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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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