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Lessons in step counting

Friday, March 14, 2014

Since I am just returning to SP and renewing my mission of lowering my weight and body measurements to be as healthy as possible, I decided to track my step count. Found a free step counter app for my phone and decided that I would keep my initial step count goal low. The recommended minimum number of steps is 10,000 and I do walk quite a bit going from my desk to the printer, copier, and so on. I decided that I would start with 6,000 because I wanted something that was neither a slam dunk nor a gimme ----- something that I could achieve without too much stress or extra time as a morale booster.

Day 1 - wasn't feeling well, the weather was cold with a very brisk cold wind, and didn't download the app until after lunchtime resulted in 1,704. Ok, maybe 6,000 would be doable on a day when I felt better and the weather was nicer.

Day 2 - walked a bit of a distance to meet a friend at lunch. Probably 10 minutes each way, did a couple of loads of laundry after work, climbed the stairs several times. Disappointing end result = 4,5470.

I am so glad that I decided to track my steps. I thought days like Day 2 I would be way above 6,000 and closer to 10,000. Now I know that I really need to ramp it up. Learning a lot from the experience.

But we can't fix it if we don't know what is broke! My perspective is that we only fail when we give up. emoticon
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