A few years ago I needed to lose some weight and I started walking. I calculated that I walked about 3 miles every morning. When I walked I wore a pedometer and it used to say that I walked about 1,500 steps during my 3 miles. I think at the time the recommended number of steps a day was about 10,000. I wasn't just far off that, I felt as though I was miles and miles and miles off. It used to take just over an hour to walk my 3 miles and I couldn't spend nigh on 7 hours a day walking to get to the 10,000 steps.
So I gave up on the pedometer and just walked.
Then I got busy and didn't walk. Then I started to walk again and had another go with a different pedometer which still seemed to measure hardly any steps.
Because I hardly ever seemed to get any steps counted, but felt as though I was walking a lot, I found it very disheartening and that is why I stopped walking. I didn't know if I was kidding myself about the distance I was walking (even though I had checked it very carefully and had calculated that I was within a tenth of a mile or so of what I thought). Perhaps I was walking too slowly.
So as I said, I gave up on the walking. It wasn't a good idea, but I did it, and I cannot change the past now! Plus I don't believe in regrets!!
Then fitbits and jawbones and the like became popular and I thought about getting one, but assumed that it had to be linked to a clever phone which I don't have, and I didn't really want to wear one of those wristband things. Plus I really don't understand the thing of monitoring how long you sleep for and all the other things that it would tell you. I just want to know how far I am actually walking!!! For real!
The other day though for some reason I had a look at the fitbit website and discovered that you could buy a little tiny one that clips onto your pocket - or bra - and it is basically just a pedometer. Plus you don't have to have a snazzy phone to use it with! Yay!!
So, yesterday I went for it and bought one. This cute pink little fellow. It is called a fitbit zip.
It is pretty tiny, was very easy to set up and so far seems to be counting far more steps than any of the other pedometers that I have had before did. It also has a really strong clip which makes it a little tricky to clip on, but it doesn't then fall off which the pedometers that I had before were prone to doing.
It is very early days and I am sure that I will be well off walking 10,000 steps anytime soon, but if I can see how many I am walking, and track that so hopefully I can increase it over time, I hope that it will motivate me to do more. I read a great quote on Vicki's blog, "No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch". So no matter how slow I go, I will keep that in mind and also try and keep in mind something else that I think Vicki said which is that I will do more than I did last week.
I don't know where this will lead, and I know that at the end of the day it is down to me to get off my tuchus and get moving, but I hope that it will help me to see where I have been and head towards where I want to go. With a bit more accuracy than I had in the past!!!
I feel confident about this because I have been keeping track of what I have been doing and writing my to do lists and crossing things off and it has really motivated me, so I think that being able to track this and make goals and so on will help me too. Plus I feel in a better place and more determined than I have before. So we will see.
Somehow September and back to school time - although we don't have anyone going back to school here! - seems like a good time to start new things doesn't it.
Now, I just need to work out how to get the dreadful old music off my MP3 player and load up some new stuff that will give me a beat to walk to! Of course figuring out how to work that piece of tech is pretty much beyond me. I need either a 12 year old or hubby..... Might take a while to get that piece of the puzzle sorted!!
I don't know if I will report back on this, but I will try and let you know how it goes in case you are interested!
Just so you know, this isn't an advert, I haven't been paid, or given a fitbit. I bought the little guy in the photo - or is it a gal! - with my own money and I am doing this because I want to, not at anyone else's bidding!