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One hundred 20,000 step days

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Yesterday, I walked over 20,000 steps.

I did the same thing on each of the 99 days before that.

In the last 100 days I've walked two and a half million steps (2,491,967) covering over twelve hundred miles. On my highest day I walked 50,580 steps: on my lowest day I stumbled across the finish line with 20,011. And since I first got my FitBit back on June 16th, I've covered 3,527,105 steps ... and counting. That's almost as many steps as I covered in all of 2012 and I did it in five months.

This is a big deal to me precisely because it wasn't easy. I can't tell you how many times the streak almost ended: how many times it was late in the day and I wasn't even close to my goal. How many times I was tired and just wanted to veg out on the couch. Each time, however, I dug deep, found another gear and got myself moving.

It's not the streak itself. The streak is going to end at some point, I know that. But when that happens I will just start the next streak on the following day.

Because this is about permanent change. This is about my belief that I no longer have to be the jolly fat man. This is about my belief that I - that all of us - deserve to be healthy and that we can do it. I'm tired of working so hard, so many times, only to backslide. I have put so much thought into what I'm going to do differently this time around, and I will do it.

I believe in myself. Never before have I walked so much in such a short span of time.

And I'm just getting started.


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NEENSTER1 12/16/2013 4:54PM

    I'm tired of working so hard, so many times, Only to Backslide.........

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LINDAKAY228 12/10/2013 11:56AM

    That is awesome! I hope to get back to doing something like that soon. Right now, with my walker and other stroke effects I'm not even doing a mile a day but they say soon I should be back to normal. And if the darn cold freeze and ice would let up I would try to go outside!

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FRANCESCANAZ 12/9/2013 2:03PM

    That is truly awesome! I love my fitbit! Are you amember of the Spark team for fitbit users?

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JAE_HENNINGTON1 12/7/2013 1:18PM

  you are an inspiration

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IMEMINE1 12/6/2013 12:01PM

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/1/2013 7:43PM

    You rock!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/28/2013 9:16PM

    Wow! So impressive! I struggle to get 10k. I know the feeling of having to get a lot of steps late in the day and almost letting the streak go. I'm getting close to day 70 (need to update my step tracker here).

Congrats and keep up the great streak!

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KAYOTIC 11/28/2013 11:10AM

    Fantastic achievement, TaiChiDancer! You are truly and inspiration! emoticon Walk on!

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 11/28/2013 9:31AM

    I am so happy for you! Way to DO IT!! You deserve it!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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XXJDXX 11/28/2013 9:25AM

    Man, I did that for seven weeks (20K+ a day - weekdays) and my legs were shot. I was trail-running in the AM and walking during lunch. What you've done (and are doing) is incredible both mentally and physically.

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PAPAMIKIE 11/28/2013 3:52AM

    When I run I use Y'Chi (YeeeChee). It is the idea of selecting a target a few hundred meters down the road and imagining energy pulling you to it. I run at night and so my targets are typically about 100 meters down the road. So I only run 100 meters at a time, but I ran more than 3000 km in 12 months, 100 meters at a time.

You go Dancer!!!

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BUNNYCATS 11/27/2013 5:05PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Great Streak!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 11/27/2013 1:15PM

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68ANNE 11/27/2013 1:38AM

    Wow, that is amazing and inspiring

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/26/2013 10:31PM

  Very inspiring and very encouraging!! emoticon Keep up the great work!

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MOTHEPRO 11/26/2013 9:46PM

    Yes, you do deserve it and you make it happen!
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BEATLETOT 11/26/2013 6:56PM

    I just bragged about you to my husband, and he wants to know about your food. Upcoming blog, por favor?

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BEATLETOT 11/26/2013 6:52PM

    This is so cool!!! I am so darn proud of you!!! I hope your streak doesn't end anytime soon!

P.S. Clicking "I Liked This," because I did.

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HOLLYM48 11/26/2013 6:24PM

    wow, that it awesome! Beyond awesome really! keep up the great work.

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DYNAMICDEB53 11/26/2013 6:23PM

    WTG!!!! What a big lesson to learn....YOU BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!
I am smiling big time for you and so glad you are on your way and nothing will stop you from being healthy and happy.
I have been amazed and to think you started this 100 days ago. You are one determined and strong man.
Keep up the great job and never forget this feeling of believing it will help you along the rest of your journey and in your life.

I believed in you as I do in myself. I am glad to see another believer is our there.

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Deb

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BRENJET 11/26/2013 6:04PM

    Congratulations! Super proud of you. I have fallen off the step wagon...but signed up for a Thanksgiving 5k and am hoping that will get me back in the game. Keep up the great work and Keep inspiring! You keep us all going.
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JACKIE542 11/26/2013 12:27PM

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GARDENQE2 11/26/2013 10:27AM

    As James Taylor says...It's the walking man...he just keeps on walking!
What a great accomplishment!
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BATCHICK 11/26/2013 10:27AM

    Wow! you are an inspiration! Congrats on your streak!!!

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QUEENIEBELLE 11/26/2013 10:22AM

    Read your blog and glad I did! (saw your post on team huddle) You are doing so great! Love your attitude and encouraging words. emoticon

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HGSGUY 11/26/2013 9:15AM

    That is a lot of steps and an impressive streak! Congratulations on the accomplishment as well as a big congrats for what you have done to your health, fitness, mental state, and how you feel!
That is awesome!

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MADEIT3 11/26/2013 8:48AM

    You are my inspiration!! Yay you!

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BILL60 11/26/2013 8:44AM

    Way to hang tough!!

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IAFERRETMOM 11/26/2013 7:50AM

    Amazing!!!!

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SKMINNY 11/26/2013 7:49AM

    Walk on man! walking and weight training best ways to go. look at burn fat feed muscle... it will take u there..

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TWESTEN1 11/26/2013 7:04AM

    Fabulous! I haven't even reached 10,000 a day with my tracker :( You are quite the inspiration & I'm going to start pushing myself harder. Awesome job! Keep up the great work!


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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 11/26/2013 6:54AM

    emoticon Actually I wish they had an emoticon that said "WOW" because that is what I said when I started reading your blog today. You are what I strive to become. I've walked 20,000 a couple of times but my current goal is 17,000 daily. Some days the call of the recliner wins out but allot of the days I do it. I shall work harder to do this. I know it can be done - you are proof! Thank you for the inspiration today.

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KABMPH 11/26/2013 6:53AM

    You go, man!! This is so fantastic!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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