The Fate of My Pedometers
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I have been wearing a pedometer off and on for a little over 2 years. I ordered an Omron HJ-720ITC. It came in right before we went to Disney World. I wore it everyday we were there and logged quite a few steps!! Somewhere between the airplane and the shuttle back to our vehicle, I lost it! It was several months later before I ordered another one. Same kind. I had been wearing this one for about 6 months when I ran over it. It fell off as I was getting in the car and I didn't realize it. I ordered another one and had it for several months before it got flushed down the toilet. Are you seeing a pattern? I ordered another one. I wore this one for five months. I was very committed to 10,000 steps a day. Last Thursday I was trying to get in all my steps before I left for Nashville. I made sure I had all my steps in before I loaded the car to head to the church to meet the other members of the youth team. Somewhere between my car and church van ... you guessed it ... I lost it!! I was in withdrawals so I ordered another one and had it rushed so it would be in my mailbox when I got home on Monday. I got home Monday and there it was!! I was one happy person!! I quickly opened it and put it on and got to walking. Everything was going great. THEN . . . Thursday evening I went out to clean the skimmer basket in the pool and low and behold, my pedometer jumped off and took a dive into the pool!! I was pretty upset to say the least. This one had only survived 4 days! I retrieved it from the pool and shook it out as best I could. I tried to dry it out with the hairdryer, but it still wouldn't work. I finally took it all apart and left it out to dry. The next morning I got up and put it back together. SUCCESS!!! It worked. This one is a tough little bugger. Hopefully it will last me a very long time. My husband says I should go ahead and order another one to have on hand because he thinks this one is doomed!
I know that this was quite long but I say that to say this . . . wearing the pedometer has been one of my biggest motivators. It really helps me to push myself to do more. When I worked, I would do fairly well getting my steps in, but when I quit work to be a stay at home mom, there were days that I wouldn't even have 2,000 steps at the end of the day. I made a committment that I wouldn't go to bed until I had my 10,000 steps in. There are nights when I walk in place or do steps on the WiiFit to get all my steps in.
I love my pedometer and I am going to try really hard to take care of this ... my 5th ... one!!