As many of you already know, I've been wearing a pedometer for a while now. I haven't really updated the story in a while but I have now walked 13,140,000 steps in three years! That's equivalent to 6,225 miles, or roughly the distance from Connecticut to Los Angeles, CA and back!
I don't keep a daily log of my steps and the numbers are an estimate. I just know that on average, I probably get around 12,000 steps a day (some days around 10K, other days closer to 15K). It's not an exact number but I'm confident that it's probably close to the actual number of steps that I walked.
I only skipped one day, back in March 18, 2013, when I was sick with a cold. Even that day, I still had 5,000 steps.
So why do I bother to get these steps in, especially since I reached my goal weight? I have a desk job and I need the reminder to get moving. I used to sit all day long without moving much. I would have such stiff legs when I would finally stand up after several hours. The pedometer is a great way to keep reminding myself that I don't want to sit too long.
I might eventually give up the pedometer but it really does help on days that I don't get to the gym. Maybe I should just consider using it on days I don't get to the gym.
It's exhausting when you look at the distance I've walked, but I'm proud of the accomplishment. It all started with the first Wellness Challenge I was in back in April of 2012. If you are looking to try and lose weight, I'd recommend getting a simple pedometer. It really is a helpful tool!