Monday, November 10, 2014
Back in 2011, my company got into to the good health business by letting everybody have a little black pedometer and started tracking our steps on our computers. The first year my daily step average was 4,310 steps. There were days when the only time I left my chair was to go to the bathroom a few steps away. But even with this pitiful average they gave me $100 towards my health insurance deductible. I had finally accumulated enough steps for that on 12/30/2011 after my deductible had been used up but nevertheless it made me feel a little bit of accomplishment.
In 2012, I really stepped up my game. My average daily step count rose to 8,822, a 105% increase. Not too shabby. When I looked at how much I'd improved I really felt accomplished and I earned $300 by 11/7/2012 when we could actually use the money. Unfortunately, that rotten first year was all part of my lifetime average so by the end of 2012 my lifetime pedometer step average was only 6750. At this point I noticed that we could see the average lifetime step count averages for our age and gender across the whole population of pedometer users and also just our company as a whole. The average for our company was 8085. For all women it was 8153 and for my age group for both men and women together was 8833. I decided that I was going to work really hard to get my lifetime average over all of these averages.
In 2013, I really got in the groove and my daily average for the year finally got over the coveted threshold of 10,000 steps at 10,789 but my lifetime average only got to 8232. I had exceeded the lifetime average for my company and for other women but I couldn't quite catch the average for all of the people my age using the pedometer but I continued to work at getting over that average this year.
This year so far my daily average is up to 12,265. I passed the lifetime average average for my age group on 7/18/2014. My lifetime average continues to rise everyday and is now 9202. I want my lifetime average to exceed 10,000 and I'm hoping to get there by the summer next year. I have earned $600 and anticipate getting to $1000 soon.
These little personal goals get me out walking in the rain, the cold and in the heat. I walk every day usually covering at least 3 1/2 miles a day. I park farther and farther away from my work bldg all the time. It's a nice 3/4 mile walk right now every morning and each evening and I walk every day at lunch. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday I walk with my work buddy Lynn. On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday I usually walk alone with my Ipod and get up to 14 minute miles or more. I feel great and so grateful that I can walk without any knee or hip pain. I truly believe we could beat obesity in the country if everybody had a little black disk like mine!