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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!!
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    That omron model is a terrific unit for the 30 dollar price.
    3864 days ago
    Healthy and darth: LOL at both of your comments.

    I have had similar luck with pedometers. Someone gave me one maybe a year ago that he received from work or something, and guess, what I haven't broken it or lost it yet! I have bought cheap ones as they don't work long for me or I loose them. The ones that don't fold over and close, I accidently wipe out my steps before I go to bed. The folded ones, I wind up breaking, but they don't get zeroed when I don't mean to. This one is a fold over one and seems somewhat accurate. The other problem I had was that when I wore winter boots it gave me more steps than when I wore tennis shoes or barefoot.

    But I have not made great use of the numbers, other than to tell me when I have had a rather sedentary day other than my workout time, when I tend to take it off. I try not to have really low days, but now that I am about to enter maintenance mode, I probably will try and get more regular steps in, as I reduce a little bit my workouts.
    3889 days ago
  • no profile photo PAMINHALF
    Ok I've tried the pedometer route and found it hard to keep on. Do you find that bothers you at all?
    3891 days ago
    I found this blog both funny and motivating at the same time. Pedometers and I don't get along at all. I either lose them or they just quit working. I'd like to try the pocket one but I'm so afraid of the same thing happening again.

    Not sleeping till you get your steps in, now THAT'S commitment!
    3891 days ago
    I agree with hubby, order a back up!
    3892 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    I agrree with your husband you should have a spare. I have one from spark that I never took out of the box. I think I might this weekend.
    3892 days ago
    I totally agree with OAFSSISTER
    I actually busted out laughing at one point. Sorry if you did not mean it to be funny. I lost so many the same ways. I use one you put in your pocket now and have had it for almost 3 months now. I like it and it works great too

    Sportline 4407 is its name if any one is looking for a decent one.

    Good luck on keeping this one for a bit girl! emoticon
    3894 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6254520
    "If at first you dont succeed......."

    Great blog!!!

    I think we all have things that motivate us and help us reach our goals. The pedometer means a lot to you, thats why you keep replacing it. It acts as a tool to help you maintain your balance and centers you.

    Keep up the good work

    Much Love

    3895 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8305990
    For some reason - I found this hilarious ! I hope you meant it that way.........It is really funny today because this morning I could not find mine!!!! I turned the couch upside down and everything to find it. I re-sorted the laundry just in case. I even looked into the garbage. I felt that moment of panic like you must have felt each time. I finally found it just a short time ago under the bed BUT I looked there earlier and it was not there - I swear! Good luck with this one!
    3895 days ago
    Your commitment to 10,000 steps is commendable. I think your determination is fantastic!!!

    P.S. I'm looking into stock in the company that makes your pedometers. I would really like an early retirement.
    3895 days ago
    The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step but ends with (______) pedometers!!

    Good luck and don't let the little things discourage the important things! I'm proud of you!!!
    3895 days ago
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