 1,000 steps; in fact, I averaged around the 750 range for daily steps. That seems absolutely wild to me now because times sure have changed. When I first started the program, 10,000 steps seemed impossible. I had to make a conscious effort to figure out how to complete 10,000 steps each day. Now, it’s an essential part of my daily routine, and it’s achieved without a second thought. The changes that come along with healthier lifestyle may seem odd or difficult to accomplish at first, but eventually a new normal is developed and the healthier choices become your life. I’m proud of how far I’ve come.

I utilized a moving service to assist with the larger furniture, and it was a great experience. After weeks of researching various moving companies, I settled on Dolly, an on-demand moving service that operates through an app (think Uber but for moving your furniture). A week before my moving date, I clicked through the app and entered my new and current addresses as well as the items I wanted moved. I selected the number of movers I needed and whether or not I required a truck to assist in transporting items. After entering all of my information, the app produced a quote and allowed me to finalize the order. The next day, I was matched with a mover named Tony and the app provided me with a time in which he would arrive to assist in moving my items. Tony showed up promptly when the app said he would, and he was extremely helpful, had decades of experience in moving furniture, brought along his own rolling dolly to make the heavy lifting easier, and turned out to be a fellow Chicago White Sox fan; it doesn’t get much better than that! If you’re planning a move in the Chicagoland area, I highly recommend considering Dolly.

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