Back in late March, I decided to upgrade my pedometer. The old one I had tracked steps, converted them to miles, and had a clock. It had a cover over the face, to minimize the chance of resetting it accidentally. The problem was the cover was loose, and if it didn't snap shut all the way it didn't record my steps. So I did a little research and decided on a new Omron pedometer. It does everything my old pedometer does, but it also has a seven day memory and automatic reset. I can input my weight and it calculates the number of calories burned each day. I ordered it online, waited anxiously for it to arrive, and.....nothing. It came, I looked at it, and it sat on my desk. For months. Until last weekend.
I came across it while I was cleaning and decided to jump into a new walking program. I probably picked the hottest week of the year, but I felt like if I didn't get started NOW, who knows when I would? The new pedometer was really easy to set up - I didn't even need the directions - and it clips into my pocket. Off I went.
Automatic reset is a great feature but it's going to take some getting used to. The daily stats save to the memory each day at midnight. With my schedule, midnight would probably equate to 6pm for "regular" people. When I got to work last night I was only at about 4500 steps, with a daily goal of 10,000. I knew the only way I would hit my target was to walk - quickly - as far as I could on my dinner break.
At 10pm last night the heat index here was still nearly 90*. The humidity was over 80%. I walked anyway. In the 30 minutes I take for dinner, I was able to hit my goal of 10,000 steps. Unfortunately for my coworkers, I was pretty much a puddle of sweat by the time I got back to the office. Clearly, my routine will take some tweaking. I think I'm going to start walking after work. It will be weird to start my day with a couple thousand steps, but maybe that will motivate me to plan ahead.
In the end, though, I'm pretty excited to have this new goal to focus on. Fall is right around the corner and the colors here are spectacular. I look forward to spending some quality time getting fit on the hiking trails around the area with my new pedometer tracking my every step. And I plan to bring my camera, so I can share the sights with you.